My wife, thank God, is a great cook and wonderful baker. (really thank God because coming from my motherâ€™s home anything less than great would have been a serious problem) But, as anyone living or spending time in Israel can tell you, baking in Israel can be a pain, not just because of the Celsius/Fahrenheit issue, nor the ounces, grams, mili, cups, kilo, etc. issue. The biggest pain of baking in Israel is the flour checking. Unless you are lucky enough to find pre-checked, vacuum sealed flour you are gonna be stuck sifting flour to check it for bugs.
Now when I say â€˜painâ€™ I mean for me, I am usually the one who usually ends up sifting the flour, because I am the one who does most of the eating. Now as I am sure you are aware the conventional way of sifting is no picnic. In fact it is more like panning for gold than anything else. You have to put some flour in the sifter and shake it back and forth until the flour flows through the holes and you are left with clean, Kosher flour. It is not a fun job, and not a quick one.
On my motherâ€™s last visit to Israel she brought a gift to our apartment. A flour sifter. No, not the kind you use to sift flour to make it Kosher, they donâ€™t have those in America, but the kind you use to aerate flour for some random recipes. Being that we have never encountered such recipes, we never used the thing (sorry mom, you know she is reading, I am her baby).
Goal: Build an easier sifter to get bug free, Kosher flour.
Things you will need:
- 1 Israeli 'panning for gold' flour sifter (Badatz Certified, of course)
- 1 American 'flour aerator' sifter
- A permanent marker
- Pliers (needle nose and regular)
- Hot glue and hot glue gun
- A carpet knife (X-acto knife, or whatever)
- Masking tape
- Duct tape
- Some flour
Step 1: Disassembly
Step 2: Measure and Cut
Step 3: Glue!
NOTE: Before you use the hot glue, make sure it is non toxic. Also put a piece of masking tape down on your workspace for easy cleanup.
Finish gluing down the rest of the mesh by removing the tape and gluing as you go. Finally turn the mesh/screen circle over and glue around the small circular hole in the middle of if the screen.
Step 4: More Cutting
Step 5: Reassembly
Carefully push the mesh/screen piece back into place until it locks in then place the washer and octagon piece on top of it. Make sure the holes line up and everything fits.
Step 6: More Glue!
Add a dab of hot glue on the top to hold it all in place. Be careful not to glue the shaft to the mesh/screen or the octagon thing. Doing this will cause your computer to crash, you to lose all your files and the sifter to break.
Step 7: Final Step
Congratulations! You are now the proud owner of a Fancy Sifter. Now when you need to sift flour all you have to do it squeeze the handle and voila!
Hope you enjoyed...
Some of you may be scratching your heads, wondering, "but in the things listed that we would need, he listed duct tape. He never used duct tape in this DIY Project" and you would be right. But I didn't say that list was things you would need for this project, just things you will need, and you WILL need duct tape, everyone needs duct tape!