Need a gun or press for bean paste and frosting.

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I need a tool that I can load up with thick bean paste (think Japanese red beans), frosting, smooshed up pinto beans, sour cream, etc.  I need to be able to quickly pull a trigger and shoot out an amount. An adjustable amount preferred.  I'd like to be able to inject bean paste into dough, shoot smashed pinto beans onto tacos, and be able to use for decorating cakes/cookies/etc.  

I'd also like it to last.  I remember my mother owning one that she received from her mother and it was great.  All metal.  Could make cookies, frosting decoration, could even load it up with sprinkles inside cookie dough and it wouldn't clog.  Had decorating accessories as well as cookie press cuts.  I'd like something like hers, but her brand logo has long since worn off and I don't know where to look for a good one.  Lots of choices, lots of people returning products.  

Recommendations?  
 
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I have a cookie press.

Used it once.

You can have it if you pay shipping...PM me if interested.

For decorating purposes I would suggest "professional" equipment.

Not at all expensive.

Have seen the trigger type on TV and IMO it will only give you a mediocre look as it will be cumbersome and heavy.

If you won't be using very much I recommend the disposable bags (come in a few different sizes) and a handful of piping tips.

Look on youtube for the decorating shapes you are most likely to use and buy those....

Note there are some that are perfect for filling stuff.

When you have mastered the different shapes then add to your collection.

Don't be tempted to invest in the "kits" /img/vbsmilies/smilies/laser.gif(lookin' at you Wilton) as it is doubtful that even half will ever see action.

There are even a few large bore tips you can use for filling stuff like cuppies and other things.

mimi
 
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I'll check out some pastry bags, but I was really hoping for something with a trigger, cookie press attachments, and decorating heads, too.  Son and I do a lot of cooking from deserts to meals and was hoping to buy one tool that does it all.  
 
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"One tool that does it all". That would be the pastry bag. Couplers and tips are completely optional for squirting beans and sour cream on taco shells, and the like. Besides... you need tips and dies for the cookie press so there's a lot of parts with that solution too.
 
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I have seen a tubular shaped pink silicone tool at Michaels on the "cake decorating" aisle.

Didn't look at closely and have no idea if it has the dies for pressed cookies....but it had an assortment of simple tips.

Maybe?

mimi

Search the Wilton site....I think it is made by them.

m.
 
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I had this same problem when I began making jerky. I'm not sure if it was Amazon, but I tracked sanitized caulking tubes used in a regular old caulking gun.
I can't tell you how many other things I've used them for.
In fact today, I had to replace some small porcelain tiles in our pool. I grabbed one and filled it with mud and voila! No mud coming up through the cracks, etc.
here's a link, but read about the ones available. Mine actually stated food safe.

hth's
 

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