Sourdough Starter: Day 1

Well, I have made a successful sourdough starter once before, let’s see if I can do it again!  I hope that you will give it a try also!  I promise that it is very simple and does not take a lot of time. 

I will be detailing the rest of the days throughout the week so you can see the whole process.  I’ll also give you some more information about your sourdough starter, and what’s going on inside your jar when you’re making a starter.  But for today, I will just show you what you need to do on day one.  Let’s get started!

Making a Sourdough Starter: 


As I mentioned in my post about my ruined sourdough, all you need is flour, water, a small jar or bowl, and a spoon.  I recommend using a glass jar or bowl over a plastic one.  Glass is more sanitary than plastic, and it will not leach chemicals into your sourdough.  I am using a two-cup Ball jar for my sourdough starter.

Once you gather your supplies, it’s really very simple! Sourdough Instructions

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Okay, I will explain in a little more detail for those who like details (like myself!).

  1. Add 1/2 cup of room temperature water to a glass jar.
    • To give your sourdough the best chance at success, use un-chlorinated but not distilled water. 
    • You want minerals in your water (which are taken out of distilled water.)
    • To de-chlorinate city tap water, either boil for a few minutes and then let cool, or let it set out overnight.
    • I am using our filtered (through a Brita pitcher) tap water.
  2. Add 3/4 cup of whole wheat flour to the water in the jar.
  3. Stir the flour and the water together vigorously.
    • Stirring very well and vigorously will incorporate some air into the mixture which is good!
  4. Once it’s well combined, use your spoon to scrape down to sides of the jar.
    • This will help prevent crusties from forming on your jar. Eww!
    • It also will help prevent mold from forming inside your jar. Double eww!
  5. Cover your jar with something that will still allow it to breath.
    • I just loosely cover my jar with some plastic wrap.
    • You could also use a small, clean dishcloth (or several layers of cheesecloth) secured by a rubber band.
  6. Place your jar in a warm place to rest for 24 hours.
    • Sourdough does best in a warm environment.  It’s starting to get a little chilly where we live, so I just found a warm spot in a closet in my kitchen – on top of our water heater!
    • Other good warm spots in your kitchen – on top of the refrigerator, on top of your stove, by a crockpot in use, in your (unused) oven with the pilot light on, etc. (If you choose to put it in your oven, you might want to put some sort of reminder around your preheat buttons so you don’t accidently bake your sourdough!)

That is it for day one – very easy, huh?

See Sourdough Starter Days 2-7 to see what to do after the first day.  (I promise it’s not any harder than what we did today!)

Upcoming Schedule of Sourdough Posts to Keep You Going:

  • How to Care for Your Sourdough (so you can enjoy it for many, many years to come.)
  • Plus lots of recipes for you to use and enjoy your sourdough.

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