Pastry Bags: A Guide to Types and Uses

Choosing the Right Pastry Bag

Pastry bags are essential tools for bakers and pastry chefs. We will go as far as saying that they are a baker’s best friend. They allow for precision and control when decorating and filling pastries, cakes, and other baked goods. Each variation is designed with a specific purpose. 

When selecting the right pastry bag, it’s important to consider the type of filling or decoration you want to create. It’s also important to consider which size you will need. A larger bag is better for larger quantities of filling or decorations, while smaller bags are better for smaller quantities.

Pastry bags


Pastry bags are made from a variety of durable materials. Many are typically made from cotton, canvas, nylon, or plastic, and come in different shapes and sizes. The most common types of bags are:

  1. Disposable plastic pastry bags:
  2. Reusable pastry bags
  3. Silicone pastry bags

Disposable Pastry Bags

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Plastic-Coated Decorating Bags

  • This pastry bag is designed for both food service and home use.
  • Great for piping
  • It’s easy to clean, economically priced and slip resistant
  • Great for heavy-duty use
  • Microwave safe
  • Available in different sizes
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Clear Soft Disposable Bags

  • Made of linear low-density polyethylene with strong seams to prevent splitting
  • Saves time by eliminating cleanup
  • Won’t stretch or balloon when piping thick frosting 
  • The strongest disposable bag available
  • Not slippery to the touch like other disposable bags.
  • Use with hot or cold foods.
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Dual-Color Inserts for Pastry Bags

  • This two-color decorating-bag insert makes decorating striped designs faster and easier.
  • Pipe two different color icings through one tube
  • Use a coupler if you want to interchange similar size tubes
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Ultra-Grip Pastry Bags

  • The professional decorator’s preferred choice of pastry bag
  • Anti-slip for perfect grip
  • Disposable–no cleaning required, compared with reusable canvas bags
  • Smooth inner walls
  • Easy separation of bags
  • Microwave and Freezer Safe

Re-useable Pastry Bags

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Nylon Pastry Bags

  • Made of polyamid fabric coated with polyurethane—tough, impermeable nylon with fused seams
  • Washable in boiling water
  • Will withstand many uses
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Cotton Pastry Bag

  • With an extra-wide top for easy filling, a very durable pastry bag for heavy, continuous use.
  • Polyurethane-coated, heavy cotton pastry bag with vulcanized seam & reinforced bottom
  • Impervious, & will not stiffen
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Silicone Pastry Bags

  • Pliable, strong, stain and odor resistant, easy to grip and easy to clean.
  • Great for both hot and cold foods.
  • Microwave safe.
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Made of food grade TPM.
  • It’s flexible like silicone, but doesn’t stretch or balloon like silicone.
Take the mess out of baking with a supply of durable pastry bags for your favorite baking recipes. These handy frosting bags are perfect for whipping up meringues, cream puffs, or eclairs, or beautifully decorating your freshly baked cakes and cupcakes. Our selection of reusable and disposable pastry bags and icing bags includes a wide variety of materials such as plastic, vegetable-based, poly bags, cotton, and more to meet your needs. We also offer an extensive selection of colors, sizes, and brands to fully stock your supply cabinet and have you ready for any recipe that comes your way. Our cake decorating bags are tear-resistant and designed for precision, allowing you to shape, pipe, and decorate your desserts with ease.
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