Press and Seal Icing Pods

This tip isn’t novel or new, but in case ya missed it I thought I’d talk about the plastic wrap trick one more time.

What is the plastic wrap trick, you ask?  Basically it’s putting royal icing into neat little plastic wrap pods before bagging.  This allows you to quickly and easily refill bags while working, cuts down on cleanup time, and extends the life of disposable pastry bags.  You can watch a video demonstration here or click here for a step-by-step post on coloring and preparing royal icing.

Icing PodsThis idea is pretty much genius on it’s own, but add Press and Seal Wrap, and it can’t be beat.

Press and Seal Icing BagsBegin by measuring out a small piece of plastic wrap {size depends on how much icing you plan to bag}, place a dollop of icing in the center, fold the two opposite corners together diagonally, seal the edges, then use both hands to spin pod away from your body, twisting the ends into a tight seal.  Again, you can see a video version here and the photo version here.

Once the pods are complete, pull the prepared pod through a coupler.

Icing Pods 1Drop them into a prepared disposable icing bag {instructions can usually be found on the box} and pull through the snipped end.

Icing Pods 2Secure the top of the bag with ties like these from Wilton.

Icing Pods 3Snip any excess plastic below the coupler.

Icing Pods 4Then, finish up by adding a tip.

Glad Wrap Icing Pods 5Easy breezy, right?  To clean or change pods simply remove the tip and tie, pull out the empty pod, and reload.  Otherwise rinse and reuse the bag.

Icing Pods 6This is a great way to save money and a mess.  For more excellent icing tips check out these posts:

I hope this little tip simplifies the process a little.  Have a great week!

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  1. 11
    Meghan says:

    As I read your method of spinning the pod to create twisted ends, I winced in memory of all of those dish towel snaps I received from my brother growing up! Thanks for the tip! Now if only I had a little cleaning elf to wash my tips, cookie cutters, and cookie sheets.

  2. 12

    I just wanted to let you know that I tried this for the first time yesterday and all I can say is OMG!!! I love it!!! I ended up using super large old fashion baggies with both end blown out and it made working with royal icing a breeze and so cost effective!!! I’m so glad I found your site!!

  3. 13
    Robin says:

    Works great with Saran or cling wrap as well.

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    Donna says:

    This is the Best. Tip. EVER! I don’t know whether I’m so happy I could cry or just angry that I couldn’t think of that on my own. I tried it this week with my valentine cookies and Wow! what a time and aggravation saver. Super site. Thanks!

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    Katie says:

    I love your blog!! I’m a long-time cake decorator, first time doing royal icing & decorating cookies…. And on top of that, I stupidly decided to try it as a group cookie decorating party with girlfriends for V-Day instead of trying it out on my own first, so this could’ve been a huge disaster. But, your tips were great and I loved the results!! And my girlfriends had a blast too. The pastry bag trick is so great — I’m going to try that with buttercream for cake decorating next time. It took a couple extra minutes but was so much less messy than just using the pastry bag, and nothing leaked out the top even though my friends didn’t have experience holding pastry bags the proper way. Clean-up was really easy too. Thank you so much for sharing your experience & ideas with us!

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    Beth says:

    I tried this for the first time today and I must not have sealed it up right because frosting flew everywhere! On the faucet, in my hair, all over my shirt. It was pretty hilarious. Now I’ve learned my lesson, haha.