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How to Make Sourdough Starter

You can start making delicious Sourdough bread with this homemade Sourdough bread starter
Prep Time14 d
Total Time14 d
Cuisine: American
Cost: 10

Equipment

  • kitchen scale
  • Mason Jars with lid

Materials

  • 5 lb unbleached all-purpose flour / Rye flour/ Whole wheat atta
  • Bottled water / tap water with less chlorine

Instructions

Day 1

  • In a clean bottle add 60g flour (rye/ whole wheat/ all purpose-whole wheat mixture) (½ cup) and 90g (⅓ cup) water and loosely cover with kitchen towel or cloth and keep aside for 24 hours.

Day 2- 4

  • Stir the mixture first and then take out 55 g from your yesterday’s mixture (discard the rest) into a new bottle and add 60g flour (½ cup) and 90 (⅓ cup) water) and keep aside for 24 hours. Every time use new bottle

Day 5- Day 10

  • Now you are going to feed twice. 15 g yesterday starter mix + 20g flour+ 20g of water and after 12 hours add 20 g flour + 20 g water. Do the change of bottle only once means when you are adding the starter mix. First feeding always use new bottle

Day 11 – Day 14

  • You can start feeding thrice means 6-hour intervals, if you see good activity. 15 g yesterday starter mix + 20g flour+ 20g of water and after 6 hours add 20 g flour + 20 g water. Make sure to use larger container as you see the up and down activity.
  • When your starter is ready you should see plenty of bubbles, both large and small.
  • You can start baking bread.

Video

Notes

If you want you can do a float test, means take a teaspoon of active starter and add it to water and if it floats. But I don’t believe in it. The starter is ready means it is ready you know it.