This Sourdough Starter Recipe is all you need to make your own homemade bread using natural fermentation. Give your tummy a break from processed bread.
You will find all kinds of opinions on sourdough starter. I like to keep things simple.
I keep a small amount of starter in my refrigerator since I only bake about once a week. Starter is alive and needs to be fed. Join my Facebook Group, Natural Fermentation Real Sourdough Bread Bakers.
Whisk it all together. When you remove starter to use it or save it for discard, always feed equal amounts of Flour and water to keep a 100% Sourdough Starter. If you need a stiffer starter, you can easily adjust your starter, or you can keep a separate one.
Pour the starter into a Glass Jar with Rubber Gasket or another jar that you prefer. I like this particular style jar because when it is not locked in place, it stays open enough for my purposes
Cover the jar with a towel. I like the Kay Dee Designs Tea Towels since they are light and cute. You will want to keep the jar in a warm place, like on your washing machine, dryer or even inside your oven.
Twice a day (approximately every 12 hours) for two weeks, remove 50% of the starter and mix with 75 grams of water and all purpose flour. At this point, you can try using your Sourdough Starter in a recipe. My Country Sourdough Bread is a great place to start.
If you plan to bake daily and want to leave your Starter on the counter, feed it daily by removing half and then feeding.
If you plan to use once a week, place the Glass Jar with Rubber Gasket in the refrigerator after feeding and then take out what you need. Always feed your starter after using.
If you do not plan to bake once a week at least, you will still need to feed your starter. I keep another glass jar in my refrigerator for “discard,” which I use to make pancakes, crumpets and other goodies.
Your starter will triple in size, so make sure to use a large enough jar.
- Glass Jar with Rubber Gasket
- Baker’s Math Kitchen Scale
- King Arthur Unbleached Flour
- Rösle Stainless Steel Flat Whisk – a MUST have, probably my most used utensil
- Kay Dee Designs Tea Towels
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Here is the handy printable recipe:
- 1 glass Jar
- 75 grams All Purpose Flour
- 75 grams Fresh Water
- More All Purpose Flour and Water for feeding.