Sourdough Starter Tips
What is the best flour for a sourdough starter?
Bread flour is best for sourdough starters, but all-purpose flour can also be used. Learn more about the different types of flour and when to use them
What is the best container to keep sourdough starter in?
Select a jar or ceramic container that’s at least 4 quarts, which will give the starter lots of room to grow. A container with a lid can be helpful, too. Once your starter has been going for awhile, you can keep it in a smaller jar in the fridge.
Does sourdough starter go bad?
Sourdough starter can go bad if neglected. Make sure to keep on top of the feeding and discarding. The starter may darken, but if it turns another color or develops an offensive odor or mold, discard it and whip up a new one.
What happens if you don't feed your sourdough starter?
Forgetting to feed your sourdough starter for long enough periods will kill the yeast and organisms you’ve worked hard to cultivate. After all, making sourdough is quite different than your traditional yeast bread making
. If you’ve only missed one feeding, you may be able to bring it back with some feeding and careful watching.
Do you stir sourdough starter before using?
To use and replenish your sourdough starter, stir to blend in any liquid. Remove the amount of starter needed and bring to room temperature. For each ½ cup starter removed, add ½ cup flour and ½ cup warm water to the remaining starter and stir until smooth. Cover loosely and let stand in a warm place for 1-2 days or until light and bubbly. Stir; cover tightly and refrigerate. Follow this step-by-step sourdough starter guide
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