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    New at sourdough starter..HELP!

    Tue Dec 18, 2007 1:48 pm
    Experienced "Head Chef" Poster
    Ok, I love to bake and cook but I'll admit I'm abit nervous at the bread baking process.

    So, as I usually do with everything else in my life, I pick the most confusing/toughest project to attempt first.

    For me is sourdough and the starter. I don't understand something: I get the starting the starter process but what has me abit confused and concerned is this; what do they mean by feeding it and how much does this make as far as quantity? Will it take over my kitchen? icon_eek.gif How long can i keep it, I mean i'm not planning on baking bread everyday maybe 2-3 times a month to start.

    I love sourdough bread and would love to be able to make this at home but need some advice. Thanks.
    Tue Dec 18, 2007 10:58 pm
    Forum Host
    The best thing to do is to review the stickies on the top of this forum about sourdough baking. Once you get your starter established, you don't need to keep more than a few spoonfulls of it in the refrigerator. Then a couple of days before you want to bake, take it out and refresh it to get the quantity you need. You will be discarding part of the starter as you refresh to keep it from taking over! Also, you'll want to dry a few spoonfulls to keep a reserve in case of an accident with your main supply.

    Welcome to the wonderful world of sourdough baking, and we are very happy to have you here!
    Pa. Hiker
    Sat Dec 29, 2007 9:12 pm Groupie
    If you are from Serbia, you might want to try what are called "old dough" starters, as these are easier to work with, and are more common in Eastern Europe. If you are interested, contact me off-line at

    pa_hiker at comcast dot net

    I can go into greater detail than what is usually done in these forums.
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