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sourdough starter from scratch

how to make a sourdough starter from scratch at home
Prep Time 5 d

Ingredients
  

  • 16 ounces unbleached flour
  • 16 ounces water

Instructions
 

  • Day 1 - Mix together 4 oz unbleached all-purpose flour (3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons) with 4 oz water (1/2 cup). Cover loosely with a kitchen towel or plastic wrap for 24 hours.
  • Day 2 - Mix in another 4 oz unbleached all-purpose flour (3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons) and 4 oz water (1/2 cup). Cover again loosely with a kitchen towel or plastic wrap for 24 hours.
  • Day 3 - Mix in another 4 oz unbleached all-purpose flour (3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons) and 4 oz water (1/2 cup). Cover again loosely with a kitchen towel or plastic wrap for 24 hours.
  • Day 4 - Mix in another 4 oz unbleached all-purpose flour (3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons) and 4 oz water (1/2 cup). Cover again loosely with a kitchen towel or plastic wrap for 24 hours.
  • Day 5 - Check your starter.
    IF your starter is bubbly and smelling tangy and yeasty, then you can prepare to use it! Remove half of the starter (save that "discard" to bake into other goodies.) Add 4 oz unbleached all-purpose flour (3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons) and 4 oz water (1/2 cup) to the half of your starter that is still in the container. Use this newly fed starter within the next few days to bake your first loaf! Or if you don't plan on baking for a while, cover it tightly and pop it in the fridge.
    IF your starter is not bubbly, if it has developed hooch on it (a grey dirty-sock-smelling liquid) or if it smells like vinegar or acetone, then repeat Day 4 until your starter is looking bubbly and smelling yeasty. You may even need to feed it twice per day.

Notes

Making your own sourdough starter is a fun and budget-friendly way to start baking your own delicious and healthy bread at home! 
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