I feel like certain skills that were once common place are really daunting in today’s modern society. Things like, knitting, cooking a whole chicken or turkey, and bread baking all come to mind. Luckily for me, my Momma made homemade bread on a fairly regular basis when I was a kid, and she taught me a few things about how to do it. Thanks Mom! So baking my own bread isn’t super scary to me, and I try to bake some every week. Now, there is definitely a big difference between doing it alongside your Mom, or whoever is teaching you, and doing it on your own. And I had a learning curve, but I’ve gotten the hang of it.
Even so, sourdough is daunting to me. It just seems a little more complicated and tricky. But I like to challenge myself. I decided to finally actually use one of the several sourdough starter pins I have on Pinterest, and just go for it. Besides, it’s supposedly really good for you. If you’d like to read some nitty gritty, yet light and fun, details on the health and science behind sourdough, check out this post from Weed ’em and Reap.
So I’m gonna walk you through my first sourdough starter experience! The good, the bad, and the ugly…I’m hoping it’s all good though, cross you’re fingers!
Day 1: Monday 9am. I mixed a 1/4 cup of organic unbleached all purpose flour, and 3 tablespoons of filtered water. Mixed well. Covered with cheesecloth, left it on my counter, and forgot about it all day.
Monday 9pm. I mixed in 1/2 cup of flour and 1/3 cup of water. Mix, cover, forget it.
Day 2: Tuesday 9am. Mix in 1/2 cup of flour and 1/3 cup of water. Mix, cover, forget it.
Tuesday 9pm. Repeat.
The tutorials I’ve looked at say to keep this up for 3 more days, but it’s already smelling sour and it’s bubbly….so I’d say I’m off to a good start. In a day or two the real fun begins! Actually baking with it! Wish me luck!
Have you worked with sourdough before?? Leave some of your favorite recipes in the comments!
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