Reply to "Solved (and Unsolved) Royal Icing Issues?"

Katy Guidry posted:

I am currently experiencing a problem with my royal icing coming out with little tiny hard clumps in it. I did just recently buy a big 50lb bag of powdered sugar and it’ was not 100% completely sealed when I closed it up after the first time I used it so maybe that is the issue. I have my R.I. recipe down packed and I am trying to figure out why this is happening all of a sudden! Could that possibly be an issue that anyone has had? 

Or maybe my bowl was not completely dry before adding the dry ingredients?! 

I’m LOST 

Check your powdered sugar. Is it lumpy to start? Or if you use meringue powder, perhaps that's changed, and it's got a coarser feel to it. I'd just inspect my ingredients and do some controlled experiments (swapping in different powdered sugar, for instance) until you find the culprit. It's got to be either the sugar or the meringue powder, as they are the only two ingredients that might not fully dissolve - unless you've changed the quantity of liquid added or how long you're mixing.

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