How to Care for Your Sourdough Starter

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Now that you’ve learned how to start a sourdough starter, the next step is to learn how to properly care for it.  When properly cared for, a sourdough starter will last you a lifetime!  As long as you take good care of your starter and don’t leave it on a high shelf on your wobbly pantry shelf...ahem…you should be set! If you have already successfully started your sourdough starter, then you will have no problem caring for your sourdough starter.  You will continue feeding it in the exact same way that you did when you were making the starter.  The only difference is … [Read more...]

Whole Wheat Sourdough Pancakes

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Light, fluffy whole-wheat sourdough pancakes. It doesn’t get much better than this!  We love having special pancake breakfasts on the weekend, and these are the pancakes that we usually serve.  This is another great way to use up your “throw-away” sourdough starter.  Note that this recipe calls for 2 cups of starter, so the night before you want to make pancakes, make sure you build up your sourdough with a larger feeding. Whole Wheat Sourdough Pancakes adapted from the recipe in Alaska Sourdough Yield: 10 - 5” pancakes Ingredients: 2 cups sourdough starter … [Read more...]

Whole Wheat Sourdough Biscuits

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These are some of our favorite homemade biscuits.  The sourdough gives them such a nice flavor, and they have such a soft, wonderful texture.  If you have followed my instructions for making a sourdough starter over the last couple of weeks, then you should have a happy, healthy sourdough starter that is all ready to use!  As long as your starter has doubled in size for at least three feedings in a row, and it smells pleasantly sour (rather than unpleasantly sour!) you are all ready to use it for the first time!  This is a great, easy recipe to get started with.  … [Read more...]

Sourdough Starter: Days 2-7

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Well, I was very pleased when I walked into the kitchen and got out my sourdough starter this morning!  There was already quite a bit of activity going on in my little jar of flour and water.  There were LOTS of bubble and it had grown significantly! If your sourdough is showing this much activity after 24 hours, yay!  But if it’s not, don’t be discouraged!  The first time I made a starter with store-bought whole wheat, I did NOT have that much activity after one day.  But I was still able to grow a wonderful starter that I used and enjoyed for over a year (before it … [Read more...]

Sourdough Starter: Day 1

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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 … [Read more...]

My New Grain Mill! (and My Ruined Sourdough!)

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As I mentioned on my menu plan this week, I have a brand new toy in my kitchen that I have wanted for a LONG time – a grain mill!  I am so thankful and excited that I can barely stand it!  I have known of the benefits of grinding your own grains for several years now, but the upfront cost of a grain mill was just never in our budget. To tell you the truth, our new grain mill still was not in our budget, but we ended up only having to pay $20 for this gem! Yes. Only $20. We had accumulated enough points to pay the remaining $200+.  Like I said, I am so thankful and grateful … [Read more...]