Sourdough Starters 101

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In this post, I will talk about two things:

  • How to feed a sourdough starter
  • Some things you can do with the discarded starter when you feed it

 

What is a sourdough starter?

A sourdough starter is a culture or leavening agent that is used in making the traditional sourdough bread. The culture is a mix of merely just flour, water, and yeast.

 

How to feed your starter

The sourdough starter is an active culture of yeast. In order to keep your starter active, you must feed it daily if kept out on counter and once weekly if kept in the fridge.

When you receive a starter, I would recommend transferring the culture into a 2-quart size jar. 

Starters can be stored in the refrigerator.

Take out your starter from the fridge to feed 12-24 hours before using it. 

  • Discard 2/3’s of the starter
  • Feed with equal parts of flour and water (1/3 water & 1/3 organic flower)

 

What can you make with your discarded starter?

Here are some ideas for some tasty creations using your discarded sourdough starter.

Sourdough Pancakes

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Transport 1/2 - 2/3 cup of starter into a bowl, mix with a tablespoon of honey, and a pinch of salt. Add coconut oil or butter into a pan. Transfer mix into pan and cook just as you would a typical pancake. Add toppings of your liking.

 

Sourdough Flatbread

Sourdough Flatbread

Preheat oven with pan or stone to 500 degrees.

Add a cup of starter, 1/4 -1/2 cup of all purpose flower depending on wetness of dough, and a teaspoon of salt to a mixing bowl. Mix well for about 5 minutes. Be sure to grab and fold when mixing. You want dough to be moist and a bit sticky to the touch. After mixing, coat a surface with flour and transfer dough to the floured surface. Coat entire surface of dough with flour. Stretch out dough into desired shape. Add olive oil and/or herbs before placing in the oven. Bake 12-15 minutes.

 

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