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Old 08-21-2007, 12:08 AM   #11
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I read an article about a baker in Texas who makes very appealing cakes, muffins, etc. She said that she never sifts, even when the recipe calls for it.
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Old 08-21-2007, 01:21 AM   #12
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How can just whisking add air? Sounds easy though, but even for a cake?
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Old 08-21-2007, 03:42 PM   #13
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I just throw the dry ingredients into a strainer and bang it with my hand until everything is either in the bowl or bouncing around in the bottom of the strainer.
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Old 08-22-2007, 05:58 AM   #14
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Kelly, ya, the article I read (and it had pictures of huge muffins, cookies, wonderful-looking cakes) quoted the baker as saying she never sifts. I don't think it's the sifting that adds air, but the mixing.
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Old 08-22-2007, 07:36 AM   #15
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I only sift baking cocoa and icing sugar, both of which can have very persistent clumps that whisking would not remove, and potato starch and cornstarch when adding straight to hot liquids, as they tend to clump otherwise. I only ever sift flour to search for bugs. I have never found flour lumps in any of my cakes or bread and I never have trouble getting them to rise.
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Old 08-22-2007, 07:53 AM   #16
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I always, always sift, sometimes even if the recipe does not call for it.........maybe a hold over from baking when I was a very young and persistent assistant, to my Mother. I was following her around the kitchen with a very strong desire to help in the kitchen from a very young age.

I would wake up every Saturday morning and bake for the whole day, probably to get out of the chores that I did not like to do. we lived on a farm, so there were lots to do...think barn, horses, cows and pigs!!!!

I have NEVER found any weevils in my flour....ever!!!! I sift to add air, but then again maybe it is just air between my ears.
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Old 08-22-2007, 10:15 AM   #17
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I defintely do NOT use the whisk. You'll probably get most of the lumps out that way, but I feel like recipes that call for sifted dry ingredients do so in order to achieve a certain texture and refinement, and I'd rather do it the right way and experience the dish as it is meant to be.

For recipes that call for sifting that probably don't need to be sifted, then I use the whisk. Particularly stuff that uses the muffin method.
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Old 02-04-2008, 05:37 PM   #18
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I cheat. I just whisk the flour, salt, leavenings, and other dry ingredients a few times.

Sifting serves two different purposes:
1) To add air to the mix to aid in baking.
2) To remove small foreign particles from the flour.

Unless I'm trying to remove weavils from some flour, I see no real reason to run flour through a sifter when I can accomplish the same thing with a whisk.
try bay leaves in the flour... it keeps those weevils out. It works for me.
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Old 02-04-2008, 08:15 PM   #19
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I remember weevils in the pancake batter in Boyscouts many years ago.
We didn't notice until the batter was ready to cook.
Fried them extra dark and didn't tell anyone about the extra free meat until breakfast was over!
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Old 02-04-2008, 09:11 PM   #20
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If a recipe calls for it, I always sift. I just use a fine-mesh kitchen strainer. No big deal.
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