As you may have read a couple of weeks ago, I made a batch of profiteroles (and some éclairs later on in the week). I fished out my piping set, forgetting how completely inadequate it had been the last time I’d used it.
I should have realised that it was going to be a false economy when I picked it up at the supermarket. The bag with 6 metal nozzles cost all of £2. I used it once when I made some cupcakes. It was very fiddly – the bag was way too small, it could only hold a few tablespoonfuls of icing. By the time I piped the éclairs with cream, the bag had split and cream was actually diffusing through the whole thing; I’d only used it three times!
I’ve now thrown out the bag – I’ve held on to the nozzles and coupler so am in search of a large, decent, durable piping bag. When looking online I read quite a few reviews from buyers, there were endless one star reviews; complaints about some brands of bag splitting at the seams after just one use. I didn’t fancy buying single-use plastic bags, too much waste, so here are some of the reusable piping bags in the running.
- Cotton Thermo standard piping bag – 28cm: £2.99, Nisbets
- 2 piece piping bag set by Cake Boss – 20cm & 30cm: £11.95, Wayfair
- PME premium icing bag – 30cm: £6.75, Divertimenti
- Master Class professional 50cm icing and food piping bag: £5.10, Amazon
- Large icing bag – 30cm: £5.65, Lakeland