Intro: Easier Kosher Flour Sifter (Bug Checker)
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
Look into the top of the sifter, you will see a bent piece of metal that holds the assembly together (see pic). Take your needle nose pliers, get in there and bend that sucker back so you can remove the top two pieces of the assembly. Use your needle nose pliers to carefully pull out the top two pieces. You need to be firm and gentle so as not to tear the screen, but don't be afraid to pull hard.
Step 2: Measure and Cut
Take the circle shaped screen thingy and place it on top of your Israeli gold panning sifter. Trace the circle with your marker, and cut it out, make sure to leave a little room outside your circle (i.e. don't cut on the line but just outside it).
Step 3: Glue!
Tape the mesh circle onto the circle screen thingy you removed from your American flour aerator. Peel back one section and place a nice line of hot glue on the outer edge, push the mesh firmly down (being careful not to BURN yourself! use a Popsicle stick or something, I dono)
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
Cut off the excesses mesh and poke out/cut out the hole in the middle. You should now have a circle screen thing that is covered in the fine Badatz mesh and ready to be installed in your sifter.
Step 5: Reassembly
Reassemble the assembly, remember the screen/mesh thing goes in first than the other piece.
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!
Bend the metal back as best you can, it is kinds hard so:
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
Let everything cool and dry. If you are really anxious put the whole thing in the fridge for a minute or so. Test it out, if the top doesn't stay in place add a little more glue.
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!