Food Gel Paste-New Bottle or Open Bottle

I know this post may not be very exciting but, it is something that has helped save me a little time because I have a problem when it comes to purchasing supplies. I don’t live close to a bakery supply store or even a store that sells food gel paste so I when I need them, I end up taking an entire day go shopping.

Well, needless to say when I do make the trip, I stock up. I buy 2 or 3 bottles of each color so I don’t run out in the middle of a project. The only problem with that is, when I am mixing icing and need a color, I pick up several bottles that have not been opened. Maybe on the 3rd try, I will get the open one. By then, I have royal icing on my hands and get it all over the lids of the bottles and it is a real mess. I have some good news! I found an easy way to tell which bottle has been opened and which is new.

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It is very simple and I wonder why I didn’t think of it before now.

Food Gel Paste-New Bottle or Open Bottle


Well, there it is, my big box of food gel paste. I have CK, AmeriColor, and Wilton and I keep them all in one box. I like the AmeriColor simply because you can squeeze out one drop at a time. You don’t have to use a toothpick like you do when you use Wilton. I like Wilton colors and use them all the time but, I think AmeriColor is brilliant for the one drop at a time way of doing things. I wish Wilton would do the same for us. Fingers crossed. 


Aren’t they beautiful? Just imagine all the things you can make with them.


Anyway, do you see anything odd about them other than all the smudges and smears on the lids?


See the black dots and the black lines on the lids? Those are the bottles that have been opened. Yep! It is that simple. Just take a Sharpie and make a mark on the lid when you open the bottle. Now when I need a color, I look for the Sharpie mark. I know what you are thinking. You are wondering why there are so many of the same colors with the Sharpie Mark. Well, I will tell ya. Like I said before, I just started doing this recently so I opened several before I realized I already had one open. Once these are used up I won’t have that problem anymore. I will be able to see which one I need by the mark on the lid.

Hope this little tip helps you save a little time and frustration when you are mixing your icing colors. If you are looking for more helpful tips, you may want to check out the links below.

Food Gel Paste:

How to Hand Cut Cookie Dough
Free Printable Cookie Supply Shopping List
How to Fix a Mistake on a Cookie
Tips on Taking Orders
Beginners Guide to Cookie Decorating
One Tough Cookie Give it a Shpritz

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