So I made a ton of gum paste - including red and black - yesterday. I went to start a figure and it's just like pie dough. It has no elasticity.
I used the Wilton Gum Tex and followed the recipe on the can. Any ideas of what went wrong? The gum tex is 4 yrs old.
I'm betting that your gum tex is kaput. It loses it's strength over time.
I know a professional company who had the same problem. They bought it in bulk and found that after a year, it was losing strength. They called the supplier and were told to buy smaller quantities more often to avoid the issue.
You may be able to rescue it if you have any tylose or cmc or gum trag (fresh). It's probably worth a try.
Do you happen to know if the same thing happens with tylose?
No, I don't know for sure.
I can tell you that I've had some tylose for several years--I'm thinking 3--and I still use it without problems. I've made gum glue with it and I dab my fondant in it when I make figures. Things seem to work fine.
I was going to order some on-line and was just wondering what the shelf life was on tylose so I really appreciate you answering so quickly!
Thanks so much...I had made red and black so I didn't really want to throw it out and start again!