My husband just brought me this, it's awesome. I've never seen one before so was apprehensive about using it but it works a dream. Have any of you heard of these?
more than 20 years ago i was teaching a cake deco class and one lady had a cell phone which was ultra expensive and most rare at that time--car cell phones were just starting to be installed--portable cell phones were only seen in the movies--she actually got calls during class and i was a bit amazed by it all--well she also had an electric sifter that she highly recommended--she was so out of my league at the time i just dismissed it all--
but then fast forward to now--yes what a great idea that is--it would increase your production and minimize your effort--perfect combination --i love it! i hate sifting but i never really considered an electric one because it's been locked in my 'too extravagant file'--and they are not commonly found either--looks like it has a lid too which would hopefully help contain the dust cloud.
yes and it eliminates lumps and bits in the powder too--either by breaking up the softer ones or when you discard the leftover bits found in the bottom of the sifter--it's an insurance thing
I'm ashamed to say how long it has been sitting looking at me without me even opening the box as I too thought it was a gadget. It was only after my husband mentioned it (possibly more than once) that I actually opened it and used it as I felt bad. I'm so cross with myself as it's such a time saver! and yes, it has a cover too, plus it "sticks" to the counter with rubber feet. Really excellent, the sifting is done by the time I've poured 1 cup of sugar into the mixer.
This is intriguing. I do a lot of macarons and sifting the almond meal/icing sugar is the longest/crappiest part. Do you know what causes the sifting action? Is it a vibration or is there something pushing the flour through the sieve? It makes me wonder if one could attach a motor to a regular sifter ...
If you weigh your flour and powdered sugar for macarons, I have a tip for "sifting" them. I weigh them out, put them in a large Gladware container, put the lid on, and shake the c**p out of it. Works great to get out lumps, and mix the two together. And my macarons always come out very pretty. :)
That is a good tip, I do essentially the same thing into a large Rubbermaid flour container (I almost wish I had one of those paint can shakers!). I also stopped grinding my almond/sugar mixture like you're 'supposed' to. I just sift into the bowl and grind whatever doesn't sift through - well if I'm being honest I dump it back into my large container to grind later!
I'm wondering if a kitchenaid grain mill would work well for grinding and sifting? I think its the only attachment neither me nor my mom have! So expensive. And as I was typing this I thought "why doesn't kitchenaid have a sifter attachment?" Well I googled and it seems like they at least had one designed: http://www.coroflot.com/kylegati/kitchenaid-project. Or perhaps that guy just designed one on his own.