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Sifting Flour for a Recipe?

Why do I have left over sifted flour when I sift 3 cups? Are you supposed to use all of the sifted flour when making a recipe?

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December 11, 20190 found this helpful
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Sift to make flour lighter, not packed like in the bag. You take your measurements after sifting

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I have been a baker most of my life and I stopped sifting flour years ago for most every recipe I make and my things turn out fine.

When I did, I sifted, then measured.

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Today's flour is different than from the olden days and while sifting may still work for things like angel food cakes or things you want to be super airy and light, for most things it is not necessary.

Just don't "hard pack" the flour into the measuring cup...meaning tamp it down with a spoon when you measure and you should be fine.

What I do instead of sifting if I am mixing dry ingredients is I do so with a large fork or a whisk and I toss the dry items (like if I am doing cocoa, salt, and cinnamon into flour), I put them all in the bowl, then fork or whisk them together to prevent clumps and mix well.

It is one less step and I find no difference in my finished product.

Happy baking!! 'Tis the season for YUM!!!

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I'm with Pghgirl because most recipes that call for sifting flour are just left overs from sometimes years ago but 'updated'. The only problem with doing that is they do not change from 'old' ways to newer ways and the ingredients are not always made the same as in the past.

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I can remember my mother sifting flour with everything she baked but I'm sure the flour was not refined in the same manner as today.
Back in time a nice sifter was on the 'wanted' list of every new bride because it was a necessary item.

Just be sure flour is not 'packed' and there should be no difference in the finished product. Just stir it with a fork before measuring and it should be fine.

Anyone who wishes to used sifted flour should measure after the sifting.

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Sifted is the most accurate measurement. I have a canister that I keep flour in. When I buy a bag, I sift it before putting it in the canister and it stays fluffed up.

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When baking, I don't sift if again. I just measure from the canister what is needed. For me, it's much more convenient that way.

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December 11, 20190 found this helpful

No not normally. I know a recipe will call for 3 cups of sifted flour. But when you shift flour it makes it a lot lighter and gives you more flour. So what you do is start off with 2 1/2 cups to shift. Then measure it and add a bit more if needed. I think it will take 2 3/4 cups of flour to get you the 3 cups of sifted flour. This depends on your sifter when you are doing this one.

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December 12, 20190 found this helpful

You will have more than 3 cups after sifting. Just use 3 cups.

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