Is there an advantage to sifting flour?

Does sifting flour provide any benefit besides breaking up clumps? I think I heard sometime ago that it allows for better hydration. It would make sense, but I haven't really heard much about this and am curious to know.

Nick Harris
posted about 5 years ago

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I always sift , usually twice, before adding water to the flower. I have not done side by side comparisons, but I believe that sifting makes the flour more easy to hydrate.


Mark Evenson
posted about 5 years ago

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