|Genuine Sourdough Starter|
Most recipes I have found contain commercial yeast to make a sourdough starter. I love to try to do things the old fashioned way if possible so I searched until I found this method in Carla Emery's "Encyclopedia of Country Living".
Sourdough is simply wild yeast that you've captured from the air around you.
|1) Mix one cup of flour with one cup of water. |
Set, loosely covered in a warm place.
|2) Check your starter daily. |
In one to three days it should begin to bubble.
|3) It will begin to have a sour yeast smell. |
It will also have a darker liquid separate.
Don't be alarmed - just stir it back in.
|4) Mix starter with 2 cups of warm water and 2 cups flour. |
This is your "sponge",
the beginning step to making your sourdough bread.
|5) Loosely cover and |
let sit in a warm place until bubbly.
|6) Save one cup starter for your next batch of bread.|
|7) Cap starter loosely. I poke holes in a mason jar lid for ventilation. Store in a cool location.|
See Sourdough Bread Recipe for instructions to make sourdough bread.
Hope this helps!