Is There A Quicker Way To Sift Powdered Sugar!!!

Decorating By Ruth0304 Updated 11 Aug 2009 , 9:33pm by cylstrial

Ruth0304 Posted 10 Aug 2009 , 11:53pm
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Other than the crappy hand held sifter that takes for ever that I own is there a secret way to sift sugar other than this way?

I hope there is.... icon_rolleyes.gif

16 replies
NatalieMarie Posted 11 Aug 2009 , 12:01am
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I haven't found one yet! However, when I bought a decent sieve from a catering supplier it worked alot better and the icing went through alot faster. so my recommendation is buy a professional sieve.

indydebi Posted 11 Aug 2009 , 12:02am
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If you're using a shifter with a hand crank of any kind on it, throw it away.

Get a wire mesh strainer (with a handle), similar to this one: http://www.chenbin.diytrade.com/sdp/177090/4/pd-1010624/1745185-506611.html

Or these are great, too: http://www.jiulong-wiremesh.com/wire-mesh-test-sieves/wire-mesh-test-sieves.htm

Just "shake and bake"! thumbs_up.gif

ninatat Posted 11 Aug 2009 , 12:33am
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i have a hand crank that was my mothers but i just use a spoon or my small rolling pin and mix it around lift it up and do it more, or buy one of the hand help strainer and do the same thing

JenniferMI Posted 11 Aug 2009 , 1:25am
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I "reverse" sift. I store my sugar (50# at a time) in a large plastic bin. I use a metal strainer type to sift. I rub the BOTTOM of the strainer back and forth ON the surface of the sugar, thus filling up the strainer. It's quick and oh so easy. I never sift the regular way now. icon_smile.gif

Jen icon_smile.gif

Ruth0304 Posted 11 Aug 2009 , 1:38am
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Quote:
Originally Posted by indydebi

If you're using a shifter with a hand crank of any kind on it, throw it away.

Get a wire mesh strainer (with a handle), similar to this one: http://www.chenbin.diytrade.com/sdp/177090/4/pd-1010624/1745185-506611.html

Or these are great, too: http://www.jiulong-wiremesh.com/wire-mesh-test-sieves/wire-mesh-test-sieves.htm

Just "shake and bake"! thumbs_up.gif




Yes!! it is the hand crank kind, it is awful. I will definetly try one of the wire mesh type. Thanks for the visual icon_biggrin.gif It is always so helpful.

MrsNancyB1 Posted 11 Aug 2009 , 1:38am
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Quote:
Originally Posted by indydebi

If you're using a shifter with a hand crank of any kind on it, throw it away.

Get a wire mesh strainer (with a handle), similar to this one: http://www.chenbin.diytrade.com/sdp/177090/4/pd-1010624/1745185-506611.html

Or these are great, too: http://www.jiulong-wiremesh.com/wire-mesh-test-sieves/wire-mesh-test-sieves.htm

Just "shake and bake"! thumbs_up.gif




I use the wire mesh strainer too, and it does the job well. thumbs_up.gif

CakeJediChic Posted 11 Aug 2009 , 1:52am
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I can also vouch for the mesh sifter. love it!

Doug Posted 11 Aug 2009 , 1:57am
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in the I wonder????? department

and what if you took one of these:
http://www.goodmans.net/get_item_os-76103_oster-stim-u-lax-massager-vibrator.htm

and put it on your hand? would you sift faster?

or could you rig up something with that on it that would also hold the sifter and then it would sift it for you?

(ok, who's got a backyard genius inventor spouse to rig one up for us!?)

Doug Posted 11 Aug 2009 , 2:09am
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ooohh..

dating myself so big time

remember these?
http://www.antiquecountryfurniturestore.com/Hoosier_Cabinet_White_Beauty_cropped.jpg

well, looky looky!
http://www.kennedyhardware.com/1921-hoosier-cabinet-add-on-kit.html -- complete with the flour bin that sifts!

of course a real antique one would just be so nice to have!

-K8memphis Posted 11 Aug 2009 , 2:18am
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Yes!! I LOVE Hoosier cabinets.

I'm gonna find a rickety one for the bookstore to display stuff on!!!
I was just talking about it this weekend too.

CookiezNCupcakez Posted 11 Aug 2009 , 2:45am
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I have the sifter that requires you to squeeze the handle..what a pain! Then I saw an eppy of Martha S and she suggest just to whisk...which I now do, and it seems to be working just fine considering I'm whisking tons of PS for my MMF. I save the squeeze method for small quanity ie cake mix etc...

grandmom Posted 11 Aug 2009 , 3:46pm
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Doug, in the last few years two elderly neighbor ladies, both very dear friends, passed away. Each had that type of cabinet in their kitchens, and in spite of my shameless hints, they were willed to family members. I would have torn out a wall of cabinets to have one of those things!!

yummymummycakes Posted 11 Aug 2009 , 4:47pm
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Would this do the job for you?

http://www.hoffmanmfg.com/entry.php?id=614

of course you would be sieving a lot of sugar.......

flourpowerMN Posted 11 Aug 2009 , 9:14pm
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I do the whisking thing too...just have to be careful not to get over zealous with my whisking or I have a big mess on my hands. icon_wink.gif

Doug Posted 11 Aug 2009 , 9:20pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by grandmom

Doug, in the last few years two elderly neighbor ladies, both very dear friends, passed away. Each had that type of cabinet in their kitchens, and in spite of my shameless hints, they were willed to family members. I would have torn out a wall of cabinets to have one of those things!!




would it have been tacky to stand there and offer to buy it from them on the spot as they came to clear the house?

----

sad to say, those cabinets probably were sold off or even junked in short order. People just don't realize how practical and valuable some of the "old time" stuff actually is. Too enamored of modern whiz-bang technology.

cylstrial Posted 11 Aug 2009 , 9:33pm
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OP: Is there a quicker way to sift powdered sugar?

Yep! Don't sift it! (Hehe). I'm joking with my method of telling you - but seriously, I don't sift my powdered sugar if it's 10x.

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