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Thursday, June 16, 2011

I'm Trying My Hand At Starting Sourdough!

A friend of mine over at Cultured Mama posted yesterday how to make a sourdough starter. I told her I was surprised (and maybe a little confused) at how SIMPLE it is to make your own sourdough. It's simply a mixture of (warm) water and flour! The process is long (seems about 3 days) to begin, BUT it's not labor intensive at all! It's just a matter of waiting (I guess if you have issues with patience, this may be hard. Sit down, say a prayer for some patience and jump in!). Anyways, I started my sourdough starter today! I will post pictures as I go, so you can see what to expect! Right now I did 1/4 cup nice warm water, and 3 coffee scoop scoops of flour. It's about 6 tablespoons. Cultured Mama has an article on her page that is a bit more in depth with the recipe. Tomorrow I will see if there are any bubbles. If not I wait a little longer and if still no bubbles, chuck it and start again. If there are bubbles I add another 1/4 cup of water and another 3 scoops of flour. By the way I'm using all purpose, because it's what I had on hand. So you can see my picture of what my sourdough starter looks like about 15 minutes after I mixed it and I am letting it sit on my windowsill until tomorrow morning!


  1. FYI, the windowsill is probably not a good place for it. You want warm, but dark. Sunlight is a natural antiseptic, so it kills all wee beasties, whether they are good or bad! :-)

    All ferments love warm dark places.

    Good luck with your new kitchen pet!! :-)

  2. Thanks for linking up at Unwasted Homemaking! This seems like an easy recipe, hope it turns out well:)!

  3. I've always wanted to try this ever since I read the Laura Ingalls book about Ma and her starter. Great post, thanks

  4. my dad loved sour dough and I can remember my mom making sour dough and sour dough starter for him all the time