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Looking for a Sifter...

I'm looking for a sifter for my mom. She's got one of those with the squeeze handles and they just are terrible. Hands are cramping and mom is not happy.

Does anyone know where I can find those old-time sifters with the crank handle?


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    1. I found mine at a Homegoods store (marshall's ).. but it's hit or miss there (albeit everything in all of the marshall's, tjmaxx, and homegoods stores is 15% off today only -- so it might be worth a look.).

      1. I wanted to mention to you about the Oxo sifter. You just gently move it side to side and it sifts. I searched "sifter" on Amazon and they have this. I also noticed that Amazon has some battery powered models, too.

        1. I got rid of my sifter with the crank handle because it sprayed flour all over everytime one of the flanges comes up from the flour. It always made a mess. I have a squeeze handle, which I prefer, but I also bought this neat little model that sifts the flour directly into an attached bowl. It has a crank handle, but it works much better than the other one I had.

          1. i use a tamis. It looks like a cake pan with a screen bottom. You can just put it over a bowl and use a spatula in a back and forth motion and sift right into the bowl.

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            1. re: Candy

              Yes, but then you need a BIG bowl -- at least for the tamis I have!

              1. re: roxlet

                Mine is not more than 9" in diameter. My mixing bowls are larger.

              1. Maybe try this?

                Just buy a food stainer, put flour, salt, other dry ingredients in and tap against other hand over bowl, easy peasy.


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                1. re: rcspott

                  I agree with the food strainer. It a good multi tasker, though sometimes I stir with a spoon and only tap at the end.

                    1. re: MMRuth

                      I rarely sift. I simply use a whisk. I'm not terribly worried about bugs, rocks, and the like in my flour. (When I am, I sift.)

                      1. re: dscheidt

                        sifting does more than remove foreign objects from flour... it "aerates" the flour putting you well on your way to a more even texture, properly aerated batter. It's also the proper way to mix in certain other dry ingredients (such as salt, baking powder, baking soda, etc) to make sure they are more evenly distributed.

                        1. re: karmalaw

                          What do you think a whisk does? Except it's faster, easier, and less messy. The only thing sifting gets you over the whisk is that it removes foreign objects, which until fairly recently was a real concern.

                          1. re: dscheidt

                            So, if a recipe calls for 1 cup sifted flour, how do you determine that using the whisking method?

                            1. re: MMRuth

                              With a scale, and avoiding recipes that are written by (or at least for) people who don't care about accurate measuring. A measuring cup is inherently an inaccurate measure. Not only is there a great variance in how they get filed and leveled, but there's quite a difference in actual cup measures.

                              On the rare occasion where it's absolutely necessary to use a cup, whisk the flour, and then fill the measuring cup with a spoon.

                              1. re: MMRuth

                                Vigorously whisk flour, then pour the flour into the measuring cup.

                              2. re: dscheidt

                                Frankly, I don't think a whisk does it as well... but as long as you're happy -- that's really all that matters.

                              3. re: karmalaw

                                Actually, the whisk does a much better job than a sifter when it comes to evenly distributing ingredients. Rose Levy Beranbaum did her masters thesis on the very subject, and the best way to incorporate dry ingredients is a food processor with the blade attachment.

                                1. re: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester

                                  I do that as well, based on her book. I'll have to do a "test" sometime of whisking vs. sifting, then measuring.

                                  1. re: MMRuth

                                    I always sift the ingredients, Give a quick stir dry (with fork or whisk), then add the wet ingredients then proceed.

                      2. My daugher in law sent me a battery operated sifter, which sounds like just the ticket for your mother. http://www.amazon.com/Norpro-Battery%...