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Readers Respond: To Sift or Not to Sift, That is the Question

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From the article: Why Sift?
These days with already sifted flour and powdered sugar, is it still necessary to sift ingredients? What do you do? What Do You Do?

Lump Finder Game

I never sift (because I don't own a seave), this is an advantage to the kids because they get to play the #LumpFindingGame
—Guest Africana

Both

I sift for cakes that I bake from scratch but I whisk for everything else.
—Guest comix

About sifting

I whisk before I measure, then gently tap the contents down in the measuring cup (not hard) into the cup - but if I am adding things like salt or baking powder, etc, then I will sift/strain through a wire strainer with a whisk just to be sure they are well mixed. :-)
—Marysewfun

Whisk-not sift

I also used to sift all my flour, powdered sugar,etc. but I had read somewhere that you could use a whisk and I LOVE IT!!!
—Guest Queend

To Sift or Not to Sift?

I don't sift anymore--I whisk! I store my flour in a large plastic bin and when a recipe calls for sifting, I whisk the flour in the bin prior to measuring. The whisking "fluffs" the flour by adding air and removes any clumps that may have formed when the flour settled. Works perfectly every time! No mess, less time consuming.
—Guest ictaylor

a difference?

isn't there a difference between sifting and not? sifting, i thought, adds some oxygen to the mixture. that's why i thought it was big deal to overlook sifting.
—Guest erika

learned something new

i learned something new and i took my time and it came out great thank yall for your support!!!!!!
—Guest ceecee

Sifting=Quality

Sifting can be a pain but is necessary for a great product. I admit though that I only do this when I am preparing food for someone other then myself.
—Guest hospitalitystud

To Sift or Not to Sift

WHEN BAKING, MANY RECIPES JUST CALL FOR FLOUR PERIOD AND NEVER MENTIONS SIFTED OR UNSIFTED. IN THAT CASE, WHAT DO YOU DO???? I WOULD IMAGINE TOO MUCH FLOUR WOULD MAKE THE ITEM HEAVY.
—Guest Marie

Sift or Not

No i do not sift..I really don't see the need to if i see a lump or hard peice i just remove it..
—Guest Cindy Beck

Times change

Back in the old days, sifting was done to remove larger pieces of grain that did not get completely ground as well as critters (like weevils). In most cases, it's not necessary these days. I do not even own a sifter anymore.
—collectiblegal

I sift

I always sift my whole new bag of flour into my canister. This gets rid of the lumps and I only need to do this usually once, depending on the recipe instructions. I also do this with powdered sugar, sifting it into an old/recycled 1 gal. ice cream tub.
—SpinningJenny

Too Much Trouble

If I'm not in a hurry, I might sift, but I usually don't. I never thought about the amounts not being ok.
—Mandy216

What Do You Do?

To Sift or Not to Sift, That is the Question

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