How I Do Sourdough

I now love my sourdough.
It did not start out that way.
Our relationship was a little shaky in the beginning.
I even compared it to taking care of a new pet in this past post.

I decided to take one step at a time.
Work with the starter until I liked the consistency.
Then came the some great tasting pancakes. 
Next I conquered the best biscuits.
And now I can say I really know sourdough after successfully baking bread.
Today I’ll talk about the starter and later share my experiences making pancakes, biscuits, and bread.

My Starter Supplies:
Parisian Sourdough Starter – I received this as a gift. You can make a sourdough starter without this  packaged starter which is in a powdered form. This just provided better odds for my starter to be successful. 
King Arthur Flour (unbleached bread) – You need a good flour and King Arthur is a good brand that I chose to begin my sourdough adventure.
Filtered Water – do not use tap water because of chlorine. I filter my water at home and then store it in jars at room temperature for easy access.
Jar – You will need at least a quart sized jar with a wide mouth. I switched to a larger jar after the starter began growing. You need a towel or cloth napkin to cover the jar. The starter needs air so do not screw a lid on top.

On another note…for the starter to be successful, the room temperature should not be too cold or too hot…it’s recommended to be within the 70 to 85 F degree range. The idea here is to create the right environment for the culture to grow.

My Initial Routine:
Day 1 – Morning: In jar, mix 1/4 cup water, Parisian sourdough starter, & 1/4 cup flour, cover
Evening (about 12 hours later): Add 1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup flour, mix & cover
Day 2 – Morning: Discard all but 1/2 cup, add 1/2 cup water, add less than 1 cup flour, mix and cover
Evening: Do the same
Day 3 – Morning: (here is where it started to bubble nicely for me) Discard all but 1/2 cup (I started making pancakes with the discard since it was showing life with the bubbles), add 1/2 cup water, add less than 1 cup flour, mix and cover
Evening: Do the same (this is where I forgot to feed it and it continued to do fine)
Day 4 – The sourdough was really growing and bubbling quite nicely. Had a life all its own which is what you want.
This routine of discarding and feeding with flour and water needs to continue for a least a week so your starter is nice and strong. It was about day 5 or 6 that I determined my starter was way too thick. It had become a healthy blob and I wanted it to be a little more manageable so I started feeding it less flour and finally equaled out the water and flour ratio to be equal amounts when I do feedings.

What is nice that it is a lot of effort in the beginning, but now I can let it rest in the refrigerator and not touch it for a week. I am now pulling it out about once a week to feed it and bake/cook with it. When in the fridge, I screw on a lid as it is resting.

I’ll share my experience with pancakes, biscuits, and bread for another time.
I must admit that I am now addicted to sourdough.
It has been a good experience to get back to the basics in my kitchen.

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11 thoughts on “How I Do Sourdough

  1. I love coming over to The Old Time Farm House .. One of my faves… I love your place , your posts , your blog and your spirit .. Thanks for being such a sweet blogging sister.. I will be trying this !!! HUGS , Sherry @ The Rusty Pearl

  2. Thank you so much for sharing. I have wanted to try this but was a little apprehensive. We love sourdough bread, my husband is diabetic and that is one bread he can have.
    Pam
    scrap-n-sewgranny.blogspot.com

  3. So neat! I've always wondered how to work with a sourdough starter. My cousin said next time she sees me she is going to give me a starter, so I'll be referring back to this post again I'm sure! I love sourdough and can't wait to hear how you use your dough.

  4. I've never done this but have had friends who swear by it. Their bread smells and tastes wonderful! I'll have to copy of these instructions and maybe try it soon–now that you've worked it all out for us! lol
    Hugs,
    Dru

  5. My dearest Cindy,

    apologize for being late, I wasn't feeling good lately. just laying on bed. Oh my you have agreat activities at your farm. love to visit your farm and enjoy all the activities ;).
    taste your sweet pancake;)
    my lil' girl for sure loves your pancake, she loves sweets alot;)
    have a great week dearest Cindy
    love

  6. Hi Cindy,
    What a wonderful post. I have not done this, but I know others who have. It is process for sure, but so worth it in the end.
    You have given inspiration to try this.
    Thank you for sharing.
    hugs, Celestina Marie

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