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Old 06-07-2013, 08:57 AM   #1
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Sifting vs whisking

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Do you sift your dry ingredients or do you go the new way of just whisking your dry ingredients together.

I still sift. I have a very old sifter that you crank the handle. It was given to me more than 50 years ago by a friend. She had two and gave one to me. Every time I use it I think of her.
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Old 06-07-2013, 09:01 AM   #2
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I basically only sift if the recipe specifies it. Most of the time I don't whisk either - I just loosen up the flour with a fork or spoon. The only ingredient I sift or whisk often even if it's not specified, is cocoa powder, since it's loaded with lumps.
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Old 06-07-2013, 09:07 AM   #3
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I usually whisk.
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Old 06-07-2013, 09:26 AM   #4
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I rarely sift. Mostly to break up lumps.
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Old 06-07-2013, 11:32 AM   #5
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I fluff with a fork, then measure.
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Old 06-07-2013, 11:46 AM   #6
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The only thing I sift is powdered sugar. I have one of those Tupperware sifters and I store some powdered sugar in it for those times when a sprinkle of the stuff is all you want. Everything else just gets whisked together either with a hand whisk or the beaters on low.
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Old 06-07-2013, 11:50 AM   #7
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What you do really should depend on what the recipe says.

If a recipe calls for a cup of sifted flour, you really should sift then measure to get the right amount. If the recipe directs you to sift a cup of flour, you can probably get away with whisking.
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Old 06-07-2013, 01:08 PM   #8
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I think the reason I still sift if due to the sifter itself.As I said it was given to me by an old friend. She was killed by a drunk driver. We had a lot of laughs together. I know she was using her grandmother's and I didn't have one. She had already owned the one she gave me for eons. I was using a hand held strainer. At that time sifting was part of every baking recipe that had flour. I feel that if I stop using the sifter, I am betraying her and trying to forget her. And besides, I find the cakes do come out lighter if I use the sifter. It has a double screen. It only takes seconds, and it brings back happy memories. So I will continue to use it and sift away.
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Old 06-07-2013, 02:42 PM   #9
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I usually do as I am told - if it says sift (especially flour/icing sugar) I do it. I am am being very lazy I whisk...or even more lazy and using the food processor I just let it do the work!
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Old 06-07-2013, 02:45 PM   #10
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I rarely touch the sifter... I do whisk dry ingredients depending on what I am making.
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