Sift Before Or After Measuring?

Baking By madicakes Updated 6 May 2011 , 10:02pm by artscallion

madicakes Posted 6 May 2011 , 2:27pm
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Okay scratch bakers, should I be sifting my flour before I measure it or after? I always aerate and scoop into the measuring cup, then level, but I'm not sure about when to sift. Ideally, I intend to measure correctly, then weight it, so that I can use weights instead of cup measurements, as I believe it would be more accurate to do so.

Thanks for all of your help!

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wiggler Posted 6 May 2011 , 9:48pm
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I learned here recently that you should generally measure before you sift . If the recipe says for example 4 oz flour sifted , you sift after measuring . The sifted flour weighs more icon_smile.gif

Mo-Mo73 Posted 6 May 2011 , 9:53pm
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i sift afterwards...i believe its to ensure a lighter cake consistency...i think thats how you spell it =)

artscallion Posted 6 May 2011 , 10:02pm
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If it says "1 cup flour, sifted" you sift after.
If it says "1 cup sifted flour" you sift before.
If it doesn't mention sifting at all, you do it after.

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