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Monday, December 10, 2012

Sourdough Starter # 2: How To

Sourdough Starter # 2: How To

Hi everybody :)

Well, this is starter # 2, this recipe is very similar to the Herman Sourdough starter but does  not include sugar, salt, or milk in the starter mixture. It's adapted from The Taste of Home Baking Book  and take only 2 days to ferment whereas the Herman starter take 3 days.

Sourdough Starter                                                                Starter Food (see key steps)

PREP: 10 min. + standing YIELD: about 3 cups                    1 part water
1 package (4 ounce) active dry yeast                                       1 part flour
2 cups warm water(110°to 115°)
2 cups all- purpose flour                                                           

In a large mixing bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water;  let stand for 5 minutes. 

 Add flour; stir until smooth. 
Cover loosely with a clean towel. Let stand in a warm place (80°- 90°) to for 48 hours; stir several times daily (the mixture will become bubbly and rise, have a yeasty sour aroma and a transparent yellow liquid will form on the top).
Use starter for your favorite sourdough recipes. Refer to the key steps in maintaining your starter.

Making a starter is pretty basic and simple. The main key steps are: 

Key Steps for a Successful Starter
1.  Prepare your starter in a sterilized non-metal container.  Starters contain acid that can react with metal. Use a large sterilized container made of glass, ceramic or plastic, because starter increase in volume and a small container will overflow.

 2.  To use, bring starter  to room temperature (80° to 90°) (2 -12  hours); this could take hours so plan ahead. After using, replenish, feed, or nourish the starter by using equal amounts of starter food to restore the volume (in this case use equal parts of water and flour) (For example, if 1/2 cup starter was removed for a recipe, combine 1/2 cup all-purpose flour and 1/2 cup warm water. Stir into starter.) Let starter stand in a warm place (80° to 90°) until light and bubbly, stir starter cover and refrigerate. (This could take hours also.)

3.  Store starter in refrigerator. If starter is not use in 2 weeks, it need to be feed to keep active, To nourish, remove half of the starter and share with a friend or discard. Move remaining starter to a large bowl, add equal parts water and flour and repeat the latter part of step #2
4.  If used and replenished or nourished at least once every 2 weeks, the starter should remain active indefinitely.

5. Starter should have a yeasty sour smell. Discard a starter if it develops an offensive odor, changes color or becomes slimy or Stringy, which means it's spoiled. Sterilize the storage container before using it for a new batch of starter.

I will be sharing what I made with this starter recipe soon, so stay tune :)

Feeding the starter


 Starter after feeding

What I think:
Although this experience was a bit tiresome with the days and hours of waiting, the results was well worth it. "NO PAIN, NO GLORY!"

ENJOY! Come...

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