Which weighs more, a pound of feathers or a pound of lead?

As part of the Modernist Bread Crumbs podcast series, Heritage Radio Network has been offering a series of baking tips. Today’s is “How to sift flour“. It contains this priceless gem:

One thing to note, as well, is that sifted flour weighs significantly less than unsifted flour, so you may be putting in the wrong amount if you are not sifting carefully.

Daft, at least to me. And true only if you are attempting to weigh, say, a cup of flour. Why would you even bother to do that? Oh yes, because your forebears did it and all your recipes continue to do it and you don’t actually have a decent scale.

I suggest you ask Santa nicely.

You may still want to sift your flour for some recipes, but at least you won’t have to worry about how much it weighs.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.