Sourdough Starter

Welcome to the fascinating world of sourdough! There is something special about taking bubbling starter, flour, and water and creating  a crusty light loaf of bread.  Here are a few helpful tips I have gleaned on my own personal sourdough journey!Starter Pic

Sourdough starter can be made using flour and water. Many experienced bakers will tell you the best success is by getting a mature starter from a friend or online. An inexperienced baker will not know what a good starter should look or even smell like. A new starter works well for pizza, waffles, pancakes, crackers, and noodles but will not be strong enough to rise 100% whole grain bread. A mature starter will hold up in refrigeration without being feed for weeks whereas a new starter will starve much quicker and weaken by refrigeration.  Starter can be purchased from ,  Cultures for Health and I will include a small jar of starter free with the purchase of a cookbook. You can also request a jar of starter for the cost of $5.00 for shipping/packing by emailing me.

Feeding your starter: Starter that is stored at room temperature needs to be fed daily and is much better if fed twice a day. Feeding the correct ratio is extremely important. The proper ratio is 1 part starter-1 part-flour-2/3 part water. Do not use chlorinated water to feed your starter as that can weaken and kill the starter. The day before I want to make bread I will take 1/2 cup of starter and feed it 3 times, morning, lunchtime, and just before I go to bed* The reason I only use 1/2 cup is that the starter doubles every time it is fed. In a short time you will end up with gallons of starter if you are not careful. Starter that is fed properly will have a sweet yeasty smell and will rise to a peak and hold that peak for hours without deflating. Notice the thickness of the starter below–I have much better success in making bread with a thicker starter. Also,  take note of the strands of gluten.

If you have received a small jar of starter from me, this is how you will feed it. In your jar is 1 tablespoon of starter–feed it 1 tablespoon flour and 2 teaspoons water. At the next feeding you will have around 1/4 cup starter, feed it 1/4 cup flour and 3 tablespoons water. Each feeding you feed your starter with the same amount of flor as you have starter and a little less water. AS you can see, your starter multiplies rapidly. That is one of the reason I store my starter in the fridge and only feed it a day or two before I want to make bread.

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Storing your starter: Starter can be kept in the fridge until you are ready to bake with it than *feed as stated above. . I store the starter in a glass quart jar or my favorite — a  Pampered Chef Glass Measuring bowl.  Starter that is stored in the fridge may get a watery, tan liquid on top. This is called a hooch and means your starter is hungry. Pour off the hooch and feed it adding a bit more water if needed.

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You may store your starter in the fridge for weeks without feeding. To reactivate it, remove from fridge and feed it numerous times. You may notice that it falls much quicker than normal the first time you feed it. That is because it is very hungry and eating through its food rather quickly.

Your starter should not get moldy but if it does it is a sign of contamination. If it is surface mold, use a spoon to scrape of the top layer. With another clean spoon get a teaspoon of starter from the bottom of the jar that is free of mold. Place it into a clean container and continue to feed it.

Sourdough starter is actually very forgiving and not as temperamental as some folks think. Here are some of my favorite items for feeding and storing my sourdough starter.

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You will find many recipes using sourdough starter in the spiral bound 600+ page Around the Family Table Cookbook. All recipes are sugar-free and label with the correct fuel. This book is not affiliated with THM but was inspired and formulated following the THM guidelines. Books can be purchased using this link. You may also request a small jar of sourdough starter with the purchase of a cookbook. Buy It Now.

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16 thoughts on “Sourdough Starter

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  2. When you use the Pampered Chef measuring bowl…. what do you cover it with? I made a cover out of coffee filters taped together. Is there something else I can use that would be better?

    • My Pampered Chef Measuring Bowl has a lid. I let it uncovered for a few hours and then I put the lid on.

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  5. Hi Glenda, I just purchased your cookbook and would love a jar of your starter. Can’t wait to try your recipes.

  6. I’m new to THM but have had an active sourdough starter for a while now. It’s been fed using white flour. How can I use it for THM? Can I just keep it and start feeding it a whole white flour? I see that the cookbook uses rye.
    Thanks for any advice.

    • You can use white flour for your starter and it will still be on-plan. THM authors do allow for a bit of white flour in bread and I choose to use it in the starter. I would continue feeding it white BREAD flour as you will have much better success in baking. Your bread dough must be made with 100% whole grain flour to be on-plan.

  7. I have sent you messages different ways, so you probably already received my request for sourdough starter. If not, please include a sourdough starter with my cookbook order. thank you

  8. Hello, I have just ordered your cookbook and would like a starter of your sourdough. Thank you so much. Patches Ann Williams 3807 Wood St. Texarkana, Texas 75503.
    Blessings to you.

  9. Hi! I’m so excited to receive your cookbook! I just placed my order and would love your sourdough starter, too. Have a great day! Thank you!

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