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How to prepare and fill a pastry bag with icing for piping and decorating

Updated on August 11, 2015

Using a pastry bag will help give your food a professional presentation. Anytime you need to fill or top a food with something somewhat smooth and soft consider piping it. I use it for decorating desserts, putting dough onto pans, and even deviled eggs! Just to name a few...

Here's a video showing how with tips down below.

Helpful Hints and Tips

1. When starting out don't buy a huge piping bag. Buy one about the size in the video and refill it as needed until you become used to it. Most of the time you wont need a bigger one anyway.

2. Better to not cut enough than to cut too much! Cutting too much will not hold your tip and waist a bag. you can always cut more if you need to and using a pen to mark will help eliminate any guessing.

3. Using a coupler will enable you to use the same filling with different tips. Just unscrew and change tips as needed.

4. Always fold your bag over itself! unless of course you want your filling getting all over you as you pipe :P

5. Don't fill your bag more than half full.

Please leave comments for anymore hint or tips I missed. Also, what do you use piping bags for?? Happy Piping!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Loved the video and hub Mama Kim. Thanks for sharing. Voted up, useful and interesting. Sharing it.

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Rajan, Oh I'm so nervous in this video ^_^ I glad you liked it anyway, thank you for your kind comment, votes and share. Its always a pleasure to see you my friend.

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      Deepak Chaturvedi 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      I found this hub useful thanks to share your tips with us.

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Thank you Deepak! Your comment is appreciated ^_^

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      Deepak Chaturvedi 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      I liked that idea and found it useful.

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Thank you Deepak

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks for this, Sasha. Most chefs get a little clumsy with the filling! great tips and a thorough video too. A tremendous effort, and I share thi and pin.

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Oh my Michelle... I really need to take this down, lol I'm so nervous in the video!! ^_^ It's embarrassing! I am glad and thankful that you like it though. Thank you my friend ^_^

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      This is an excellent video hub. You don't look nervous in the video. It actually looks really professional! Excellent!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Sasha,

      Agree with Tammy, the video is great and you look quite the professional!

      Piping is something so useful and can really make the difference with a dish be it sweet or savoury and can so easily be done by us all!

      Great job, useful and interesting as always!!! :-)

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Tammy, Thank you ^_^ I was going for personable... but I'll take professional, lol. Thank you for your support ^_^

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Suzie, Thank you! I greatly appreciate all your support ^_^

      You are so right, piping can really make the presentation!

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