Sourdough is an ancient, traditional method of baking bread using a wild yeast living in a batter of flour and liquid. To create a sourdough starter from scratch, you must cultivate it over time with careful attention and maintenance. But the rewards of doing so are worth it – you can make incredible, delicious loaves of bread with your own homemade sourdough starter. In this article, we’ll look at the history and science of sourdough starters, and provide some tips for getting the most out of yours.
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- Start by mixing together 2 cups of flour and 1 cup of water in a bowl.
- Cover the bowl with a damp cloth and let it sit at room temperature for 24 to 48 hours.
- After 24 to 48 hours, check the starter. It should have visibly expanded and have a sour smell.
- If bubbles have formed on top, it's ready to be used. If not, let it sit for another 12 to 24 hours.
- If you're not planning to use the starter immediately, cover the bowl with a lid or plastic wrap and store it in the refrigerator.
- To reactivate the starter, remove it from the refrigerator and feed it equal parts water and flour. Let it sit at room temperature for 12 to 24 hours before using.
Sourdough starters can be a bit finicky, but with a little experience, soon you won’t be able to imagine baking bread without one! With careful maintenance and regular feeding, you can keep your starter around for years, and each time you use it, you’ll be making delicious, homemade bread. Now that you know the basics of sourdough starters, you can get started on your own and start baking delicious bread with your own homemade sourdough starter!