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Rdesonia 07-06-2012 09:49 PM

Sourdough starter
My dh wants me to start making Sourdough bread. He wants to "wild catch" the yeast.

So while he is going to try to do that this weekend, I was wondering if anyone had any recommendations for starters that I could buy on-line next week? :giggle2:

qsefthuko 07-06-2012 09:58 PM

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It is just as easy to make your own as it is to order. I did order a starter because I was having trouble making my own. I think I bought it from ebay. By the time it came in I had figured out my troubles and had a good starter going. I had trouble at first because the starter got bigger and bigger then stopped growing. Although all my instructions said to feed once a day I found I needed to feed twice a day starting on day 3 or I would starve my pet yeasties. I also started pouring out about half the starter each day or I would have to increase the amount I fed my starters. I did let my starter die when working 2 jobs and pregnancy left me with no energy to even think about my starter. I have been lazy and haven't started it up again.

MrsAsh 07-06-2012 10:38 PM

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You can buy starter online? Um, my Mom has had her starter since before I was born and she is always being ask for some of it. I never thought about it being something people sold, esp online! It sounds so strange when it's something I grew up with too much of. :) She'd have to feed it and dump sometimes.

triplomom 07-07-2012 04:09 PM

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You'll find plenty on Etsy, but you can also make your own. I like this resource for both starter and bread recipes:

Nandis 07-07-2012 08:26 PM

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There was one online that they were giving away. You send them a self addressed stamped envelope and they send you a packet of dehydrated starter. It's like friends of Charlie or something like that. I got some years ago and killed it accidentally by leaving it out when we went to visit family for a month. Ok. Just googled. It's friends of Carl. The site is I'm gonna try again, too.

FarmingMama 07-13-2012 02:02 PM

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Rdesonia 07-13-2012 03:26 PM

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We made some bread yesterday with his "science experiment" as I've been jokingly calling it. It worked well and had the "sourdough" taste! It was yummy bread! It of course took much longer to rise than instant yeast like I am use to. We made the bread at night... let it rise overnight. Then beat it down in the morning. I baked it around 1pm when I got home from a doctors appt.

(*The first two days we left it outside with cheesecloth over it. It had a few bubbles. By day 3, it smelled a little yeasty. By day 4 the house smelled yeasty!
He used potato water, flour, whole grain flour, and honey to make his starter.)

So I there was no need to buy it after all!

3 ladybugs 07-13-2012 05:03 PM

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I got mine from Cultures for Health. It has been great!

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