01 Mar Sourdough Starter
Want to make your own delicious sourdough?
First, we need a starter! It’s super easy, just don’t over think it! Let’s do this 🙂
What you need:
- High grade flour
- Luke warm water
- A large glass jar or bowl (I use a 1litre glass jar)
- Kitchen scales
- A fork
- A pen and paper or permanent marker
- Cling wrap or a wet kitchen towel
- Weigh your jar and write its weight onto it or onto a piece of paper (this will help you later on)
- Put the jar onto your scales and set your scales to zero, then add 60g of flour and 60g of lukewarm water to it and use your fork to mix it together. You want to mix it until it is completely combined!
- Loosely cover with cling wrap and place your jar into a warm spot.
- Check your starter for any liquid (hooch) or brown spots. This will smell absolutely disgusting! If you see any of this, remove it. Then put your jar back into it’s warm spot and let it sit for another 24hrs.
- Remove approximately half of your starter (again remove any liquid and brown spots!), then add 60g of flour and 60g of lukewarm water. Cover loosely with cling wrap and place it back into your warm spot for 24hrs.
- Repeat the feeding process from day 3. Don’t worry about any smells or the consistency of your starter – just continue to stick to this schedule!
- Your starter might be ready and active! Feed your starter as you did the previous days and do the following to check if it is ready:
- Either mark where your starter goes up to on the jar with a permanent marker or put a string around it on that level. If your starter is active and ready, it will grow to about double its size and show bubbles throughout! This will take around 3-5hrs. Don’t worry if you are asleep during this time as you will be able to see remainders of the starter sitting on the sides of your jar the next morning. If it did double in size, it is ready to go! Feed it again and place it into your fridge until you are ready to make your bread! If it didn’t double in size, continue the feeding process until it does! Don’t worry if it takes longer as it can take up to 3 weeks for this to happen!
Stage 2: Prepping everything you need to make your first bread. Click HERE