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Sourdough Starter Recipe

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Contributor:  
Contributor:  
Randy Brengle
Added: Monday, September 4, 2006

Category:
Category:

Ingredients:  
Ingredients:  
3 c. warm water (110 F)
1 1/2 T. active dry yeast
1 tsp sugar
3 c. all-purpose flour

Directions:
Directions:
In a large bowl, combine the water, yeast, and sugar. Let sit until the yeast becomes foamy, about 5 minutes. (If the yeast does not foam, discard the mixture and begin again with new yeast.) Add the flour and stir vigorously to work air into the mixture. Cover with a towel let rest in a warm, draft-free place (an oven with its pilot light or light bulb turned on works well) for 8 to 12 hours. (The mixture should become very bubbly.) Use immediately or cover loosely with plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator.
Preserving the Starter: Each time you remove a portion of the starter for a recipe, reserve at least 1/4 c. and replace the amount you have taken out with equal amounts of flour and water.
For example, if you remove 1 c. of starter, you must replace it with 1 c. of flour and 1 c. of warm water. Whisk these ingredients into the starter until blended but not completely smooth, cover loosely, and return to the refrigerator.
Also, the starter must be maintained by feeding it every few days. Refresh by removing 1 c. of the starter (give to a friend or discard it) and adding 1 c. of flour and 1 c. of warm water. Whisk until blended but not smooth. Cover loosely and return to the refrigerator. If you plan to be away longer than a week, freeze the starter in a sterilized, airtight freezer container. Thaw the starter 2 days before you plan to bake with it. Refresh as indicated above with 1 c. each of flour and warm water. Cover and leave at room temperature 12 hours or overnight before using.
CAUTION: Never keep your starter tightly closed! The gasses expelled by the yeast will build up pressure and may cause the container (such as a glass jar) to burst!

Number Of Servings:
Number Of Servings:
Makes 5 - 6 cups
Preparation Time:
Preparation Time:
5 minutes

 

 

 

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