Unbiased Review of Michele Garcia’s Kitchen Apothecarium Blog Series

God Bless the 1st Amendment! I recently came across the Michele Garcia’s monumental blog post series ‘My Kitchen Apothecarium’

I will offer my unbiased opinion. I am still debating linking to it. All this name calling and stuff. Wink, wink.


Meanwhile please check out the new chapter of this article about How to Make a Pastry Bag.

…And, just like that, another work week is underway. This week has proven to be more than a little nutty for me already, so I’m just trying to get everything done and keep my head above water. Not always as easy as it seems!

A little over a week ago, I did my first “tutorial” here on the blog. In that post, I showed you how to poach an egg. To my delight, I got a lot of positive feedback on the tutorial. I loved hearing that some of you found it helpful!

To piggyback off of that, I’m going to try to do one tutorial each week. Per Alysha’s suggestion, the second one will be how to make a pastry bag.

I love to use pastry bags, because the very little added effort of filling the bag really pays off. Pastry bags allow you to frost cupcakes or decorate a cake with much more precision and finesse. Sure, you can buy plastic pastry bags, but I love homemade pastry bags for two main reasons: They are easy to clean (You just throw them away!) and they are inexpensive (a whole roll of parchment cost me just $3.50 and I can use it for lots of things).

So, here’s how to make a pastry bag:

  1. Rip off a square of parchment.
  2. Fold in half to form a triangle. Rip at the seam into two triangles. Set one triangle aside for use another time. Place the triangle on a flat surface with the middle point facing you
  3. Curl the right point up to the middle point.
  4. Holding the two points together, roll the left point over and around to form a cone with a sharp point. Tape the seam together to hold in place.
  5. Fill the pastry bag and fold the sides down, as you would when wrapping a present.
  6. Press the front and back together, and roll down. Using scissors, snip a small amount off of the tip to use. Roll the parchment down, as needed, while decorating.

Hope this is clear! I know it can be a little tricky to follow, but it shouldn’t be too hard. This site has a very good diagram, if you’re feeling a little lost. Any questions? Just ask!


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