Try It Tuesday : Sourdough

I am the only one that seems to think summer is flying by waaaay to fast?! I can’t believe it’s almost August! My garden is finally starting to produce some yummy goods after a cool start. And I mean cool! I think yesterday it finally got up to 83 and that was the hottest day we’ve had all July! So it’s been slow going, but the Lord has truly blessed us with what has been growing. Another couple of weeks and we’ll start in full harvest mode!

So this past week I’ve been trying to make my own sourdough bread. And I’ve actually tried this twice over the last year and both times before it got moldy. Cause I forgot about it while I was trying to make the starter. So this time I set it out on our island so I’d see it, plus I wrote down in my planner I check each day, to remember to feed it! And this time it actually worked!

Imagine that.

Something actually works when you remember!

And it’s so easy too. All you do is take a 1:1 ratio of water and flour (whole wheat, spelt or rye) (and rye is supposed to be the best, but I just used spelt) and place it in a very clean jar. Each day for 7 days you add in the same amount and stir. I only did 1/4 cup flour and 1/4 cup water each day because I didn’t want to waste flour if for some reason it didn’t work. After that you can place it in the fridge and just feed it once a week.

Now I did try and make a loaf of bread. And I wasn’t quite happy with it. For one, cause the recipe I tried added in extra yeast and I’m trying to get away from that. Second, because half the flour was added after the overnight soak and I’m trying to soak all of it for the health benefits.

And you might be wondering why I even tried the recipe if it had 2 things in it I didn’t want. Well….I didn’t read it all the way through before I started making it. Oops.

So I’m going to try a different recipe next week (I’m way to busy this week what with my sister’s wedding and the fact that I’m getting 20 pounds or cherries, 20 lbs of blueberries, and half a bushel of peaches from a co-op tomorrow!) and I’d love to know if you have a great recipe for using sourdough! Otherwise, I’ll do some more searching and give it a go sometime soon!

(my starter sitting out today after being ‘fed’)

Did you try something this week? Leave the link to your post in the comments and I’ll update this post! (I’m not liking the ‘original linkys’ much. I’d rather you see the links on my blog than open a new page with the links. Yea, I’m fussy like that.)

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Donielle is an amateur herbalist and natural momma to two littles (with another babe in heaven) after dealing with being less than fertile. She has a passion for nourishing nutrition, natural living, and spreading the word on how food truly affects our health.

Comments

  1. VanderbiltWife says:

    Heavenly Homemakers did a whole series on how to start sourdough and I know she makes tons of stuff with it. I would check out her site out!

  2. Kitchen Stewardship says:

    I always see sourdough recipes where you have to throw out a part every time you feed it, which drives me nuts. This is great! Maybe I can try this method…no throwing out, right?

    My Try it Tuesday is at http://www.kitchenstewardship.com/2009/07/27/monday-mission-try-something-new/

  3. Anonymous says:

    it good to get a older starter. mine is 1 year and get better and better

  4. I know this is an older post of yours, but wanted to comment that I do sourdough bread quite often now. I use rye for my starter, and add whole wheat when I mix my bread. It's important to transfer your starter to a CLEAN bowl before each feeding. cover the top w/ a thin towel & rubber band. for more "natural yeast" keep a few windows open, which I just recently learned from experience. My bread has turned out lovely the last few batches — and so healthy!! My husband is kind if picky with things and even approves of this bread. Lots of butter and raw honey — oh so tasty! I follow the recipe in the "Nourishing Traditions" recipe book by Sally Fallon.

  5. Thanks Tracy, I forgot about Sally's recipe!