kger Posted 28 Jun 2010 , 12:20am
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I had previously been sifting through a metal colander and pushing through with a spoon. So when I was at Ikea, I found a little sifter for $5 and decided that would make my life easier.

Got it home, and it sucked. So I decided it was a cheapo, tossed it aside and went to BBB today and got a $10 5 cup sifter thinking all would be well in the world.

Nope.

It SUCKS!

I have trigger fingers, and have only done half the bag! I'm taking a break for now. But man, I can't take this. The WORST part about caking is SIFTING!

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BakingGirl Posted 28 Jun 2010 , 12:26am
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Haha, I know what you mean so I just don't bother anymore. I use a whisk and stir the flour instead to aerate it and break up clumps. The only thing I sift is cocoa because the clumps are too solid.

minicuppie Posted 28 Jun 2010 , 12:26am
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SPOON? Go back to the metal colander. Hold the colander handle in one hand and tap firmly against the other hand. Be sure you have a bowl with a wide opening to catch the flour or whatever.

tootie0809 Posted 28 Jun 2010 , 12:30am
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Yeah, sifting DOES suck, but it sure makes a difference if you make your own fondant. I agree with the tapping method, it works better.....but still sucks! LOL!

Jeep_girl816 Posted 28 Jun 2010 , 12:30am
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I use a big mesh metal strainer and a heavy duty whisk to push it through, works waaay better than the fancy-schmancy sifter my Huband bought me

Melvira Posted 28 Jun 2010 , 12:42am
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Sifting is our punishment for being good at cakes! hahahaha. I HATE IT TOO!!!

I have an idea floating in my head for the 'perfect' sifter (it's actually a Chippendale's dancer with a mesh strainer. Hehehe, kidding!) and I need to figure it out fast since it's obvious so many people hate it as much as I do! icon_lol.gif

indydebi Posted 28 Jun 2010 , 12:46am
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ditto on the big mesh strainer. Just "shake shake shake" and it goes thru. don't need a whisk, spoon or anything. At the very very end, my cake mixes have some lumps and I take a piece of wax paper (always have a box of the individual sheets sitting right there!) and use that to smoosh it thru.

Anything that has a hand crank handle or the squeeze-style handle to sift isn't worth being used as a doorstop. Run .... do not walk .... to the trash can with it.

Jeep_girl816 Posted 28 Jun 2010 , 12:47am
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Originally Posted by Melvira

Sifting is our punishment for being good at cakes! hahahaha. I HATE IT TOO!!!

I have an idea floating in my head for the 'perfect' sifter (it's actually a Chippendale's dancer with a mesh strainer. Hehehe, kidding!) and I need to figure it out fast since it's obvious so many people hate it as much as I do! icon_lol.gif



b icon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gif Thank you for that brief but pleasant mental image of a muscley, half naked guy dancing around my kitchen sifting my ingredients for me, lol icon_biggrin.gif

mamawrobin Posted 28 Jun 2010 , 1:08am
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Originally Posted by indydebi

ditto on the big mesh strainer. Just "shake shake shake" and it goes thru. don't need a whisk, spoon or anything. At the very very end, my cake mixes have some lumps and I take a piece of wax paper (always have a box of the individual sheets sitting right there!) and use that to smoosh it thru.

Anything that has a hand crank handle or the squeeze-style handle to sift isn't worth being used as a doorstop. Run .... do not walk .... to the trash can with it.




Yep...love my big mesh strainer...I can put a two pound bag of powdered sugar in at once and it takes about 15 SECONDS to sift the whole bag. Sifting doesn't bother me at all. I sift ALL dry ingredients that I use...cake mix, flour, sugar, powdered sugar..etc. if it's "dry" it gets sifted...LOL...

indydebi Posted 28 Jun 2010 , 1:09am

robin, I HOPE you meant 15 seconds!!! icon_lol.gif

kger Posted 28 Jun 2010 , 1:15am

Ok, I'm hitting Walmart for a bigger and better mesh strainer.

Melvira Posted 28 Jun 2010 , 1:32am
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Originally Posted by Jeep_girl816

icon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gif Thank you for that brief but pleasant mental image of a muscley, half naked guy dancing around my kitchen sifting my ingredients for me, lol icon_biggrin.gif




That's my little gift to you girlfriend! thumbs_up.gif *snork*

mamawrobin Posted 28 Jun 2010 , 1:41am
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robin, I HOPE you meant 15 seconds!!! icon_lol.gif




icon_lol.gificon_lol.gif I edited my post to say SECONDS icon_lol.gif I'm an idiot icon_lol.gif

Occther Posted 28 Jun 2010 , 1:47am

A number of years ago, I did some baking bread demo's for a little cook supply shop. She sold a wonderful battery operated sifter. Wonder if they still make them. My favorite sifter was my mom's. Old fashioned with hand crank on the side and 4 (instead of 2) bars inside. I often check out second hand stores for used kitchen items.

indydebi Posted 28 Jun 2010 , 1:53am
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icon_lol.gificon_lol.gif I edited my post to say SECONDS icon_lol.gif I'm an idiot icon_lol.gif



Well....... I didn't want to SAY ....... ! icon_rolleyes.gif

mamawrobin Posted 28 Jun 2010 , 2:21am
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Originally Posted by indydebi

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Originally Posted by mamawrobin

icon_lol.gificon_lol.gif I edited my post to say SECONDS icon_lol.gif I'm an idiot icon_lol.gif

Well....... I didn't want to SAY ....... ! icon_rolleyes.gif




No kidding...what dumba** takes 15 minutes to sift a two pound bag of powdered sugar. I really should read what I type BEFORE I hit that submit button. icon_lol.gif

Melvira Posted 28 Jun 2010 , 2:28am

Just MHO, battery powered sifter = complete and total crap! Epic. Fail. I spent a good $20 or something ignorant like that on one last summer and it was crap. If you were using it for something like a little sprinkle over the top of something, no prob. If you were actually trying to sift a pound of powdered sugar... well let's just say that 15 minutes is NOT a typo all of a sudden! Ugh. I got so ticked at it that I showed it the hard side of a cement sidewalk. icon_mad.gif

tastyart Posted 28 Jun 2010 , 2:41am

I hate sifting too, and I'm lazy. I just stir with a wisk and call it good.

heddahope Posted 28 Jun 2010 , 2:46am

On good eats he used a food processor.
I have wondered about that.

cheriej Posted 28 Jun 2010 , 3:00am

hate my 5 cup hand crank, looked at battery powered - not worth crap, now I use a tamis which is a large plate size strainer. Just use a spatula to get the powdered sugar (and cake mix, salt etc.) through. Faster than a sifter, not perfect but I can sift, and I mean really sift it to get the lumps out, a lot of sugar in no time. You can get it at Sur La Table.

4realLaLa Posted 28 Jun 2010 , 3:04am

When it comes to sifting, simple is better. I love love love my mesh sifter it is far better than the one I bought a few years ago with the squeeze handle. I felt like Popeye but with one giant forearm.

7yyrt Posted 28 Jun 2010 , 3:56am

I sift in a strainer because sometimes there are hard things that show up in the bottom. Those I toss.

Melvira Posted 28 Jun 2010 , 12:54pm

Here's an interesting tidbit, if anyone cares. If you use a fine mesh strainer and you happen to use a course grain salt like I do... if you ever put too much salt in, you can strain it out. It saved me once so I thought it was worth mentioning! icon_rolleyes.gif

sheilabelle Posted 13 Jul 2010 , 12:40pm

Could someone post a pict. or a link to what your strainer looks like? The one that I have is quite fine, and takes longer than my sifter to use. TIA

7yyrt Posted 13 Jul 2010 , 2:15pm

Mine is like this one. http://www.webstaurantstore.com/tablecraft-88-8-medium-stainless-steel-single-mesh-strainer/4079198.html
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KayMc Posted 13 Jul 2010 , 2:26pm

I need help on this issue, too! Because of this thread, and my hatred of my sifters (both new and old), I got a larger wire mesh strainer like the one pictured above. It took FOREVER to sift a 2 LB bag. I tried tapping, and I tried pushing through w/ a wooden spoon. Both methods sucked. What am I doing wrong?????????????????????????????
Sifting sucks big time!

theberryqueen_56 Posted 13 Jul 2010 , 2:48pm

Forever is a looooong time. I use exactly the same sifter you do and it takes no time at all. I grab the sifter on both sides and use a motion like I'm tossing salad over a big bowl. I am done in under a minute. You just have to use a little force!

mamawrobin Posted 13 Jul 2010 , 2:52pm

Kay I also use a strainer like the one in the photo but it takes literally seconds to sift a two pound bag of sugar. I pour the entire bag into the strainer and shake it, kind of straight up and down, over a large bowl.

7yyrt Posted 13 Jul 2010 , 2:58pm

KayMc, you may have had a very fine mesh. I use a medium size.

KayMc Posted 13 Jul 2010 , 3:11pm

OK, I'll check out my mesh, AND I'll use more force. Thanks, guys! I want this to be as fast as you can do it!!

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