Sourdough Starter Recipe For Baking Bread On The Homestead | Homesteading (2024)

Sourdough starter recipes are perfect for anyone interested in baking their own bread on the homestead. This tutorial showsyou how to get started making your own.Not all of us are lucky enough to have the best sourdough starter passed down to us from our grandmas. If you're feeling a bit adventurous you can actually make (or grow) your own sourdough starterwith this recipe!

Beginner'sSourdough Starter Recipe

What is a Sourdough Starter?

A sourdough starter is made from two simple ingredients — flour and water. It attracts wild yeast which lives everywhere in the environment. In a way, sourdough starter is how we cultivate the wild yeast in a form which can be useful for baking. This culture of microorganisms is what will leaven your bread and make it taste so darn good!

Making your own sourdough starter may take up a little time, but you'll surely enjoy the process. Have kids in the house? Do this little project with them and cultivate their scientific minds while cultivating your food.

Making a sourdough starter involvesmixing flour and water together, then leaving it alonefor a little while. However, if you want the feisty critters tomake your bread rise, it can be more extensive. Growing asourdough starter takes about 5 days on average, andit can take longer depending on the conditions of the environment. We have compiled a simple step-by-step guideto makingyour own starter and what to expect on a daily basis. You can find the original article here.

Make Your Own Sourdough Starter!

What you'll need:

Day 1: Make the Initial Starter


Weigh4 ounces or 3/4 cup + 2 tablespoons of flour andcombine with4 ounces of water.Stir vigorously until combined into asticky, thickbatter. Cover the container with plastic wrap, and leave it on your kitchen counter or somewhere with a consistent room temperature of 70°F to 75°F. Do not refrigerate.

Day 2: Stir theParty in Your Bottle

Afterthe first 24 hours, you will alreadyfind afewtiny bubbles. This means that the yeast has already started a party in your jar! Stir the bottleevery once in a while to attract more yeast and to ‘move' the little critters towards their food. After all, yeasts don't run around the jar. They're floating and eating whatever is nearby so a little stirring here and there is just as important as feeding the sourdough starter. By the end of the day, you'll find more bubbles in your jar.

Day 3: Feed the Starter

Take a good look at your starter. You may find that more bubbles have started to appear and that's agood thing! This means that the yeast has also started making themselves at home in your starter. It's now time to feed the starter with more flour and water! Measure another4 ounces of flour and 4 ounces of water, stir vigorously until combined into a smooth batter.

Day 4: More Feeding and More Stirring

By now,your starter should look extremely bubbly and the volume should have doubled. Also, the aroma should be noticeably sour. Feed your starter with the same amount of flour and water. Stir vigorously or whisk if you prefer.Stirring will makeit easier for the yeast to get oxygen, an important factor if you want your yeast culture to reproduce.

Day 5:Time for Your First Harvest

Give your starter a good, long look. Before harvesting, make sure that your starter is already ‘ripe.' One way you can find this out istofill a glass with water and drop a teaspoon of starter into the glass. If it floats, it’s ready to use. If it sinks, don't despair. Give it an additional day andmorefeeding.

Day 6 and beyond: Maintain Your Starter

If you'll be using your starter often, discard half of it and keep feeding it with the same amount of flour and water daily.But if it will be a while before you use the starter again,cover your container tightly and place it in the fridge. Take it out of the fridge and feed it at least once a week to keep your starter going.

Watch this video by Allrecipes for another helpful guide in making a sourdough starter:

Growing and making your own fooddefinitely makes iteasier and tastier!Now that you have yourstarter ready, you can now use it in your bread recipes. Watch out for our delicious sourdough recipes!

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on March 19, 2017, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.

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