Sourdough Bread, YUM, right?! A good sourdough bread starts with a good starter. I have had my sourdough starters (this traditional Sourdough Starter, and Sweet Sourdough Starter) going for many years. The biggest reason people don’t make sourdough starter is because they feel it’s too much work to keep going. However, sourdough starter is actually pretty easy to keep going, and very forgiving if you forget about it. There are ways to “bring it back to life” so to speak. Here is my basic traditional sourdough starter to get you going.
This starter takes about 6 or 7 days to ferment before you can use it. So make sure you plan ahead. Once you get it to this first stage, it will just continue to ferment and become more flavorful as time goes on. I have heard of some sourdough starters lasting hundreds of years, and passed down from generation to generation.
- If you aren’t going to be using your sourdough starter for awhile, put it in the refrigerator. It will go “dormant”. It may even separate. When you want to start using it again, pull it out of the fridge, stir it, dump half of it out, and feed it like a normal feeding (scant 1 cup flour and 1/2 cup water). Stir it and leave it on the counter. Repeat this same process for a few days and your starter should be ready to use in about 3 days. If it doesn’t start to bubble up after a day, add about 1/4 teaspoon active dry yeast to kick start the starter.
- If you are concerned about discarding after you start using your starter, you can use the “discard” for pancakes and waffles. But this won’t be until AFTER you start using your starter, after the first week of fermentation.
- Use a scale to weigh out your starter, it will be more accurate. You can get an inexpensive scale on Amazon, it’s well worth it. I use my scale to weigh out food items often.
- Store your starter on the counter when you are using it in a crock or glass jar. I use a clear glass storage jar from Amazon with the rubber seal removed from the lid so it can breathe. If you’re not using it, store it in the refrigerator, and feed once a week.
And make sure to check out my link on how to make Sourdough Bread.
If you want to have sweet sourdough breads such as sweet sourdough rolls, pancakes, waffles, Amish friendship bread, sourdough banana bread, and more, check out my Sweet Sourdough Recipe.
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