I am fairly new to cake decorating and I was just wondering, which brand of pastry/decorating bag everyone thought was the best. I'm sorry if this is a repost but I searched and couldn't find anything on this subject. Thanks.
Well, I use the wilton throw away ones because I can get them with a 40% off coupon. I recently tried the kee seal bags and I really like them but they are expensive. I only use parchment when I am using a small amount of color that wont need t be refilled. I do not like the ones you have to wash.
I think it is a matter of preference and cost. I started off using the plastic disposable. When I took a class, the instructor made us use the paper ones that you have to have PhD to fold properly, stand on one foot and squint one eye to fold properly. I almost had a melt down working with it. She said she was too cheap to buy the plastic ones and wanted us to see our other options. I would pawn everything in my house before I would use the paper disposable ones. I like my plastic ones. You will get many opinions on this post.
Most of the time I use the Wilton plastic disposable ones but I love to use the parchment paper bags. I have mastered putting them together in seconds! lol. For me, I feel like I have so much more control with the paper ones. I use the plastic for anything that need a larger amount of icing.
I hate the reusable ones. They're expensive too. ddaigle is right, you will get a lot of different opinions, everyone has their own preference.
You know... I totally forgot about parchment paper bags... I love them too for small jobs working with buttercream; and all work done with royal icing or chocolate.. After teaching Wilton classes for 15 years, I can fold them in my sleep..
I guess I'm "odd person out" so far!! I actually like the Wilton featherweight. Yes, they're more expensive, but I've been using the same bags for years and years. I like how they feel and I don't get "blow outs" in the bags if I'm piping a stiffer icing. I like the plastic disposable 2nd, and the parchment last. I think it's definitely what you get used to. I recommend you try them all!
Thanks so much for all your help, I start my first Wilton course on Sunday. I will keep all your helpful hints in mind when I go do my shopping. Thanks so much!!!
I like the Wilton featherweight, as a PP stated: no blowouts. I have been recently purchasing the Ateco bags and those are wonderful!
j-pal: you're not the only "odd person out" as I really like the featherweight ones too. I like the control that I have and the fact that I'm not throwing more plastic into the landfill.
Leah1204: if you find out that you like the featherweights you could buy a lot of them on ebay sometime. I've purchased them for as little as $2 each and with no problems getting them into Canada! Good luck with your course!
I LOVE the BakeryCraft bags, they are awesome!! The Wilton Featherweight bags are good too, but watch out for the cheaper Wilton bags. I bought some at Wal-Mart, not sure what they said but they're horrible.
I also keep the disaposable ones handy. I tend to put off washing my regular bags and sometimes I have to use the disaposable ones.
On that note, anyone else have problems with Ateco tips? I hate those things!!! They all rust after a few uses. The BakeryCraft an Wilton ones rarely ever do.
CakesbyLJ .......I checked out the keeseal site and they have free samples! Here's the link if anyone wants it.
Thanks for posting!
You're welcome Chippi! I use both sizes.. regular and the large, for icing the cake.. I have never had a seam burst, and I have been using them for years..
Actually, that's a keeseal bag I'm using in my signature down there .. It just keeps going and going, like the energizer bunny...
<sorry, I couldn't resist> I seriously need to get to work on my cake for today...
Good Luck on your cake .......your cakes look amazing! Post it if you have a chance would love to see it!
Ihave found though, that learning to fold up a teeny tiny parchment triangle helps immensely when piping very small details....where a big bulky bag would get in the way. Allows you to do it with one hand, and is steadier.
I never used a parchment bag until wilton class 3... I never took class 1 or 2. The instructor had to show me how to make the darn things. *UGH* I used 1- that day- for the whole class time. The rest of the time I used teh featherweight or pro bags wilton makes. I use these up to about a 12 inch bag.
For large amounts of frosting, I like the plastic coated Ateco ones. They are thick and feel a bit bulky until you get used to them. I use these for larger cakes with larger borders and the bag would need refilled often- I hate refilling bags! These can be popped into the dishwasher, too!
I don't like the wilton plastic ones at all. I have some, but will probably never use them unless every bag I have bursts and I have no parchment. The plastic ones feel like they are bulging in my hand every time I squeeze.
I do use parchment bags now and then if, and only if I'm using a small amount (like red for a tongue... or a little bit o piping or something like that) and I don't need a tip.
I think I'll have to try the keeseal bags... that trial looks like a good deal, even with shipping.