These are the instructions to make your own sourdough starter by using dried starter flakes. Sourdough starter can be used to make breads, cakes, english muffins and pancakes, just to name a few. The starter is like a pet and to keep it healthy and active there are a few simple rules: Never use metal bowls, containers or spoons. Containers and bowls should be large enough to allow for the expansion of the starter as it proofs. Use lukewarm bottled water--the starter does not like chlorinated water. Use or feed every 7 to 14 days. Keep the storage container clean, so wash and dry the container each time the starter is used. With this recipe you will have 2 cups of starter at the end of 3 or 4 days and ready to use in a recipe. If you are not planning to use immediately, dump out 1/2 of the starter at each feeding and reduce the amount of flour and water by 50%, this will save flour. When feeding starter, always add at least twice as much flour/water as you have starter, i.e. if you have 1/4 cup starter, add at least 1/2 cup flour and 1/2 cup water. If you have any questions please feel free to zmail me!