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Should I sift flour before or after measuring?

From Pennie - Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

Traditionally, sifting flour is done to standardize the amount of flour in each cup. However, I find if you use a spoon to lighten the flour before you measure it, you will also end up with a standardized amount of flour. I actually sift the flour after measuring it to combine it with the other dry ingredients, but that's technically not necessary.