Though I haven’t been posting much lately I am still baking. The trouble is that I’m having trouble finding time to sit down long enough to put a few paragraphs and pictures together that could pass for a blog post. Life around here the past several weeks seems to have engulfed me. We have had a miserable, wet and cold Spring (great days to bake though aren’t they?) All the rain meant the gardens and weeds therein needed to be tended and company for three successive weekends saw that my vacuum was humming, my floor mops and dust rags swishing and my laundry room buzzing. On the occasions when we did have some nice sunny and reasonably warm days, I spent them outside, on the golf course at least once a week and one time, even twice in one week. Last night I posted an Instagram note that I really needed to make some time today to publish a post. Well, the day almost got away from me yet again, but I am sitting now, typing and have every intention to get this published before I hit the pillows on my cozy bed.
Weeks earlier I shared with you my thoughts and experiences about my new edible printer. Since then my printer and I continued the dance of the defective cartridge. You remember…I hit *print*, the printer would start and then I’d get the message that it couldn’t recognize the large black cartridge. I’d shut down the printer, unplug it, restart it, hit print and sometimes on the second attempt, more often than not on the third or fourth time around the printer would finally recognize the cartridge and I’d have a printed edible icing image. I could not wait to use up the defective black cartridge and finally had the occasion to. I made these cookies (somewhat different logo this time) for Jackie Seaton and his Empty Bowls Perth Fundraiser at our annual Festival of the Maples.
This year the Empty Bowls campaign raised almost $15,000 and I emptied my large black cartridge! A complete set of new cartridges had arrived along with a new box of edible icing sheets from a new supplier, Icing Images. My first paid order for cookies using edible images was waiting to be filled and I was anxious to try both the new cartridges and the new icing sheets.
I tossed the defective cartridge but stored the remainder of them as they still had edible ink in them. Icing Images recommended replacing all the cartridges at the same time rather than have different cartridges from different suppliers in the printer. So, I did and every one of them lit up and stayed lit. I loaded their edible icing sheets time after time printing off 52 logos and not once did I get that annoying message *printer cannot recognize cartridge*. JOY!!Custom Edible Image Cookie Order
I have to tell you that since using the new cartridges from Icing Images, I have had no problems with my icing printer and although we may have had a bit of a frustrating start to this new relationship, I am really enjoying having an edible printer. Another thing I’m enjoying with this decorating technique is the edible images from Icing Images. They arrived in a cardboard box just as the ones from the other supplier did but what’s nice is that inside the cardboard is a nice zip-lock foil envelope (the other supplier uses a plastic envelope). When I unzipped the foil and pulled out the first icing sheet I was delighted to see that the backing is clear plastic (a little longer than the icing sheet itself) and the edging of the icing sheets is squared off, just like a sheet of blank paper. Additionally, you can smell the freshness of the icing sheets! I don’t know if the foil envelope makes a difference but the icing sheets from Icing Images is, in my opinion far superior to the ones I received from the other supplier. Their customer service is excellent and very quick response time to any email queries I’ve sent.Icing Images Edible Printing Sheets are Kosher and Soy, Nut and Gluten Free. Icing Images Icing Sheets Peel Away Easily from the Plastic Backing I store my icing sheets in the foil envelope inside the cardboard box. I keep them in a drawer in the basement which is always between 60-68 degrees.
One of my favourite things about the icing sheets from Icing Images is that you have plenty of time after you print your images to cut them out without worrying about the edging and the images becoming dry and cracked. These freeze exceptionally well and the print quality is very good.
I think from the comments in my earlier post regarding edible printers, many of you were considering waiting until the technology improved before buying an edible printer. Now that I have good cartridges, I can tell you that working with my icing printer is actually a pleasure. Quality cartridges, quality paper and a good printer make for a nice decorating option to offer your customers. Though I did buy my printer for my own personal use, since people now know that I have one, I am getting requests for orders for cookies with edible images. When all is working well as it has been thanks to the products from Icing Images, it is fun. Just be sure to do regular maintenance on your printer, clean the print-head regularly, print a page using regular paper at least once a week if not decorating cookies and store your icing images as directed by the manufacturer.
So, that’s all I have for this post. A couple of cookies I’ve done and an update on my icing printer. Next post I’ll be sharing something else I’ve baked this month and offering a little surprise for a lucky reader.
By the way, I’m not being compensated by Icing Images for any part of this post. I highly recommend them simply because I do love their products and appreciate their excellent customer service.