Great sourdough bread
starts with great sourdough starter. Thatís why
protect their starter like Fort Knox and since they
arenít likely to share their starter; you
wonít be getting yours from them.
There are three basic ways to obtain a starter.
First, you can obtain one from a friend.
Mine is actually from my mom and is 32 years old.
Second, you can buy a commercial
starter in either dry or wet form. Lastly, and most
fun, you can start from scratch. Itís
science in the kitchen.
A few things to remember when making and handling
1) Never use
metal bowls or utensils. Use glass, plastic or
ceramic containers and
plastic spoons for mixing.
Non-carbonated bottled water or boiled and cooled
tap water is best to use as it
3) Pink or
green liquid on the starter means discard and start
4) Be sure the
starter storage container is twice the volume of the
starter to allow for
For detailed recipes
and directions for making your own starter,
take a look at these websites:
Sourdough Starter Recipes
Potato Water Sourdough Starter Recipe
Grape Sourdough Starter Recipes
The starter can be used for so much more than just
bread. Recipes exist for everything
from biscuits to waffles. Books on sourdough starter
can be found at the library and the
internet has an incredible amount of information
making and using starters.