Can I save this Starter?

Sourdough is a fascinating world to get into and I love every minute of it. I decided to let this small container of starter in the fridge for 3 months, unfed, to show how resilient sourdough starter really is. Yesterday morning, I removed it from the fridge. This is what it looked like.

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It sure doesn’t look very alive, does it? It looks kind of gross and yucky. If I would asked my family they will politely tell me where to put it!!

You can see how high the starter had rose and how much it has fallen. The black liquid called hooch I poured off. It smelled strong and like paint thinner. If you stir the hooch into your starter you will have strong sour tasting bread. To fed this starter I have been using a mixture of 1/2 King Arthur Bread Flour and 1/2 Prairie Gold Flour. I had 1/3 cup starter so I fed it 1/3 heaping cup flour and 1/4 cup water. I gave it an extra bit of flour since I knew it was starving. See the black mark on the jar? Let’s see how high it will rise in 8 hours.

Just before I went to bed — I remembered my starter. This is what I found. The starter had more than doubled. Just look at all the bubbles! And this was just one feeding!

There was still large bubbles on the surface and throughout the starter 24 hours later. The starter has a sweet yeasty smell. Much different that the day before.

The starter has fallen slightly from the highest point it had been. It had continued to rise overnight to an inch higher than it had been when I went to bed. This is to be expected since the bacteria/yeasts are very hungry from their long fast. The starter took around 14 hours to double which is longer than a starter which had been fed more recently.

I fed the starter again and in 5 hours it had more than doubled. This starter is now ready to make bread. The reason for this post is to show you how resilient mature sourdough starter is. Do not try this with a starter that is only 3-4 weeks old. It will starve in that length of time because the bacteris is young.

A few things to remember when reviving a starter that has been stored for a few month in the fridge.

  • Pour all the dark liquid (called hooch) off of the starter.
  • Feed you starter with slightly more flour than you have starter and a bit less water. 1 part starter 1 1/4 part flour and enough water to make a thick batter.
  • Remember—the bacteria/yeast is starving and it will need food.
  • Set the fed starter in a warmer place. It may take a few hours until you see any signs of life.

The Proper Feeding Ratio!

I receive many questions about how to feed a starter. The best ratio I have found in this one. 1 part starter 1 part flour and 2/3 part water. A few examples—1/2 cup starter-1/2 cup flour and 1/3 cup water—2 cups starter, 2 cups flour and 1 2/3 cup water. The next feeding you will have at 6 cups of starter. So if you feed it the proper ratio you will have an overflowing dishpan full. Can you see how fast your starter will double? This is were the next most asked questions comes !!

How do I keep my starter manageable using that ratio?

So!! what can you do to not have a bathtub full of starter? I will keep 1/2-1 cup starter in my fridge. When I want to make bread I will remove 1/4-1/2 cup and feed it 3 times. That gives me plenty of starter for my baking. If I don’t use it all a return it to my jar in the fridge. Every so often I will empty the jar. I reserve 1/4 cup to feed and I will make pancakes, or biscuits with the unfed starter. After i have fed the 1/4 cup I will return the starter to the fridge until I ma ready to bake. Always remember to reserve at least 1/4 cup of starter in the fridge for your next baking day.

English Muffins made with discard/unfed starter and fried in my 1920’s era Griswold cast iron frying pan. Watch for this recipe coming to my blog soon!

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AMAZON PRIME DAYS

June 15 and 16 are Amazon Prime Days. Below are a few of my favorite kitchen appliances that I use almost every day. The InstaPot is a very good deal if you have been wanting to invest in one. I have the large 8 quart and I love it.

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I love my InstaPot. This is a great deal.
This Enamel Cast Iron Pot can be used to bake sourdough bread
This is a very powerful Blender which I use almost every day.
I have had my Kitchen Aid Mixer like this for 28 years and it still works great.
If you prefer the smaller Kitchenaid Mixer, this is avery good price.
I have made thousand’s of loaves of bread in my Bosch Mixer.
I love the Air Crisping Technology of the Ninja Foodie. It also is an pressure cooker, too.
I like to use this Collagen in my coffee for added protein.
I make my own Sweetener Mix using Erythritol and Stevia.
If you are looking for a powdered sweetener this one works greta.
I, also, make my own Baking Mix using Almond Flour because it is more economical.

Father’s Day!!

Father’s Day is a special time to remember the men in our lives who have helped to shape us into the people we are today. I am especially thankful for my Heavenly Father who gave me salvation, my earthly father who has given me a goodly Christian heritage, and to my husband, the father of my children who has sacrificed to move to the mission outreach where we are now living. Below I am listing a few of my favorite recipes to make for Father’s Day.

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Armadillo Eggs THM-S
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Another wedding in our family!!

I will be unable to answer questions or ship cookbooks and starter from May 29th to June 2nd. All questions/shipping will be answered/shipped Monday June 3rd. This is due to our son Wes’s wedding on June 1th. This is the second wedding for our family in the last 2 months!

Wes is standing to the far left.

We also will be having our first church service for Waymart Mennonite Fellowship, Sunday, June 2nd at the Calvary United Methodist Church, 151 Belmont St Waymart, Pa. Pray for our family as there are many changes taking place and that we will spread the Good News of Jesus wherever we are called.

Special Desserts for Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is rapidly approaching. Some of us still have our mothers with us and others have many good memories of their mother. I still have my mother but my mother-in-law has gained her heavenly reward. Here is a list of a few of my favorite desserts that I love to make for special occasions. Somehow cheesecakes still top the list of desserts I love to make.

Lemon Cheesecake Mousse
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Seafood Pasta Salad THM-S

Pasta Salads are always delightful at picnics and carry in dinners. Our family loves any type of salad and seafood, so why not combine the two! Most Seafood Pasta Salads use imitation crab meat but I have chosen to use canned shrimp and crab meat because of all the additives in imitation crab. This salad also reminds me of warm sun, sandy beaches, and ocean waves.

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