Question About Melvira Roller & Food Safety

Decorating By tsal Updated 15 Feb 2010 , 2:05am by ziggytarheel

tsal Posted 15 Feb 2010 , 12:41am
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Hi,
I would like to try the Melvira roller method for smoothing buttercream. Ever since I read the post warning people to avoid sticking floral wire directly in cakes (which I have never tried), I question the food safety of every new product I am considering.

Is there any reason to think that Melvira rollers would be questionable in terms of food safety? I'm Canadian so I cannot get Viva paper towels here.

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Deb_ Posted 15 Feb 2010 , 12:51am
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ummm how about using parchment paper since you can't get Viva, that may work.

Eisskween Posted 15 Feb 2010 , 1:00am
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I'm in Canada too, but am lucky enough to have family in the States and I'm not too far from the border. When I am out, I use wax paper, it absorbs less grease than the parchment paper.

tsal Posted 15 Feb 2010 , 1:19am
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I tried parchment but it didn't do a thing! I may have been doing something wrong though, because I don't use a crusting buttercream. I always use Swiss Buttercream, so when it came time to smooth it (after it set in the fridge), nothing happened.

Should I perhaps run the fondant smoother under warm water before attempting this again?

Deb_ Posted 15 Feb 2010 , 1:25am
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Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but I thought this method was for crusting buttercremes only.

For SMBC isn't a hot spatula the best for smoothing?

tracey1970 Posted 15 Feb 2010 , 1:38am
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Yes, the Melvira method is for crusting BC only. I have found parchment paper, computer paper (a la Sugarshack), etc., not to be very effective for me. I use the Melvira method on all my BC cakes. I bought the high density foam rollers at Canadian Tire. I washed them in dish soap and dried them first. I use them only for cakes. Never had a problem. This is the method that works best for me.

Eisskween Posted 15 Feb 2010 , 1:44am
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Deb_

Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but I thought this method was for crusting buttercremes only.

For SMBC isn't a hot spatula the best for smoothing?




You are correct Deb, the Viva method works best on crusting buttercream. I never used it on anything else.

ziggytarheel Posted 15 Feb 2010 , 2:05am
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To be extra safe, I use the roller over a Viva paper towel! I would think parchment paper would also work.

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