I know the flour sifter shown here is presented a little awkwardly. I wanted to show you what it looked like on the inside.
D got it for me on his way back from University one day - how romantic, not flowers or chocolates, but a sifter - ah the man knows me pretty well. I was pretty chuffed it. I do have a traditional flour sieve, one that my mother gave me. However every time I picked it up, it reminded me of a tambourine. I wasn't able to find it up until recently whilst packing for the move.
So this manual sifter has been handy over the years for aerating flour, especially for muffins. MMm muffins, I quite fancy some Coffee and Walnut Muffins today.
I have to point out though, its not particularly friendly if you have arthritis in the hand. as you have to squeeze the steel handles to release the flour, but touchwood I don't have to contend with those health issues like my mother (yet).
I also have those stainless steel flour shakers for flouring the rolling pin when rolling out pastry.
When mixing, I do like to use a wooden spoon for stirring, but I have also taken a liking to spatulas. Here are just three, though I have six or eight in various colours. Many came my way free, namely through cooking magazines.
Its good not just for stirring, but also for removing every last bit of Beetroot Muffin batter from the bowl. Even for thinly spreading Meat-free Pig Free 'Facon' Bacon mixture onto the tray.
How many spatulas do you have tucked away in your kitchen drawers?