I do quite a lot of baking so I am always on the look out for any new kitchen equipment and I so when I saw this one at my local Ikea for £1 I bought it straight away. I hadn't actually got a flour sifter as I have got several sieves with different size mesh and would often just use my fingers to sprinkle flour or icing sugar.
This handy little flour sifter is stainless steel and it has a large square looking handle which will fit even the largest of hands. It has measurements on the side if you need to measure how much flour or icing sugar you are using and the lid clips off for you to fill.
The lid fits quite firmly on the top and it does feel secure when you are using it. When I first used it I held onto the lid with my other hand just in case it came off but soon realised that it was firmly closed, in fact you need to give it a slight twist sometimes to take it off. The lid has numerous small holes which is where the flour comes out and I find that the best way to use it when it is quite full is to just tip it to the side and shake it gently, and then as it empties to turn it up fully to shake.
When using a flour sifter it does help to remove lumps in your flour or icing sugar and I find that it spreads flour much more easily and evenly than previously when I would either sprinkle flour from the packet or just grab a handful and I am also using less flour this way. You can also get a more accurate aim using the sifter if you are sprinkling a cake with icing sugar and you get more of an even spread.
You could also use this flour sifter to sprinkle cinamon or chocolate on cakes or drinks which I haven't yet done but I am sure I may do at some point. After use I have just washed it under the tap and it cleans easily and quickly as it is only used for dry ingredients. I think that this little flour sifter is excellent value for £1, it feels strong and well made, it does a good job and it comes recommended by me.
I'm a very keen baker but I've never bothered sifting flour or icing sugar; I usually blend with an electric mixer and find this makes the mixture very smooth, light and lump-free and prior sifting of ingredients is not necessary.
Unable to resist a new kitchen gadget, I ended up buying this sifter from IKEA despite my lack of any need for it. This isn't just a standard sieve, and I really wanted to have a go with it.
The item came with no packaging or instruction, but I found it fairly simple and self-explanitary to use.
This is like a metal cup with a handle. You put the flour is the cup part and squeeze the lever on the handle. This forces the flour through a very fine metal mesh in the bottom of the cup, and the flour comes through the bottom of the cup nice and fine and lump-free. It is really quick to use and I usually found that when baking and using about 100g of flour it would just take a few squeezes of the handle and it was all sifted through. I weirdly enjoyed using it and it's way more fun than a boring old sieve.
It cost about £2.50 which would be an ok price if I still had it. Unfortunately this utensil is really difficult to clean, which at first was just annoying and eventually just became impossible. It ended up that there small bits of cocoa powder and icing sugar stuck in some of the little nooks and crannies which I couldn't get out. I eventually threw it out as I wasn't going to use it dirty.
I wouldn't really recommend this as although it works well it is badly designed in terms of being washable!
Probably like most people, I always end up buying random small kitchen items (that I probably don't really need!) each time I visit Ikea. I'm forever adding bits and bobs to my shopping bag that take my fancy whilst I'm looking around the store. They're always bought on a bit of a whim, sometimes this works out and I get a lot of use out the item, sometimes it doesn't and the item is then relegated to the back of the kitchen drawer or cupboard.
One of the items that I bought on a whim one day in Ikea, and that has actually turned out to be one of my duffer purchases is this Idealisk flour sifter. The Idealisk flour sifter costs £2.50 in Ikea.
As the name would suggest the flour sifter sifts or sieves flour, icing sugar, cocoa etc. I normally just use a metal sieve (is that the right name for it?) to sift my flour etc. However if I'm in a hurry I do normally find that as I'm shaking the sieve to sift my dried goods through it I always end up with clouds of flour/icing sugar/cocoa flying around, and then a good covering over the work top too. This is purely user error and not the fault of my metal sieve though!
I decided that the Idealisk flour sifter looked like a nifty thing to use as you don't shake it to sift your dried goods through it, you squeeze the lever inside the handle. Basically you tip your dry ingredient into the jug, and then you squeeze the lever inside the handle lots and lots and lots and lots and lots... of times to sift the dry ingredient through the fine mesh sieve at the bottom of the jug. As you squeeze the lever inside the handle, a metal criss-cross thingy (brilliant technical description there!) at the base of the jug just above the mesh sieve, will turn around and agitate the flour or whatever your sifting to force it through the mesh sieve.
This has some pluses and some minuses. On the plus side it doesn't create that cloud of dry ingredients and because you're not shaking it you don't end up with a covering over the work top, it does just concentrate and deposit the ingredient directly in the bowl, or over your cake or dessert if it's just a fine dusting of icing sugar or cocoa that you're sifting.
However on the minus side it takes a loooong time to sift the item through, you have to squeeze that lever an awful lot of times to sift through the flour for a cake mix. It's ok if it's just a small amount of an ingredient, but for a larger amount then it just takes far too long. You also can't just balance it over your bowl like you can with a sieve with a long handle and go and do something else, you've got to finish the sifting, or else just put the jug down on a plate or a chopping board and then come back to to finish off.
The flour sifter is stainless steel, and it is dishwasher safe. Mine has been in the dishwasher a number of times and is still in perfect condition.
I would have to say that I don't really need this at all, and I hardly ever use it. I only really use it if all of my metal sieves are dirty and I need to sift something. I do however use it quite a lot for sifting a small amount of cocoa or icing sugar over the top of a cake or a dessert as I think that that's where this really works best.