Why Sift Flour?

| 3/12/2019 11:13:00 AM

I can probably count on one hand the number of times I’ve ever sifted flour. In modern, everyday kitchens, it’s not such a common practice. However, flour sifters have garnered my attention since I started grinding my own whole grains for bread baking. That’s because this simple practice easily separates chunky bits of grain from the finer flour.

Don’t get me wrong, I look for those chunky bits in my whole grain breads. However, not everyone in my household has the same appreciation for them.

That conflict has led me to search out a means for producing a finer flour with the equipment I already have in my kitchen. So far, I haven’t been successful. 

Photo by Loretta Sorensen

My food processor may not have the proper attachments for grinding grain. Although my research brought up information about using a food processor to produce flour, it didn’t work for me at all. 

For several years I’ve relied on my Vitamix high speed blender to produce whole grain flour – using the dry container. It works better than any other appliance I have, but I still have to sift out the chunks, or spring for a flour mill.

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