how to make sourdough

So,you want to learn how to make a sourdough starter?  Spoiler alert…it’s VERY easy.

Before I tell you how lets discuss why you should.

First, the health benefits are great.  Here is an article about sourdough benefits from Healthline.

In a nutshell the benefits are GREAT.  It seems that our ancestors continue to prove themselves correct in the way they did things.  We modern folks have tried over and over again to reinvent the wheel, yet we find ourselves getting back to our roots and going a more “artisan” and heritage path, no matter the convenience the new ways bring.

I decided to implement more fermented foods into our diet to heal our guts, help us absorb pre and probiotics, enjoy the flavor and save money.  That’s right.  Money is always tight here.  Making bread is a great way to save mullah.

Homemade bread just tastes better too.

Okay, we have briefly touched on why. Now let’s hit on the making of a sourdough starter.

All that you need to begin a sour dough starter is flour and water.

That’s it.

I used equal parts.  One cup flour and one cup water.

You can use any flour that you want.  Water needs to be filtered if you are using treated water from the city.  The reason for this is because the chlorine and chemicals do not allow for the bacteria and yeasts in your starter to form correctly.

You do not want to make or store a sourdough starter in plastic or metal.  Chemicals leech and reactions are not formed.  I picked this glass jar.

Day 1

1 cup flour, 1cup water, stir.  Cover with a towel to allow air flow. Let this set for 12-24 hours on the counter.

Day 2-5

Take out half the mix and again add 1 cup water and 1 cup flour, stir.  Let set 12-24 hours.

“Feeding” the starter refers to adding to the mix the flour and water.

By the third day you can start using the starter if you see lots of pretty bubbles.  After the fifth day you can either continue to let your starter set out, if you plan to use it often, or you can place an airtight lid on it and keep it in the frig.  Take care to “feed” your starter daily if if have it on the counter, and weekly if you have it in the frig.

After the starter is bubbly you have made a successful starter.  I choose to not discard any starter once it is established.  I drain off the yellowish liquid that floats to the surface and “feed” that starter equal parts water and flour.

I keep mine on the counter right now since I’m using it nearly everyday.  For a list of great recipes check out Farmhouse On Boone’s list.

For the bread above I used King Arthur Flour’s Bread Machine Sour Dough.  I have the Zojirushi Home Bakery Supreme. I have had this for almost 10 years. It is an amazing investment.  You can make breads, cakes ect. in it.  Before I had this bread a machine I made bread by hand kneading for six months. After I knew I was committed to making bread, I received the bread machine as a gift.

That’s all there is to making a starter.  It’s a simple way to feed your family a healthy heritage food.  I hope you decide to try it out for yourself.

Comment below and share what you do with your starter.

baking and meal plan

According to my weekly mama chore schedule, I am supposed to be doing my weekly baking (bread, sauces, granola, cookies, mixes-powder, ect) and meal planning today.

Since I skipped this chore last week I have no plan for what I should bake.  So, I’m not baking or doing any other meal-prep for the week today.

I am sort of meal planning and getting a list together though.  Doing this reminded me that I need to share something with you. Once a Month Mom.  Read it, do it, or you will get into the same rut I have been ever since I stopped.  I have done this one time, and really wish I would stop thinking of reasons not to do it again.

We followed the Gluten Free (for my food allergies)/ Dairy Free (for Desmond’s allergies) Menu.  The rest of us love and enjoy dairy, so I divided things up for Des and added our own goats milk where the recipes allowed.

I admit it was a LONG day.  However; every other day was so nice.  I used all the lunches as dinners, and had a total of 22 dinners frozen and DONE!  They were all very yummy.  The kid’s didn’t like the stuffed bell peppers, but I figured they wouldn’t anyways.

Next month I need to do this.  Maybe you could join me and I document my journey, and you all can update me of your progress in the comments section.  What do you say?  Are you in?

February…the month of no more fretting over, “What’s for Dinner?”

*UPDATE* I didn’t realize earlier that they have changed the most recent plans to a “paid members only” access.  I will be using the older FREE menu plans.