Tips for a successful sourdough starter

If you want to make your own sourdough bread, you’ll have to start with a good sourdough starter. There are a few ways to get your hands on starter, you can buy it online, get it form someone who already has starter or… make your own. I decided to do the latter.

It took some trial and error on my part to get my starter started, but once it was ready the upkeep is really easy.

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So here are my tips for a successful sourdough starter:

  • The warmer, the better

Like all yeast, home grown yeast needs warmth. When you’re starting your stater and feeding it make sure to keep it in a warm spot. I usually keep mine on top of the fridge, or by a window when it’s warm outside.

  • Skip the tap

All tap water is different and can affect wild yeast in different ways. Your best bet is to use filtered water.

  • Avoid metal

Starter does not like metal, it can cause reactions with your yeast. Stick to plastic, glass and wood when handling starter. I started mine in plastic bowls, but now it lives in a glass jar.

  • Keep it tight, but not air tight

Once your starter is ready to be used, you should give it a permanent home. If you choose a jar, just make sure that it is not air tight.

Add some time and patience and you’ll have a home grown sourdough starter.

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