ANST - Sifters and Sieves
Decker, Terry D.
TerryD at Health.State.OK.US
Wed Aug 20 09:12:29 PDT 1997
>>The discussion on baking, ovens and bread asked about period
>>sifters/sieves. I don't know what anyone else was using, but Ican tell you
>>what the Vikings used (and in fact, Swedes in the countryside still use
>>even today)... they used a round, cup-shaped sieve made by naalbinding,
>>utilizing horsehair fiber. Such sieves were used for sifting flour, and
>>for straining milk. Milk straining is how most seem to be used in the
>>present day, but archaeological examples have been found with ground grain
>>trapped in the fibers.
>>Wes ?u Hel (Waes Thu Hael)
I thought I had read about horsehair sieves, but couldn't find the
reference in my collection. Do you happen to have a reference list
Realizing that my memory needs jogging, I have delved into Elizabeth
David, English Bread and Yeast Cookery, once again, recovering the fact
that grain was sieved through cloth for many centuries in a process
This reminded me that I had used flour sacking to sift flour in dusting
baking tins. It's been a while since I've used the technique, since I
ran out of a ready supply of flour sacks.
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