Why sift breading flour? It’s about quality and efficiency

There’s nothing quite like biting into crunchy fried food. More than a flavor, it’s a multisensory experience. You see the rich golden color, smell the irresistible aroma, hear the crunch, and feel the crispy breading mingling with the soft, succulent meat, as exquisite flavor bursts forth with each bite, delighting your taste buds. Breading can take the quality of your dishes to a whole new level, creating craveable cuisine that keeps your customers coming back for more.

But all breading is not created equal. You need specific processes to produce consistently mouthwatering results.

Why sift breading flour?

Breading flour is a bit like new fallen snow. Once someone has gone tramping through it, it’s never quite the same.

Your first batch of proteins or vegetables is pretty much ideal. The breading is smooth and — if blended properly — has ingredients uniformly disbursed throughout the mixture. The fine texture easily adheres to foods, creating a thin, tasty layer of even thickness all around.

Without thorough sifting, though, problems start to show up in subsequent batches. Lumps form wherever liquid comes into contact with flour, and each protein or vegetable adds a few more. The heavier ingredients in your breading start to settle toward the bottom, leaving only lighter ingredients to coat your foods.

The lumpy breading then creates areas that alternate between spots with no breading and spots with thick, tasteless breading, which can lead to over or undercooking. The quality and flavor profiles of your breaded foods change from batch to batch, and customers never know what they’ll get when they order.

Sifting breading flour stops this cycle. It removes lumps between batches, redistributes ingredients and makes each and every batch as perfect as the first. And your customers will come to count on the consistently superior look and taste of your foods.

Creating a winning breading and sifting process

The standard breading process usually begins with dipping proteins or vegetables in an egg wash or other liquid followed by applying breading flour, breadcrumbs and/or other coatings to the moist surface. Breading types vary based on the recipe and desired flavor. Every so often, the breading is sifted by hand or machine to remove any dough balls that have accumulated. Sifting frequency will depend on specific factors, such as workflow, recipe requirements and service volume.

A good breading station supports the established workflow, holding the breading and egg wash needed for the recipe, tongs, manual or automatic sifting equipment, as well as a place to put your proteins or vegetables before and after they are breaded.

Save time, money, and labor with automatic sifters

If you’ve read this far, you know sifting is an important part of the breading process because it helps create consistently superior output. You can improve your process even further by using an automatic sifter, such as AyrKing’s Breader Blender Sifter (BBS).

Sifting is the only way to save flour and other breading ingredients, and the BBS is significantly more efficient than hand sifting. It can sift an entire batch of breading in less than a minute, separating dough balls from usable breading with a minimum of waste. And unlike human sifters who may choose to dispose of good breading to avoid extra work, the BBS consistently processes each batch effectively.

Sifting saves money by:

  • extending the life of breading
  • minimizing ingredient waste
  • freeing employees to do other tasks
  • improving food quality to improve customer retention

Because a BBS will save money on each and every batch of breading it processes, the more breading your establishment handles, the more you can save. Want to know how much? Find out with our handy savings calculator.

Sifting FAQs

How often should you sift breading flour?

Operators who sift by hand rely on visual cues to see when the flour stops adhering well to foods. They can then either add new breading to the damp flour or dump it entirely and add new breading. Because sifting with the BBS is so fast and efficient, it’s easy to sift your breading flour after each batch. Then you can simply pay attention to the dough ball chute and add new flour as needed.

How fine should the flour or breading be sifted?

BBS models come standard with 1.5 mm screen, the most common sifting size. If your breading mix is larger than that, AyrKing offers bigger screens in increments of .5 mm and recommends staying in the 1.5-4.5 mm range. Some examples of breading that require a larger screen are breading blends with a pepper flake that measures 3.0 mm or panko breading, which is larger than other breadcrumbs. In these cases, the operations would start with a 3.0 mm screen and go larger if they found their bigger pieces were being filtered out.

Is an automatic sifter worth it?

How much an automatic sifter can save your operation depends on several factors, including:

  • The size of your operation
  • How much breading you use in a typical week
  • Whether breaded items are primary parts of your menu or simply occasional offerings
  • Whether your current demand for breaded foods exceeds your ability to quickly produce them.

The more you spend on breading, the greater your savings will be. Plus — not using employees to sift breading flour increases their availability to perform other tasks, maximizing your labor and reducing some of their physical strain.

Improve your efficiency and food quality with automated sifting

So now you know sifting is the secret to achieving high-quality, consistent breading, as well as cutting expenses, reducing ingredient waste, and freeing your employees to perform other tasks. If your operation is struggling to keep up with demand for breaded foods, or if you would like to increase your profit by decreasing your ingredient and labor costs, an automated sifter just might be the solution you’ve been looking for.

Ready to get started with automated sifting? Check out our guide for finding the perfect BBS for your operation.

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