Questions tagged [sifting]

Questions about the process of sifting, where a dry ingredient (e.g. flour) is run through a mesh to remove clumps or foreign materials.

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What is the physical effect of sifting dry ingredients for a cake?

I notice that for recipes that call to sift the dry ingredients, most usually cakes or cupcakes, there is a noticeable difference in the batter after the wets have been incorporated. What are the ...
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Meaning of 'sift together'

What is the exact meaning of the phrase 'sift together'? If I need to 'sift together' flour, baking power, baking soda, and salt, does that mean put each one into the sifter sequentially, operating ...
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Do sifting and whisking do the exact same thing?

Some recipes suggest to sift the dry ingredients while some others say whisk the dry ingredients. Do they have the same effect?
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separating almond flour from almond meal

I've been experimenting with almond flour for baking bread because I have a hard time digesting starches. I've progressed to the point where my bread made from 50:50 (almond:wheat flours) is almost ...
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Why does my flour sifter have cup markings

I have an inexpensive flour sifter that just has wire mesh and a little hand-crank (like one of these 1, 2.) It has cup markings on the side ("one cup," "two cups"). This is probably a silly ...
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Do I need to sift flour for quick breads?

I am making mini quick breads for Christmas. The recipe calls for 3 cups of flour. Do I need to sift the flour? If so, should I sift it before or after measuring?
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What Kinds of Recipes Should I Sift/Aerate The Flour?

We've talked about methods for sifting flour (How can I make sifting easier?), and the purposes of sifting (What is the purpose of sifting dry ingredients?). How can I tell whether a recipe specifies ...
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How can I make sifting easier?

I'm at the point where I will completely avoid certain recipes simply because they require sifting and I find it incredibly tedious. Is there a better method? A better tool? A magic sifter?
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What is the purpose of sifting dry ingredients?

What is the purpose of sifting dry ingredients (esp. with flour)? I heard in one place that it was because this is the best way to mix them well. I heard somewhere else that this is a carry-over from ...
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Do I need to sift flour that is labeled sifted?

Is there really an advantage to sifting flour that I bought that was labeled 'sifted'?
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