You may have seen those mesmerizing cookie decoration videos where the icing comes out from piping bags with no nozzles. These are tipless piping bags.
But what are tipless piping bags? Tipless piping bags are a relatively newer addition to the cookies decoration industry. These are disposable piping bags with no coupler and nozzle. All you need to do is to fill up the bag with icing and cut the tip as much as you need.
In this article, we will tell you everything you need to know about tipless piping bags, including how to cut them properly and what piping techniques you can achieve using these pastry bags.
What Is A Tipless Piping Bag?
If you are into the art of cookie decorating, you have surely seen or heard of the tipless piping bags.
These are disposable piping bags that have a triangular shape and a finished tip. The latter provides one of the main advantages of tipless piping bags.
You can cut the tip of the bag as much as you want to control the size of the opening and the thickness and style of the line it makes.
Some brands make tipless piping bags using materials of different thicknesses. There is no difference whether you are using a piping bag made of a thinner or thicker material. It is mostly a matter of preference.
Though it should be noted that the thicker ones might work better for thicker substances while the thin ones will be perfect as icing pods or for using to decorate with a thinner icing.
Tipless Piping Bas Vs Regular Piping Bags
Both types of piping bags have the same cone or triangular shape.
But the key difference is that a tipless piping bag features a single bag often made of plastic material while regular piping bags have a few constituent parts.
They are composed of a bag, a nozzle, and a coupler. The latter is a plastic device that allows you to change the nozzles without having to change the piping bag.
The Pros And Cons Of Tipless Piping Bags
Now that you know what are tipless piping bags and how they compare to regular pastry bags, let’s see what are the pros and cons of these decorating tools.
- Tipless piping bags give you the freedom to cut the point of the bag as much as you want and control the thickness of the lines you make. So, you don’t have to purchase multiple decorating tips and use a coupler every time you decorate a cookie or cupcake.
- You can cut the tip of the tipless piping bag differently for various designs and icing shapes.
- These piping bags are disposable. You can buy many of them at an affordable price. The disposable piping bags make the process of cleaning up the kitchen easier and faster.
- As these bags are reusable, they are often made of flexible material that is easy to control and make use of all of the icing inside the bag.
- Tipless piping bags provide a nice sharp tip for detailed work. And the good thing is, you can always cut the tip further to adjust the thickness of the icing line coming out from the piping bag.
- Tipless piping bags can be used as icing pods for regular piping bags that a coupler and nozzle. Doing this helps with the easy cleanup of your decorating tools.
- There is a learning curve to tipless piping bags. You may need a few tries to get the hang of cutting the point properly.
- While it is not only stripes that you can make with tipless piping bags the possibilities are surely limited. There are complicated designs you can’t make with tipless piping bags and will need regular piping bags with the needed nozzles.
- One of the main disadvantages of disposable tipless piping bags is that they create a lot of waste.
- If the piping bag material is too thin and the icing inside has a very thick consistency, you may have a hard time working with the bag.
How To Use Tipless Piping Bags
If it’s your first time using a tipless piping bag, here’s how to fill it up and use it.
- First off, to make filling up the piping bag easy, place it in a tall glass. Fold the edges of the bag over the glass.
- Spoon the frosting or the icing you will be using into the piping bag. Make sure to not fill up the bag up to the top.
- Push down the icing to create pressure in the bag. As the tipless piping bags are very flexible, you can tie a knot to secure the icing inside. If the bag is a little fuller, you can use ties or clips.
- Cut the tip of the piping bag to create an opening.
- Practice how much pressure you need to apply on the bag for it to distribute the icing in the needed amount and speed.
How To Cut Tipless Piping Bags
Cutting tipless piping bags seems to be an easy and straightforward task. However, there is a right way of doing it if you want to get those perfect lines of icing. Here’s how.
- When it’s time to use the tipless piping bag, pull out your sharpest and tiniest pair of scissors.
- Before you make the cut, flatten out the piping bag tip to make it even. There is a seam on tipless piping bags. Don’t flatten the piping bag along the seam. This way the piping bag will open to have a nice round opening that will distribute the icing evenly and beautifully. Push the icing up to get all of it out of the tip part.
- It’s time to cut. Make the cut straight across the tip and as small as possible especially if you will be doing detailed work with the icing. You should also start small if it is your first time using a tipless piping bag. It is always better to start small and cut more if you find the opening to be too small.
- Remember you have flattened the tip? Pinch it back to make it rounded again. And that’s how you cut tipless piping bags.
Other Ways Of Cutting A Tipless Piping Bag
Tipless piping bags are perfect for getting straight lines of different thicknesses. But you can also cut them to pipe out ruffles and leaves.
For a ruffle design, cut the tip of the piping bag at an angle. With one side of the tip bigger than the other, you can easily make flowers and petals using the piping bag without a special nozzle.
Flip the bag and squeeze to see how the ruffles turn out depending on which way you hold the bag.
The leaf design is another possibility with these piping bags. To pipe out leaves you should cut out the tip of the piping bag in an inverted V-shape. Use the seam as a guide to make the cuts on both sides even.
To pipe out leaves, you should be holding the bag with the seam side facing up. If you turn the piping bag on the side you will get nice long ruffles.
Another thing you can do is to cut your piping bag to have a star-shaped tip. First, make a straight cut. Then, cut out at least two triangles. This way you will be able to pipe out stars, swirls, rosettes, spirals, etc.
DIY Tipless Piping Bags
As you can tell, piping bags feature an easy construction. You can make a tipless piping bag yourself. All you need is a freezer bag, tape, and a pair of scissors.
We recommend you choose medium-sized freezer bags made of thicker and more durable material.
Here are step-by-step instructions for a DIY tipless piping bag.
- Start with trimming off all of the sides of a freezer bag. By doing this, you end up with two rectangular sheets of plastic.
- Cut out small strips of tape. Do this in advance and have them ready at hand when you start assembling the piping bag.
- It’s time to shape the piping bag. Start from the longest corner of the sheet of plastic and create a cone. The top of the cone should be as tight as possible.
- Once you have curled the sheet of plastic so that it makes a cone, seal the edge with a strip of tape. Put the tape closer to the tip to secure it. You can also tape the edge of the plastic sheet from the inside to make sure the cone doesn’t fall apart when you fill it with icing.
- To use your DIY tipless piping bag, fill it with icing. Push down the icing to create pressure. You can fold the upper part of the bag and seal it with tape for convenient and mess-free use.
- Cut the very tip of the piping bag to start decorating. As you have sealed the frosting in the bag and created pressure in it, the flow of the icing will be quite quick for the first few seconds. Keep it over a napkin and start decorating your cookies or cupcakes when it has slowed down a little.