Sifting seriously sucks

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awatterson Posted 22 Jul 2010 , 12:43am
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It is humid right now, but I always seem to have a problem sifting PS.

Melvira Posted 22 Jul 2010 , 12:54am
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Well, this is probably not based on any real fact, but I find that PS is harder to sift than flour type ingredients because it's 'stickier'. It tends to sort of 'cake' onto the mesh. You have to shake it a little harder to get it to go through in my opinion. But ESPECIALLY so when it's very humid.

bubblywhitewine Posted 22 Jul 2010 , 1:15am
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I half way sift. I put my dry ingredients into the KA bowl and let the wire whisk break up the clumps before I add liquids.

sandeeb Posted 22 Jul 2010 , 4:31am
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I do also use a large,long-handled, mesh strainer and I use a whisk to sift my cake mix and or flour and other dry ingriedients; but to sift my powdered sugar we use an 8 cup stainless steel sifter. The lid from a large Crisco can practically snaps on this sifter; then I put a small wire rack(Wilton has one about 11X15) over a rubbermaid,rectangle container and then sit the sifter on the rack, hold the cover on and sift away. This is a very good way for us to sift sugar. It's pretty fast too. Then the sifted sugar can be stored in this container until ready to use. We have 4, so when we need a lot of sugar we sift most or all of them full at one time.

Sandeeb

tonedna Posted 22 Jul 2010 , 4:40am
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I do agree, it sucks, but then I think....It's even worst when I am piping and my tip get clogged with clumps of sugar. Or when I add color to my icing and then you will see all the little white clumps of sugar that never dissolved..Then I start feelin ok about it.. icon_lol.gifEdna icon_biggrin.gif

Melvira Posted 22 Jul 2010 , 4:27pm
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True that, Edna!!

mullett Posted 22 Jul 2010 , 4:41pm
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Try going to Lee Valley Tools Garden section item # PT305 it's a Rotary Sieve. Cost more....But it is GREAT!!!!!! Holds 3 gallons. I put in 2 7 lbs bags of 10x sugar at a time. I made another screen to go on top of the one afixed in it out of a stainless steel screen that I had. I love it!!!

mamawrobin Posted 22 Jul 2010 , 6:38pm
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Originally Posted by tonedna

I do agree, it sucks, but then I think....It's even worst when I am piping and my tip get clogged with clumps of sugar. Or when I add color to my icing and then you will see all the little white clumps of sugar that never dissolved..Then I start feelin ok about it.. icon_lol.gifEdna icon_biggrin.gif




I agree. NOT sifting sucks worse. icon_lol.gif

debbief Posted 22 Jul 2010 , 7:30pm
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I dont mind sifting either and its pretty quick with a mesh strainer. I used to hate it when I used that stupid trigger type sifter. Took me a long time to switch over to the mesh strainer because for some reason I thought it wouldnt sift as well. But I havent noticed any difference since I switched. I also sift ALL of my dry ingredients. Every dry ingredient called for in the recipe, gets put in the sifter together. I also set my kitchen aide to stir the dry ingredients while Im measuring my wet.

I decided one time to skip the sifting step when making mmf. Boy did I regret it icon_cry.gif

mamawrobin Posted 22 Jul 2010 , 8:34pm
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Originally Posted by debbief

I dont mind sifting either and its pretty quick with a mesh strainer. I used to hate it when I used that stupid trigger type sifter. Took me a long time to switch over to the mesh strainer because for some reason I thought it wouldnt sift as well. But I havent noticed any difference since I switched. I also sift ALL of my dry ingredients. Every dry ingredient called for in the recipe, gets put in the sifter together. I also set my kitchen aide to stir the dry ingredients while Im measuring my wet.

I also sift ALL of my dry ingredients.

I decided one time to skip the sifting step when making mmf. Boy did I regret it icon_cry.gif




Yep icon_lol.gif

tonedna Posted 23 Jul 2010 , 5:36pm
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Originally Posted by mamawrobin

Quote:
Originally Posted by debbief

I dont mind sifting either and its pretty quick with a mesh strainer. I used to hate it when I used that stupid trigger type sifter. Took me a long time to switch over to the mesh strainer because for some reason I thought it wouldnt sift as well. But I havent noticed any difference since I switched. I also sift ALL of my dry ingredients. Every dry ingredient called for in the recipe, gets put in the sifter together. I also set my kitchen aide to stir the dry ingredients while Im measuring my wet.

I also sift ALL of my dry ingredients.

I decided one time to skip the sifting step when making mmf. Boy did I regret it icon_cry.gif



Yep icon_lol.gif





Me too...it only takes once to know is best to sift...lol
Edna icon_biggrin.gif

Melvira Posted 23 Jul 2010 , 6:56pm
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EDNA!!! I just had a fantastic idea!! You teach me to Salsa dance, and we'll get special belts made that have sifters on each hip and a bowl under it... then, as we dance, all the icing sugar gets sifted! I'll be skinny, sexy, and the sifting won't be so tedious!! party.gif

mamawrobin Posted 23 Jul 2010 , 7:01pm
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Originally Posted by Melvira

EDNA!!! I just had a fantastic idea!! You teach me to Salsa dance, and we'll get special belts made that have sifters on each hip and a bowl under it... then, as we dance, all the icing sugar gets sifted! I'll be skinny, sexy, and the sifting won't be so tedious!! party.gif




I'm game. I'd love to be sexy and skinny icon_wink.gif

MartiW Posted 23 Jul 2010 , 7:02pm
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I would pay to watch this

tonedna Posted 23 Jul 2010 , 7:56pm
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I would pay to watch this





icon_lol.gifEdna icon_biggrin.gif

tonedna Posted 23 Jul 2010 , 7:57pm
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Originally Posted by Melvira

EDNA!!! I just had a fantastic idea!! You teach me to Salsa dance, and we'll get special belts made that have sifters on each hip and a bowl under it... then, as we dance, all the icing sugar gets sifted! I'll be skinny, sexy, and the sifting won't be so tedious!! party.gif




Ill teach you but you do the sifting!! icon_lol.gif
Edna icon_biggrin.gif

jqorso Posted 23 Jul 2010 , 8:13pm
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Originally Posted by tonedna

Quote:
Originally Posted by Melvira

EDNA!!! I just had a fantastic idea!! You teach me to Salsa dance, and we'll get special belts made that have sifters on each hip and a bowl under it... then, as we dance, all the icing sugar gets sifted! I'll be skinny, sexy, and the sifting won't be so tedious!! party.gif



Ill teach you but you do the sifting!! icon_lol.gif
Edna icon_biggrin.gif




Well, I thought I'd help, here are some sifters you could use:

http://www.mcmaster.com/#sieves/=838d6z

Comes with a lid and a bowl! You are on your own for figuring out how to strap them to your hips, though! thumbs_up.gif

samarinbooboo Posted 23 Jul 2010 , 9:31pm
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Anyone use a crank 8 cup sifter? Just curious!

tonedna Posted 23 Jul 2010 , 9:35pm
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Originally Posted by samarinbooboo

Anyone use a crank 8 cup sifter? Just curious!




I think the crank ones are a real pain in the BLEEP!...lol

Edna icon_biggrin.gif

Melvira Posted 23 Jul 2010 , 9:43pm
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Ok, Edna, I'll do the sifting, but you have to teach me to move like that! icon_lol.gif
I agree that the crank sifters are a serious pain. But the squeeze trigger ones aren't any better in my opinion. Either way, your arm hurts after a while. Definitely mesh strainer. Best option at this point. Until I find a big powered one.

au_decorator_76 Posted 23 Jul 2010 , 9:52pm
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Actually my perfect ides is a cupboard mounted one that holds like a 30-50 pound bag and then dispenses it. They have them, but so far the only ones I can find are antique replicas (not old, just made to LOOK like the old ones) for restoring old farmhouses and baker's tables and they say they are not approved for actual food use. WTH?? Then why make them? Can't they MAKE them food safe? Ya know, so they can be used for the purpose they were intended??




Called a Hoosier. We have one (an actual antique one) in the barn. We haven't refurbished it yet but I'm dying to!

tonedna Posted 23 Jul 2010 , 10:11pm
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Originally Posted by Melvira

Ok, Edna, I'll do the sifting, but you have to teach me to move like that! icon_lol.gif
I agree that the crank sifters are a serious pain. But the squeeze trigger ones aren't any better in my opinion. Either way, your arm hurts after a while. Definitely mesh strainer. Best option at this point. Until I find a big powered one.




I agree both of them are a pain..There is one industrial one that cost like
$3,000...sift in a matter of seconds a huge bag of sugar
Edna icon_biggrin.gif

Melvira Posted 23 Jul 2010 , 10:58pm
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Yah, I love those Hoosier cabinets, but wasn't sure if many people would know what I was talking about! icon_lol.gif

au_decorator_76 Posted 23 Jul 2010 , 11:03pm
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Melvira Your mom sounds awesome! I'm an antique lover/collector as well. I don't get the not suitable for food either...I mean I know standards have changed but they did just fine so kinda silly. icon_rolleyes.gif

scp1127 Posted 24 Jul 2010 , 12:40am
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Thanks to everyone who suggested the collander method!

Melvira Posted 24 Jul 2010 , 2:33am
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Originally Posted by au_decorator_76

Melvira Your mom sounds awesome! I'm an antique lover/collector as well. I don't get the not suitable for food either...I mean I know standards have changed but they did just fine so kinda silly. icon_rolleyes.gif




If you like antiques you'd LOVE her house! Wowza! icon_eek.gif

angelicstyle Posted 24 Jul 2010 , 3:04am
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"Hahaha I make a huge mess when sifting, my problem is I get impatient & just want to get it over that I rush & make it worse for me 'cause now I gotta clean up!!..."

mamawrobin Posted 24 Jul 2010 , 5:11am
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Originally Posted by scp1127

Thanks to everyone who suggested the collander method!




It's great hu? I have a large bowl that's just wide enough for the strainer to rest on...I pour the entire 2 pound bag of sugar in my strainer and give it a few shakes and I'm done. I use my sifter with the crank handle to store my spatula's in. thumbs_up.gif

chanielisalevy Posted 6 Feb 2011 , 10:41am
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Just wanted to let the world know....I have a Bosch mixer (has a cover, I LOVE it) they now sell a sifter attachment that sits atop the workbowl. Add up to 5 lbs of flour, turn on muxer, and becomes an electric sifter that does 5 lb of flour in 60 seconds....I'm in heaven!

Melvira Posted 7 Feb 2011 , 1:46am
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Originally Posted by chanielisalevy

Just wanted to let the world know....I have a Bosch mixer (has a cover, I LOVE it) they now sell a sifter attachment that sits atop the workbowl. Add up to 5 lbs of flour, turn on muxer, and becomes an electric sifter that does 5 lb of flour in 60 seconds....I'm in heaven!




Ok, is it sad that this description gave me... um... happy feelings? I am so jealous... I want that SO badly.

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