Total Time
Prep 96 hrs
Cook 0 mins

This is your basic Sour Dough bread starter to be used over and over again. Look for the sour dough bread recipe to make use of this starter. There are two ways to make sour dough starter one without yeast where you feed the starter daily and this recipe where you just let the yeast do the work and let it sit for 3 or 4 days. Be sure that you clean the jar well before putting the saved starter back in it.


  1. Dissolve yeast in 1/2 cup warm water, rest for ten minutes.
  2. Mix in flour, sugar& remaining water.
  3. Allow to stand, loosely covered, in a warm place for 3 or 4 days. Use a large (preferably ceramic) bowl as it will rise considerably.
  4. Every time the batter is used to make a product set aside 1 cup to be used as a"starter" for another batch.
  5. Keep covered in the fridge (a pint jar works nicely).
  6. To make it into a basic batter again, add another 2 cups flour& 2 cups warm water and allow to stand at room temp overnight It is now ready to use, but again reserve a cup of the starter.
Most Helpful

Separation of the sourdough starter is completely normal. The liquid on top is called "hooch." You can either pour it off, or stir in back into the starter (if your starter looks too thin, pour it off, too thick, stir it back in). If your sourdough is tinted pink or green, it is contaminated and needs to be thrown out.

KatieNana January 10, 2008

This is a great starter. I have used it to make sour dough bread as well as adding it to my pizza dough recipe. The starter is at least 3 months old and just keeps getting better and better. I feed my starter about every 9 to 10 days, I add 1/2 cup warm water to the starter mixing well and then add 1 cup flour mixing well (ok to have some lumps) and let it sit out at room temp for an hour or two and then back to the fridge it goes until the next time.

mojo mom June 29, 2011

My Betty Crocker cook book says to let (an almost identical receipt) sit out at room temp for 10 days. I thought that was a little silly. I am glad that your receipt mirrors my judgement of how done my starter is. A word of advice for others though, mix the starter in a fairly larger mixing bowl and let it rise for 12 hours before transfering it to a smaller jar. It will foam and fizz all over if it is too confined.

KookieMomster January 30, 2004