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post #16 of 28
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How do you microwave metal tips?  Don't they spark?  I put mine in the dishwasher with the forks/spoons.  I also pre-soak them in boiled water.


This thread is 6 years old...As long as the tips are covered completely with water they will not spark.

post #17 of 28

AH, so it is 6 years old.    It showed up on the new postings though...wonder why.  Shouldn't matter how old a thread is though, if it's useful.icon_wink.gif

post #18 of 28
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AH, so it is 6 years old.    It showed up on the new postings though...wonder why.  Shouldn't matter how old a thread is though, if it's useful.icon_wink.gif
I agree! I love the old threads with the members that are all gone... So many were so knowledgable, and so giving. I wonder where they have gone?
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post #19 of 28

Norasmom, the person who posted before you brought it back up and made it a new posting.

post #20 of 28

I've actually has some success with boiling them in water that has creme of tartar in it.  I found this method when trying to get the discoloration out of an aluminum pot so I tried it on my decorating tips!

post #21 of 28
Never even imagined doing anything other than a full field-strip, and washing the parts the same as anything else that has to be hand-washed.

As to bags, I'm still just cutting the corner out of a 1-quart zip-top food storage (or freezer) bag. (Sandwich bags are too light; they'll rupture!)

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post #22 of 28

I've never heard of a "full field-strip".  May I have the details of the procedure?

post #23 of 28

"Field-strip" is a term that originated in the military, meaning to disassemble a weapon (for cleaning and/or emergency repair) as completely as practical outside of a repair facility.

It has since been expanded to non-military, non-weapon contexts, for example, field-stripping a desktop computer (particularly one like a Mac Mini, that has no obvious way to open it) to add memory. In this case, I simply meant completely disassembling the tip, coupler, nut, and bag, and washing (or discarding, in the case of a disposable bag) each piece separately.

 

Typically, when I field-strip a piping bag after use, I toss the coupler nut into a bowl of warm water as soon as it comes off, then I remove the tip, using thumb pressure to drive the frosting out of it, before rinsing it in running water and tossing it into the bowl, then remove and either save or discard the frosting, then remove the coupler body from the bag, again driving out any remaining frosting, rinse, and toss in the bowl, then (since it's just a zip-top bag with a corner cut out) discard the bag. Then the parts stay in the bowl of water until the next sink load of pots, pans, knives, &c get hand-washed.

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post #24 of 28

Oh, how stupid of me, that's how I do it but, they go in the next load of dishes in the dishwasher.  Maybe the hard water from my well is what's getting the tips so tarnished!  Thanks for explaining even though I should have known!

post #25 of 28

I can't imagine why anybody would do it any differently.

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post #26 of 28

p632, I hand wash and dry my tips.  I don't like what the dishwasher does to other metal things and don't want my tips to get ugly. 

post #27 of 28
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p632, I hand wash and dry my tips.  I don't like what the dishwasher does to other metal things and don't want my tips to get ugly. 

I also only hand wash and dry my tips. I want to make sure there is no residue.

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post #28 of 28
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p632, I hand wash and dry my tips.  I don't like what the dishwasher does to other metal things and don't want my tips to get ugly. 

 

Me too danetteb:  and sit them to dry on a nice tea towel.  Metal abhors water. Personally I'd rather leave my tips sitting on a paper towel, just off the bag, even with icing in them, until I can get to them, than to leave them in water.  metal hates water.

 

I only takes a second to put the kettle on and boil a little water and pour it on a bowl of icing tip parts.

Once the water cools enough to handle the tips, I hand wash. 

 

{ ps: I field strip my weapons, not my tools. My weapons are for destruction, my tools are for creation and repair.}

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