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Sourdough Starter

Sourdough Starter

Sourdough starters are available in some health food and specialty stores, but it’s easy to make your own.

There are several ways. Dissolve 1 tablespoon dry yeast and 2 tablespoons honey in 2 cups warm water in a glass, plastic, or crockery bowl. Stir in 2 cups unbleached white flour; cover with a towel and let sit in a warm place for several days, or until foamy and soured. Store in a covered jar in the refrigerator.
Warning: Use a bowl big enough to contain what may be a startling degree of expansion.

If you don’tuse our starter for a week, you’ll need to feed it. First, remove 1/2 to 1 cup of the original stater. Throw it away, give it away, or use it. Stir in a mixture of 1 cup flour, 1 cup warm liquid (milk or water), and a little sugar (optional). Let sit at room temperature for a few hours; stir and refrigerate.

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Excerpted from 500 Treasured Country Recipes, by Martha Storey

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9:18AM PST on Feb 3, 2012

Thank you

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6:18AM PST on Dec 4, 2010

Thanks for the info.

3:05PM PST on Mar 7, 2008

I have jars and jars of sourdough starter both in my fridge and on top of it. Doesn't seem to go bad even though I do not feed it. It does take a while (days) to activate it again and sometimes I even have to toss in some yeast to kick-start it. But it does produce a yummy result. If you want a great starter, try here - I have had great luck with their San Francisco starter:

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