Although it is useful for sprinkling cocoa, cinnamon, icing sugar, etc., where this shaker earns its keep is in dusting flour. The fine mesh screen lets you evenly sprinkle flour when working pastry, avoiding the stiff, tough dough that results from excessive flour use in the rolling process. The included plastic cap is particularly useful since it prevents moisture absorption when storing product in this one-cup shaker between uses.
It is helpful to have two shakers, one dedicated to flour and one for everything else, because you quickly learn that the flour shaker does much more than streamline your pastry and dough working activities. It is also a standout in flouring greased cake pans, in dredging meats, fish, and vegetables, and in adding flour to sauces and gravy without creating lumps. It makes cooking easier in many ways.