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Poll Results: Do you sift when making bc icing to cover a cake?

 
  • 75% (31)
    Yes, always!
  • 24% (10)
    Never bother!
41 Total Votes  
post #16 of 26
I bought a hand-held sifter with the trigger mechanism and nearly broke my hand sifting just 3 cups of flour. Go for the rotary one if you must and bypass the trigger sifter. I recently read The Cake Bible and Rose Levy Beranbaum had the greatest tip about using the food processor for a few whirls. I am still using a strainer and while it takes forever, I don't nearly need to kill all my hand muscles just to make a cake.
post #17 of 26
I use the good old fashion sifter with the handle that you turn. Just set the sifter inside of a gallon zip loc bag, pour the P Sugar into the sifter in the bag, sift and then pour the sifted sugar into you KA mixer from that bag.

Sometimes I sift into a bowl and then I use a large plastic spoon (the kind from the dollar store that comes in a set with a slotted spoon and a spatula) and spoon it into the KA. It really doesn't take long and it is a bit neater. It doesn't seem to get all over my kitchen that way.
post #18 of 26
I tried the one with the handle but my hand always hurt at the end so now I use a large strainer with fine sieve. I pour the ps in there and hold over a big bowl and kind of shake and at the same time I stir with a spoon.
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post #19 of 26
large mesh strainer over a bowl & tap
also I drape the kitchen towel over the KA to avoid the puffs
speaking of always sifting..... where has Mawarobin been? anybody know?
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post #20 of 26
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Originally Posted by Alfiesmom

large mesh strainer over a bowl & tap
also I drape the kitchen towel over the KA to avoid the puffs
speaking of always sifting..... where has Mawarobin been? anybody know?



I was wondering the same thing. I think I saw a post from lst week, but not sure. Maybe she is taking some time off.

I use a crank handle type. I tried the squeeze handle, but it was horrible. The blades would get stuck and my hand would be throbbing after just a few cups. I tried the fine strainer, and I liked it, but I guess I need to buy a better one. Mine broke after just a few uses. Maybe next time I am at the restaurant supply store I will buy a good quality one and give it a go again. It seems to be less messy, not as much product thrown all over the kitchen counter.
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post #21 of 26
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Originally Posted by crazyladybaker

I sift anything that will sift... icon_lol.gif Yes, I too sift the cake mix if I use a box mix.



i so agree to this one! my sister thinks im going out of hand! She thinks we dont have to sift if it'[s a mix from the box or confectioner sugar because of how fine they look
post #22 of 26
I sift cake boxes as well. and all my dry ingredients together. My strainer fits perfect over my KA bowl and I cover sometimes with a towel from sugar smoke. I don't use hand held sifter's of any kind, anymore. They rust if you forget to dry them completely and they hurt my hand..So the mesh strainer is awesome to me.
post #23 of 26
I bought a cheap hand held strainer at Wal Mart. I too sift mixes, scratch ingredients, powdered sugar, etc. I sift it over a large metal bowl and use a measuring cup to scoop and plop it into the KA bowl.
post #24 of 26
I use a big sieve, and always sift every dry powder.
I too, have found things in 'powders'; plastic bits, those annoying lumps... once a large ant-thing in a brand new bag of sugar. (That bag promptly went back to the store.)
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post #25 of 26
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I shall continue to sift! Thanks for the great responses!
post #26 of 26
I have always sifted PS but not the dry ingredients including the cake mix. Great info. Will have to sift it all next time.
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