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Create a Sourdough Yeast Starter

Enjoy homemade bread for years using the same sourdough yeast starter. Begin today and bake your own tomorrow!

Create a Sourdough Yeast Starter
Materials
  • Wide mouth jar or plastic food storage container with lid
  • 3 cups flour
  • 3 cups water

Enjoy homemade bread for years using the same sourdough yeast starter. Begin today and bake your own tomorrow!

A starter is what is mixed into the bread dough to make it rise…no store-bought yeast packets here! Nothing more than a simple mix of water and flour filled with living yeast and bacteria. Don’t worry, if fed, a yeast started can live for hundreds of years. Follow these instructions and start your own.

Once your starter is ready to go – use it to make bread at home!

Instructions
  • Select a container to grow starter in. A wide mouth mason jar or a plastic food storage container will work just fine. Avoid using a metal container.
  • Mix one cup of water and one cup of flour together with a wooden or plastic spoon. You can use any type of flour - all-purpose, whole wheat or bread flour.
  • Pour mixture into the jar.
  • Keep the starter uncovered in a warmplace (70 ?-80 ?F).
  • For three or four days, feed your starter once a day by throwing out half of the mixture first. Then, add a fresh half cup each of flour and water.
  • When your mixture starts to bubble, your starter is a success!
  • Now cover the container with the lid and place it in the fridge.
  • Once a week, remove the container from the fridge and feed the starter as you did in step 05.
  • Along the way, if a dark, watery liquid that smells like beer (called hooch) begins to form, just pour it out. Or, if your starter looks dry, stir it back in.