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Angela E.

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How do you clean a flour sifter?
#234131 - 12/28/05 02:47 PM

I think I ruined mine because I can't get the flour out of it and now it smells really bad!! Any tips to salvage this one or how to keep the next one from meeting the same fate? I was lazy and didn't clean it right away either with the holiday craziness!

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Yoda (formerly Hans)

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Re:LOL. Send it to a happier place... new
#234133 - 12/28/05 02:55 PM

and buy a new one. NEVER get a flour sifter wet. Then just never wash it. Tap it thoroughly to get all the bits out.
Oh - Martha Stewart just uses a strainer - you know those metal wire ones as a sifter - she just dumps it in and shakes it around. Does the same thing.

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Angela E.

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Re:LOL. Send it to a happier place... new
#234136 - 12/28/05 03:13 PM

Duh!! I didn't even think about not getting it wet. I have used it before and did get it wet and it seemed to be clean. Oh well off to the garbage it goes! LOL

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Snow for Sarala

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Before you throw it out... new
#234144 - 12/28/05 03:42 PM

if you have the patience/desire to clean it...use a toothpick! That's what I did with mine....it works...but it takes a few mintues

Just thought I'd suggest it in case you haven't thrown it out yet

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Bevvy

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Good Question! new
#234145 - 12/28/05 03:44 PM

Amazing that you posted this just when I took my sifter out of the dishwasher.

Unfortunately, they're not stainless steel; they're just cheap metal that RUSTS! I took it out of the dishwasher after the dry cycle had finished, but it was still wet. I took a paper towel and dried it, and what did I get off it? You guessed it -- RUST!

I notice on all the cooking shows on TV that no one uses a sifter; they use a strainer instead. Now I think I understand why. I don't know about your strainer, but mine's rust-proof!

I'd toss that sifter of yours and, if you don't already have a strainer, get yourself one -- a GOOD one; it's worth the investment.

Bevvy

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Shell Marr

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Re: How do you clean a flour sifter? new
#234148 - 12/28/05 03:59 PM

I know that when I went to a cooking demo of Heather's she uses a sifter that was her Grandmother's I THINK and she also said she never washes it.... just hits all the flour out of it.

I personally use one of these after rusting 2 of my sifters... LOL......



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Kree

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Re: How do you clean a flour sifter? new
#234157 - 12/28/05 05:00 PM

I never wash my sifter, either. I just wipe it out thoroughly after every use. I figure flour, baking soda, cocoa powder, etc. aren't really dirty. My mother never washed hers either, and I haven't died yet.. just for future reference.

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Angela E.

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Re: How do you clean a flour sifter? new
#234167 - 12/28/05 05:20 PM

He He! I have learned a great lesson today my friends!! Listen to this though, hubby came home and I told him about the sifter and he said " You don't wash it!! My mom always just left hers in the flour!" How in the world did this man know this? And why couldn't he have enlightened me sooner? Anyways I am way to lazy to pick out the bad stuff so it is now in the garbage on the side of the road waiting for its journey to the dump! I will be purchasing one of those hand held ones because it looks much easier to deal with!!

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Bevvy

Reged: 11/04/03
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#234180 - 12/28/05 07:50 PM

I was always told never to wash the sifter. Usually I don't; I keep it in a large Zip-Loc bag. I don't keep it in the flour because it's too awkward when I want to spoon out only a tablespoon.

The problem comes in when you use the sifter for something other than flour, such as sifting flour AND cinnamon AND nutmeg AND, AND, AND.... because the spices kinda "stick" to the sides of the sifter, then the next time you use the sifter for flour alone, you get some of that spice in it. Thus, ya gotta wash it!

You're right; interesting that hubby remembered his mom left it in the flour. How many men would remember that?!?



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Shell Marr

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I just asked Shane... new
#234190 - 12/28/05 10:02 PM

I just asked Shane,

SHELL: Do you recall ever watching your Mom bake when you were younger?

SHANE: Yes

SHELL: Did she use one of those sifters? (I gave a hand motion of squeezing the handle)

SHANE: Yes, she did!

SHELL: Where did she keep it?

SHANE: I beleive in the flour bag



TOO funny that he remembered that!! LOL


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