Product Type: Squires Kitchen Art / Craft
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It's edible, but doesn't mean it's tasty!
Squires Kitchen QFC Edible Glue
Member Name: Holland1
Squires Kitchen QFC Edible Glue
Advantages: Useful for making sugar flowers, not too expensive, safe for consumption
Disadvantages: Doesn't stick heavy items, I would recommend royal icing for anything heavy
Another essential item in my cake decorating kit is edible glue. It's another one you'll need if you're constructing sugar flowers, or doing any kind of modelling for cake decorating. Edible glue means you can stabilise your designs without worrying about food safety, because obviously it's safe to be eaten.
The glue comes in a little pot, with a secure lid to prevent any leakages. I used to carry this back and forth to college for my evening class for two years, and it's never leaked in my case. It costs around £1.95 for 18g, but a little pot lasts a while so it's actually not bad value. Although it's predominantly used for cake decorating, it can also be used for pastry. It usually has a sell-by date on it which is worth keeping an eye on, although I find it still works after the sell by date, and as I never eat the sugar flowers I make, I have no problem with using it when it's past its best.
The glue is used in the same way you'd use any glue, by dipping a paintbrush in and painting the area or item you wish to stick something to. I find the glue becomes mirky after a while, as you're dipping your brush in after it's been in contact with coloured sugarpaste, so it tends to make the glue a bit manky looking which can't be avoided unless you decant a little into another container each time you use it. Like I said earlier, it tends to be used for things which aren't actually going to be eaten in reality, because however nice sugar flowers look they don't taste too nice when they're rock solid and they usually have wires inserted.
The glue is good for intricate creations such as assembling layers of petals on flowers, but I find for larger items it isn't quite strong enough to hold things together. For example, I did a wedding cake for a friend a couple of years ago, where I was trying to stick sugar roses onto the side of the cake so they were cascading down three tiers. I wasn't confident that this glue was going to hold them as they were quite heavy, and had visions of the roses falling off one by one during the wedding, so my college tutor suggested I used royal icing instead and this seemed far more secure and avoided any cake disasters on the day.
You can actually make your own edible glue, simply by mixing any leftover fondant with water until it resembles the consistency of glue. However, this is something I've never remembered to do with leftovers, and it doesn't have as long a shelf-life as the proper stuff so I tend to just keep a bottle of this in my stash.
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Summary: Useful to have in your collection
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