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Do you sift all-purpose f lour every time before measuring and baking? Or does it depend on what you are making? Would love your comments and opinions.
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To sift or not to sift? That is my question.

posted at 12/2/2012 1:55 AM EST
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Do you sift all-purpose flour every time before measuring and baking? Or does it depend on what you are making? Would love your comments and opinions.

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posted at 12/2/2012 8:08 AM EST
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I am totally against sifting ....... well, not totally.  I will sift if a recipe demands.  
It's my opinion that today's flour is very smooth.   I trust it.

Verlee - do you sift?

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posted at 12/2/2012 9:02 AM EST
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I will sift if the recipe says to sift.
I will sift if the recipe is a delicate one but in that case the instructions are usually to sift.
When I measure I do not scoop the flour into the cup I will fill the cup by "fluffing" flour into the cup from above.  By that I mean that i will take a spoon or fork and get a bit of flour and let it lightly fall into the measuring cup.  When the cup is over flowing I level it off with a large knife. When you scoop flour into the measuring cup it packs the flour in and you get more flour than you need.

Some directions state.... 2 Cups flour sifted ---or--- 2 Cups sifted flour.   I always have to read that carefully to figure out if I measure then sift or sift then measure.

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posted at 12/2/2012 9:23 AM EST
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I generally do not sift before measuring the flour. But, I do sift to break up some of the other ingredients and mix them into the flour.

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posted at 12/2/2012 10:00 AM EST
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my sifter is probably rusting             i rarely sift anything         maybe i'm just lazy  ??

but i only sift when i actually use cake flour and the recipe is demanding
i have scoops in all my cannisters        i scoop and fill the cup w/ flour and level w/ knife

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posted at 12/2/2012 10:13 AM EST
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Laughing if it says sift i do it  ???????????????

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posted at 12/2/2012 10:21 AM EST
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In Response to Re: To sift or not to sift? That is my question.:
my sifter is probably rusting             i rarely sift anything         maybe i'm just lazy  ?? but i only sift when i actually use cake flour and the recipe is demanding i have scoops in all my cannisters        i scoop and fill the cup w/ flour and level w/ knife
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I have a scoop in each cannister too.   But for cookie recipes I don't level the measuring cup ......... I always use a bit too much flour.  I think that gives a chewier cookie.

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posted at 12/2/2012 11:10 AM EST
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I sift only when using spacial flour for a special cake

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posted at 12/2/2012 12:36 PM EST
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I never sift . I usually don't use a measuring cup. I learned from my
grandma and a handfill is a cup and a pinch is a teaspoon and ect.

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posted at 12/2/2012 1:37 PM EST
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I sift only when the recipe calls for the flour to be sifted.  I do, however, use a whisk to combine any spices or sugars with the flour.  That breaks up any packing and makes everything in that bowl fluffier.

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posted at 12/2/2012 4:08 PM EST
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Geez, I can't remember the last time I sifted flour lol.  Almost every recipe I have used over the last few years don't specify sifting so I just don't do it.

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posted at 12/2/2012 5:15 PM EST
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I think some of us ---- me, for example --- are old enough to remember when flour HAD to be sifted for every single recipe.  That was a bit of messy, time-consuming work .... I'm glad it's gone.

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posted at 12/2/2012 5:17 PM EST
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I rarely sift.  I can't remember the last time I did??

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posted at 12/2/2012 6:56 PM EST
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I only sift when the recipe tells you to.

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posted at 12/2/2012 9:28 PM EST
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I sift when the recipe calls for it.

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posted at 12/2/2012 10:21 PM EST
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It appears the concensus is not to sift, unless a recipe specifically says to sift or you're using cake flour. Good, because I haven't been sifting.Laughing But as I was baking Pumpkin Apple Bread yesterday, my thoughts wandered to thinking about my beloved Grandma and all that she taught me. She always sifted, but as Nancy said, we used to have to do that. I will try to remember to "fluff" the flour occasionally.

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posted at 12/3/2012 3:23 AM EST
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I put the cup sized measuring cup onto a sheet of waxed paper and sift. I do the same with the fourth or half cup. I return the excess to the flour container. Easy clean up no waste.

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posted at 12/3/2012 5:56 AM EST
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Never sift

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posted at 12/3/2012 6:45 AM EST
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Just thinking. Do you mean measure, then sift? Or, do you mean sift, then measure? That would make a difference in the amount of flour. Some recipes give 2 sets of measurements - cups and weight.

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posted at 12/3/2012 7:16 AM EST
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Hello Ruth E ---- welcome to VBB
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