Sourdough Starters for Beginners

The purpose of this blog is to give you a quick down & dirty about Sourdough. Once you have a better understanding of sourdough, it will be easier for you to cook with and learn more!

  • A Sourdough Starter is the name for the beginning of of a sourdough recipe. It is a fermented flour and water mixture.
  • Sourdough starters are like pets. You have to feed and water them daily (or store them in the fridge and feed them weekly- more on this soon!)
  • Sourdough starters are fed equal parts water and flour daily (such a 1/4c flour and 1/4 c water)
  • For its first week, transfer it to a clean bowl every day or so. Then after its established, you can change the bowl weekly.
  • Don’t cover with a tight lid, the sourdough needs some room to breath. Cover it with a light cotton towel or paper towel- store it on the kitchen counter
  • Stir it at least once a day- when you feed it. Stirring it twice a day is good but not completely necessary
  • Many people use white flour for sourdough starters, this does make a fluffy loaf of bread, but it is not a Trim Healthy Mama on-plan ingredient. Wheat, Rye and Spelt are healthy options.
  • The water you use for your sourdough starter should not be chlorinated city water- spring water, or well water is best
  • The bowl you keep your sourdough in should be glass or plastic, metal kills your natural yeast. Also, don’t stir it with a metal spoon, use a wooden or plastic spoon to stir!
  • Sourdough starters “catch” wild yeasts in the air, you do not add packaged yeast to them
  • Sourdough starters take 7-10 days to mature enough to use them. Once they smell like beer and are bubbly, you may use it! Then replenish whats left by feeding it daily until you are ready to use it again
  • If you need to take a break from your starter, put it in the fridge and slow down its growth. Feed it weekly instead. Pull it out and resume daily feedings when you are going to use it.
  • If it molds, its garbage and start over. But many starters can last for years… if you do it right!
  • If it has a black liquid on the top, its called “hooch” and its a sign that your starter may need more food. Just pour it off, and feed it. If some of it gets stirred in, thats okay, no need to be picky!
  • Start looking for recipes to use it in! Bread is just the beginning, you can make waffles, pancakes and other baked goods! Have you seen our first sourdough recipe? Its an easy bread you can make in your bread maker, or oven!
    Stay tuned for more sourdough recipes!

Published by livelovesisters

We are two sisters who grew up in the Mid-West. We have a passion for natural living and home making.

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