OK I broke down and bought a cricut at michaels yesterday on a whim because they had it for $97. It was the last one they had left and they werent getting more in so I figured I would get it for monograms since alot of my brides want monograms and I presently cut them with an exacto knife.
Anyway, I havent opened it and was just googling the topic and some post came up saying that the original cricuts are not food safe. Now I know for a fact that people have been using the reg cricuts for at aleast a couple of years and I never heard of this before. Isnt it just a motorized exacto knife (I know oversimplifying but you know what I mean)? Cant you clean the blade and sanitize it in a 50 ppm bleach solution which doesnt corrode metal but meets dept ag standards?
I am not looking to use it extensively as I really like to get my hands more involved in making the cakes but it would be a nice tool for certain tasks. I will simply bring it back unopened if this is a real issue. NOT paying the money for cricut cake
I have been searching info on this too, well i can share with you what i found out.
I believe you can use the expresion or other cutters, providing... you have a deep cut blade for this, a mat that is food safe. This is the difference. the internal parts of the cricut cake is stainless steal, this is for cleaning. You cannot clean the inside of another cutter with water at all. So you must use non perishable material. I would definatly use sugarveil, or maybe gumpaste...maybe. Prob. not fondant. There is a forum at cricut site that has a whole discussion on this, and a youtube tuitorial with Sugarveil
This is my opinion only, what i feel safe with after researching, but i havnt tried it yet.
Here are a few websites I checked out -
http://www.icingimages.com/info.php they sell sugarveil starter kit w/mat
HTH ~ IMO only...hopefully you'll get other feedback too!
I have never used a cricut for scrapbooking so I dont know what any of the parts look like (dont want to open in case I decide to return) Just wondering...do the blades come off? If the blades come off couldnt you sanitize? I know you cant put water in the machine. If PM would be better feel free Just looking for some advise from those who use the cricut machines that are not the cricut cake.