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Sourdough Starter-Along: Day 8 - Getting Close!

How are your starters? Mine is really getting active. Lots of bubbles, close together, and they come back quickly when I stir the mixture down. It also is starting to feel different when I stir. Before, it felt like stirring a cake batter, but now it feels frothy. Today, we'll add the usual ounce of flour and ounce of water and stir it occasionally. More

Sourdough Starter-Along: Day 7 - Feed And Wait

Just like the previous few days, today we're going to add another ounce each of flour and water. Bubble activity is definitely increasing. One thing to look for is how fast the bubbles come back after stirring. It's one thing to see bubbles first thing in the morning, but it's not ready to bake until it's a little more lively. More

Soudough Starter-Along: Day 6 - Keep Stirring and Feeding!

You've got the hang of this. Today, do it again: feed your starter 1 ounce each of flour and water, and give it a stir when you think of it. Bubbles are looking good! Not all starters are the same, so if you aren't seeing the same bubbling I am, don't worry too much about it. I've seen starters that have a slow start, but suddenly burst into action rapidly and vigorously. That's part of the charm of sourdoughs—they're quirky. More

Sourdough Starter-Along: Day 5 - Keep Feeding and Stirring!

From now on, it's all about feeding once a day and stirring whenever you think about it. Unlike some recipes that require each feeding to double the existing amount of starter, I feed the same amount each day. Just add one ounce each of flour and water. We won't try to double it until we're getting ready to bake with the starter. More

Sourdough Starter-Along: Day 1 - A Half-Ounce Flour and an Ounce of Water

My goal with this project was to come up with a method for getting a sourdough starter going that would be easy for anyone. I also didn't want to end up with an excess of starter that would have to be thrown away. So I started with a very small amount. I find that starters seem to work better if they're very wet at the beginning, so I started with 1/2 ounce of flour and 1 ounce of water. That's all. More

Sourdough Starter-Along: Day Zero

A sourdough starter is a simple concept—let some flour and water hang around for a while, and almost magically, the correct combination of yeast and bacteria will take up residence. Over the next many days, I'll be posting daily updates on a new sourdough starter that I've got growing. Today is Day Zero, i.e., your materials list. Read this, gather your supplies (most of which you probably already have), and then come back tomorrow! More

And I Shall Call It 'Cavanagh'

I just started what I hope will be a sourdough starter using the pineapple juice method on The Fresh Loaf. What you see above is 2 tablespoons of whole-grain rye flour mixed with 2 tablespoons of unsweetened pineapple juice. It seems there's a tradition of people naming their starters, so I'm calling this one "Cavanagh," in honor of you know who, who is an advocate both for sourdough pizza and rye. I started this batch on Saturday evening and mixed in 2 more tablespoons each of rye flour and pineapple juice on Sunday night. I'm eager to get home... More

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