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The purpose of sifting is to break up any clumps which may be in your ingredients and to allow air to circulate throughout your ingredients. If you need a way to sift dry ingredients for a recipe and you do not have a sifter on hand, you can use a fork or egg whisk. Simply place your dry ingredients into a bowl and stir them with a fork or egg whisk. Stir thoroughly until your ingredients are smooth and light. This method of sifting will fluff up flour and powdered sugar quickly.