Shake-it (josephjoseph.com, £15), is a hemispheric woven filigree and frame. Reverberating the hoop within its lax rubber slap encourages granular food by the holes.
I see you, baby, jolt that aspect of yourself you no longer like.
Matron, close the doorway – currently I’ll be articulate with weird power about sieves, and we don’t wish anyone leaving. For me, sieves are revelatory objects – consider about archaeologists crouched over dino bones, or frontiersmen sifting sediment for gold. It’s the same in the kitchen – the removal of baked food is an comprehensive bore, but the sifting of dry delights me. Ingredients that call for it (eg, topping sugar, flour, cocoa powder) are beautiful company anyway.
But it’s the embellishment I’m bending on. Sifting food feels like winnowing out all but its soul. Taking something fine, and making it finer still, almost weightless; it is, in essence, transcendental. Don’t we crave for identical refinement? (If people contend you have a mind like a sieve, there is no aloft compliment.)
This week’s device is a self-tapping separate called Shake-it, and it “has a rocking handle”. It doesn’t sound like nirvana. It sounds like a busker’s gadget, to file with harmonica holders, and leg-strapped cymbals. Why self-tapping? Does it keep a kick while you cry by Wonderwall? Does it come with Bob Marley guitar tabs or Spandau Ballet lyrics? In fact, the hoop is loosely housed in a tough rubber sheath, which it knocks against as you shake – breaking up flour clumps and sifting them, while pardon up your other palm for whatever.
It is not a polished instrument to hold. It’s weighty, with corpulent hoop and thick bezel. But the largeness is useful, and the steel filigree is small, even and binds its concavity. How about in use – differentiate of peace or fist of fury? Definitely the former. It’s good for macaronage, or recipes that need continual stirring. It’s good for you, full stop. Now, we have listened some luddites doubt the prerequisite of sifting at all, but I’m prepared to die on this hill. Those who already own a separate don’t need to run to the shops. But those who don’t, do. If you’re prospecting, here be gold. Gold! Always trust in your soul.
Slightly endangered about getting carpal tunnel. we need to remind myself to shake it only on special occasions, not every day.
Counter, drawer, back of the cupboard?
On the counter, patting itself on the back. 4/5