We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.
Advertiser Disclosure
Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.
How We Make Money
We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently of our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

What is a Flour Duster?

Tricia Christensen
By
Updated May 17, 2024
Our promise to you
WiseGeek is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At WiseGeek, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject-matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

The flour duster for home use is a great way for adding flour, cornmeal, or even different spices into dough without imparting too much of the ingredient at once. If you look at a flour duster, the flour “container” resembles a small wooden top, lying on its side. Clamps on either side of the container also you to exert a little pressure onto the duster, releasing the flour or other powdered ingredients by rolling the top-like receptacle over dough or baked products to give just the right amount. You can also use the flour duster to create beautiful patterns by rolling in figure eights, concentric circles, or any other design you’d like.

If you bake frequently, the flour duster is a must-have kitchen tool. They’re inexpensive, with most models costing about $8-10 US dollars (USD). They may be a little difficult to find in a grocery store, but you’ll find many models to choose from in kitchen or baker’s supply stores, stores that sell cake-decorating equipment, and also many Internet stores. You may see these sold as flour wands rather than flour dusters in some locations.

To use the flour duster, you simply dredge the duster in the ingredient you wish to apply to your unbaked or baked good. It works best with finely powdered ingredients, but will work okay with granulated sugar or some coarsely ground grains like cornmeal. For instance if you’re adding cornmeal to the bottom of a pizza dough prior to baking, dredge the duster in cornmeal, and then roll over the bottom of the crust to get an even distribution of grains. You can use the flour wand after things have been baked to add cinnamon, cinnamon sugar, cocoa, or powdered sugar to baked goods, and if you roll these on carefully, you can make decorative patterns.

An alternative the flour duster is the mini-sifter. This looks like your standard tin or aluminum sifter but comes in a much smaller size. This may also be a great way to even disperse ground grains, spices or sugar onto dough or baked goods. You won’t be able to use it to make patterns, but it remains a good all-around tool for the kitchen.

You also may note when searching on the Internet, many industrial sized flour dusters. These are used in the baking industry in a variety of applications. They tend to be expensive, extremely large and impractical for home use unless you’re running a bakery from home. For commercial bakers, a large flour duster automates the process of adding flour to dough, reducing total time it takes to prepare many different baked goods.

WiseGeek is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.
Tricia Christensen
By Tricia Christensen
With a Literature degree from Sonoma State University and years of experience as a WiseGeek contributor, Tricia Christensen is based in Northern California and brings a wealth of knowledge and passion to her writing. Her wide-ranging interests include reading, writing, medicine, art, film, history, politics, ethics, and religion, all of which she incorporates into her informative articles. Tricia is currently working on her first novel.
Discussion Comments
Tricia Christensen
Tricia Christensen
With a Literature degree from Sonoma State University and years of experience as a WiseGeek contributor, Tricia...
Learn more
WiseGeek, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

WiseGeek, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.