How to Sift Flour

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How to Sift Flour

Sifting flour is sometimes called for when the recipe requires more air integrated with the flour, or if other dry ingredients like baking powder or salt. Here’s how you can sift your flour, with or without a sifter.


Before starting, make sure that you sift the flour before you sift it with other dry ingredients. This way, you don’t throw off the proper measurement for the flour.

You should also pay close attention to the wording of the recipe. When the recipe states “one cup sifted flour,” it means you should sift the flour first before measuring. If the recipe states “one cup flour, sifted” you should measure out the flour first before sifting.

With a Sifter

  1. Use two separate bowls, one for the sifted flour and another for the unsifted flour. Use one bowl if you’re sifting the flour on a surface or on wax paper.
  2. Fill your flour sifter with flour and squeeze or shake the handle.
  3. To get a more accurate measurement, sift the flour directly into a measuring cup.

Without a Sifter

Here are the alternatives that you can use if you don’t have a flour sifter.

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  • Sieve. Scoop up the flour and gently agitate the sieve to sift the flour into your container or surface of choice.
  • Shaking. Shake the flour in the bowl or measuring cup that you’re using. This will agitate the flour and encourage larger parts to fall into smaller pieces, encouraging more air in between the flour particles.
  • Spoon. Scoop up some flour using your spoon, lifting it up in the air before letting it drop back down in the container. Do it like you’re tossing a salad. This may require some elbow grease, but it will give you a similar effect as using a flour sifter.
  • Strainer and fork. Stir or mix up the flour using a fork, and use the mesh strainer to sift the flour.
  • Whisk. You can either use a fork or a whisk to briskly whisk the flour like you were beating the egg.

There are a lot of alternatives for you for sifting flour, so you don’t have to worry whenever the recipe calls for it. Good luck.