How to use a piping bag

Piping bags can be used in a range of recipes - from cupcakes to choux pastries and meringues. It's therefore a good idea to understand how to achieve the best results.

  1. To fill the piping bag, hold it just above the nozzle then pull the rest of the bag back over your hand
  2. Spoon the mixture into the bag, using your covered hand to pull it from the spoon
  3. When the mixture has been added (a maximum of two thirds full), gently squeeze the mixture towards the nozzle to remove any gaps or air pockets
  4. Twist the remaining fabric at the other end of the bag and secure with a band
  5. When piping, use one hand to squeeze the mixture and the other to support the bag just above the nozzle

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