Saturday, January 28, 2012

Sourdough Starter

My sourdough starter is about 5 years old. Before you say "Yuck!!!” be advised that sourdough bread makers pride themselves with the age of their sourdough starter. They prefer the older the better. Sourdough really does get better with age.

Sourdough Starter Recipe

1 package dry yeast
2 cups warm water
2 cups flour

Mix ingredients in a large non-metal bowl. Pour blended ingredients into a jar with a loose fitting lid and let stand at room temperature for 36-48 hours. Afterward, starter can be stored in refrigerator until needed. When you need the starter take it out of the refrigerator and let it come to room temperature before you use it. Stir starter before using it so that ingredients are blended together.  Every time you use some of the starter, you must replenish it. For example, if you use 2 cups of starter, you must mix in 1 cup of flour and 1 cup of warm water. Then let it stand at room temperature a few hours until it bubbles. It then can be stored in the refrigerator until it is needed again.
Bubbling Sourdough Starter

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