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How to Make and Maintain a Sourdough Starter from Scratch

Learn how to make and maintain a sourdough starter from scratch so that you can make homemade bread products anytime you desire! A sourdough starter is as simple as mixing flour and water!
Prep Time 7 d

Equipment

  • glass bowl
  • wooden spoon
  • tea towel

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup flour
  • 3/4-1 cup filtered water

Instructions
 

  • Day 1: Add 1 cup of flour and ¾-1 cup of filtered water to a glass bowl. Stir with a wooden spoon. Cover with a tea towel and let sit on your countertop for approx 24 hours.
  • Day 2: Discard half of the starter mixture. Add 1 cup of flour and ¾-1 cup of filtered water. Stir with a wooden spoon. Cover with a tea towel and let sit on your countertop for approx 24 hours.
  • Day 3: Discard half of the starter and again add 1 cup of flour and ¾-1 cup of filtered water. Stir with a wooden spoon. Cover with a tea towel and let sit on your countertop for approx 24 hours.
  • Day 4: Discard half of the starter and add 1 cup of flour and ¾-1 cup of filtered water. Stir with a wooden spoon, cover with towel and allow to ferment on counter. This is the day you will begin begin feeding it twice a day, or approx every 12 hours.
  • Day 5: Same as Day 4. Discard half of the starter and add 1 cup of flour and ¾-1 cup of filtered water. Stir with a wooden spoon, cover with towel and allow to ferment on counter for about 12 hours. Repeat this process again in the evening, or 12 hours later.
  • Day 6: Same as Day 5. Discard half of the starter and add 1 cup of flour and ¾-1 cup of filtered water. Stir with a wooden spoon, cover with towel and allow to ferment on counter for about 12 hours. Repeat this process again in the evening, or 12 hours later.
  • Day 7: Same as Day 6. Discard half of the starter and add 1 cup of flour and ¾-1 cup of filtered water. Stir with a wooden spoon, cover with towel and allow to ferment on counter for about 12 hours. Repeat this process again in the evening, or 12 hours later.
  • Refrigerator storage: It will need to be fed every 1-2 weeks or each time you are using it. The cold temp in the fridge will slow the feeding way down. It can go a long time in the fridge without food.
  • Countertop storage:You will need to feed it every day. You will also need to be baking with it daily to use up that much starter.

Notes

How to Make and Maintain a Sourdough Starter from Scratch