Sourdough Starter

Sourdough bread is one of my favorites! I love it for paninis and grilled sandwiches. But I’ve always wondered what makes sourdough bread, well, sour? After some investigation, I realized that I’d need a sourdough starter. Basically how you make sourdough sour is literally souring flour and water. Sounds kinda gross but hey, gotta do what ya gotta do.

Here goes!

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You’ll need…. Wait for it….
Flour and water. That’s it.

1 cup flour
1 cup warm water
A container w a lid, glass or plastic work best. No metal.

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One cup flour into the jar.

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One cup warm water. I used warm water from the sink, nothing special here.

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Wee bit bubbly.

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Whisk that all up.

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Hey girl hey.

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Alright, now it’s time to let it sit. This takes a few days. Find a warm, sunny window or in my case since we don’t have many sunny windows, I put mine by the coffee pot.

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Leave the lid slightly ajar. Let it sit for 24 hours.

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24 hours later…. Fermentation.

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Now, over the next 3-5 days you will repeat the steps I’m about to show you.

Throw out half of the mixture. Then add half a cup of flour.

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And add half a cup of warm water.

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Whisk all together again.

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Now, leave the lid ajar and place back in your warm spot and let sit. Repeat this every 24hrs for 3-5 days.The mixture will start to ferment and get a “sour” smell. This is what we want! Hence sourdough bread.

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If your mixture gets this yellowish stuff ontop, that’s ok just mix it back in. It’s called the “hooch” funny name, I know.

Continue feeding your mixture. You can move this into the fridge were it can live for a long time. Just remember to feed it once a week. Feeding it means throwing half of it out and adding half a cup of flour and warm water each. Mix and let sit.

That’s it folks! I will let y’all get started on these and post the bread recipe for sourdough in a few days!

Let me know how things are going!!