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post #1 of 31
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Ok, so one of the things I don't like to do is sieve icing sugar (powdered sugar/confectioners sugar). It gets everywhere. It takes ages. I have to push lumps through the sieve. It makes my arms ache. I just want it to be quick so I can get on with the fun stuff. Dos anyone have any tips? Also post here if you find some stuff tedious that others might be able to help with to make it easier? Alternatively just have a rant!
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post #2 of 31
The only thing I ever sift is cocoa. Just haven't had the need to sift powdered sugar or anything else.

What I find tedious and hate doing is mix/scrape, mix/scrape. I HATE scraping the bottom of the bowl... especially when the bowl is on a 60 qt mixer. UGH!
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post #3 of 31
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The only time I cut corners and didn't sieve I ended up with lumpy frosting. Drives me bloody mad, icinjg dust everywhere! Plus it's boring! I just want to decorate!!!
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Mix scrape also annoying!
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post #5 of 31

you could get one of those sieves where you don't shake it, you twist something instead :-)

 

I'm not sure what it's called but it's like a cylinder and you just turn the handle and it rotates some mechanism inside that sifts the icing sugar/flour/whatever. I can't remember who it is that I watch on Youtube that uses one of those....

 

 

anyway sorry enough about that xD

 

I don't think I find anything tedious as such. I don't like waiting for my butter and eggs to come to room temp because I ALWAYS forget to bring them out of the fridge beforehand.

post #6 of 31

aha! here it is. would make a lot less mess too, I suspect.

 

http://www.amazon.com/Johnson-Rose-3376-Rotary-Flour-Sifter/dp/B0001MS054

post #7 of 31
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The only thing I ever sift is cocoa. Just haven't had the need to sift powdered sugar or anything else.

What I find tedious and hate doing is mix/scrape, mix/scrape. I HATE scraping the bottom of the bowl... especially when the bowl is on a 60 qt mixer. UGH!

They make a bowl scrapper attachment for the 60 quart. Wish they did for my little one.

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www.VeryDeliciousDesserts.com

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Delicious-Desserts/207874222593145

 

It's never "just cake!"

 

You may get a cake for $way to little but you won't get this cake!

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post #8 of 31
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They make a bowl scrapper attachment for the 60 quart. Wish they did for my little one.

$600! Yikes!
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post #9 of 31

Cleaning after the cake is done is tedious!  I am not one to clean as I go so it takes awhile to clean when I'm done...

post #10 of 31

I only have 1 kitchenaid and one bowl.  Mix, wash the bowl, mix, wash the bowl, mix..........I also hate the sound of my oven timer.  I only have a conventional oven and have to bake and bake.

post #11 of 31
I love my flex edge beater.

I don't sift either but I suspect they put something in American powdered sugar that probably isn't in British icing sugar which is why we can get away with it.

For me it's getting couplers out of piping bags. So annoying and messy.
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post #12 of 31

For me it's shredding carrots for carrot cake. It's our best seller, so I shred about 7.5 kilos at a time. We have the shredder attachment for the Hobart mixer, I still just hate it. 

post #13 of 31
There is a bit of cornstarch in our powdered sugar to keep it from clumping.
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post #14 of 31

Could you just whirl your powdered sugar in the food processor to break up lumps?

 

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post #15 of 31
I have never used one, but there are also electric and battery powered sifters.
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