June 24, 2021 4 min read
Congratulations, you’ve just become the proud parent of a sourdough starter!
Or, perhaps you just bought your first starter and want to make sure you’ll be a good parent to it once you bring it to life.
Whichever one it is, we have compiled a list of everything you need to know about feeding your sourdough starter. That way you can keep the little yeasty alive for days, months and even years if you’re looking for something more long-term.
Before we delve into the nitty gritty of how to feed your starter and help it grow big and strong, let’s cover the basics of where to source your starter.
Yes, you could make your own sourdough starter from scratch, but I much prefer to buy my own dried starter and activate it myself. By “activating your starter”, I simply mean adding flour and water to your starter, stirring and waiting patiently – which ironically is all there really is to feeding a sourdough starter, but I digress.
If you’re like me and just want to dive right in, then you can purchasea dried starter for as little as $15. You can also follow mystep-by-step instructions on how to activate your starter using these dried flakes, so you don’t have to trawl the depths of the internet looking for answers.
Assuming you’ve now successfully created your own sourdough starter you can move on to the fun part: keeping it healthy with regular feedings.
There are, in fact, two ways in which you can feed your sourdough, depending on how you store it:
Ultimately, how you store your starter depends on your own baking preferences – if you always want it ready to go, then opt for room temperature storage and vice versa.
Now you’ve learned everything you need to know about feeding your sourdough starter, I’ll leave you with some little loaves of wisdom from one baker to another.
If you’d like to take things to the next level and start nurturing your own sourdough starter, then check out ourComplete Sourdough Starter Kit. It’s got everything you need to get started, so buy your kit today.
Don’t forget to tag us at@youkneadsourdough on Instagram, so I can “ooo’ and “ahh” over your sourdough creations.< /p>
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