My New Pet: Sourdough Starter

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I’ve wanted to try to make my own sourdough for a long time now, but, quite frankly, the whole “starter” issue freaked me out a little. Having a bowl of something in my kitchen that would grow only if I fed it sounded a little too Little Shop of Horrors to me, ya know?

But I tried it anyway.

There are many, many pins out there that can help. To read the article that I followed click here. It has the measurements, the times and some other interesting stuff about the starter.

While on this journey, I learned a lot: some of it was good and some of it was sticky…

This is my largest mason jar.

DSC_0331‘Cause you can’t put it in metal

or plastic.

There are specific temps

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‘Cause if it’s too hot,

you’ll kill the yeast.

Nobody wants dead yeast on their hands.

Or, really any yeast on their hands.

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I mixed the starter,

covered it loosely and went to the grocery store

for my weekly hunting and gathering trip.

When I came home,

I saw this

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Apparently, I need a larger jar.

I didn’t have one.

So, I trapped it in an old crock pot.

Ha! Try to get out of that!

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It tried.

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After the appropriate waiting time,

I fed my starter and used a cup of the

foaming mixture to make my first sourdough bread.

Tomorrow: Sourdough Bread Update

🙂 Spoiler: it’s good.

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