Making A Sourdough Starter

For a while now I've seen everyone making their own sourdough starter and I've wanted to give it a go! I thought I would share my method and what worked and any problems I had.
It sure is a labour of love but so worth it and once its made you can keep it for months and even years! 

All you will need is a large glass jar, water and flour.
To Start
This is when I first started my starter. 
I started with 1 cup water and 1 cup flour and mixed it together in a jar and left the lid open overnight in a warm kitchen.
By adding a small mark on the jar you are able to see if your starter rises. 

Daily (Feeding)
Everyday you will need to feed your starter. 
This means you will need to 
1. Take out 1 cup of starter and place to one side.
2. Throw away the rest and wash your jar.
3. Add you 1 cup back into the jar.
4. Add 1 cup of water and 1 cup of flour and stir together.
5. Place back in the kitchen in a warm spot. 

You will need to do this everyday! You will start to see your starter change daily as the bacteria starts to grow. 
Hungry Starter
When your starter demands to be fed it will have a layer of liquid on the surface which may also have a nasty smell. 
You will need to simply stir your starter back together and feed it.
If your starter is getting hungry regular you may be placing it in a spot thats slightly too warm so it may need a new home and you could also try feeding it twice a day so it doesn't get hungry.
Your starter will change a lot and start to show air bubbles which you want. 
Above is my starter after a few days of regular feeding. It has started to thicken and gain some little bubbles.
Ready To Use
When you have been feeding your starter daily for about 10 days it should start to look like this and be ready to use. 
To test if its ready you can simply drop a spoonful into a glass of water and if it floats it is ready to use and if it doesn't its not quiet there yet and you will need to continue feeding.

If you don't plan to bake with your starter everyday you can store it in the fridge. Whilst stored in the fridge you will need to feed every week.
When planning to bake with you will need to get it out 2/3 days before you need to use it and feed it daily to make it strong enough to bake with.

I hope this answers everything you need to know to be able to make your very own sourdough starter. I am happy to answer any questions you may have! Just ask below. 

Love Megan x


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