The Sourdough Starter
It's Tuesday night and I usually make bread on Wednesdays. I take my sourdough starter out of the fridge to feed it. I check it. Does it still have bubbles? Is there hooch on top? If I see a layer of dark liquid (called "hooch") and no bubbles, this means my starter is really hungry and needs to be fed. As I get ready to feed it, I often have too much starter and I need to keep the ratios the same - equal portions of starter, flour, and water (1-1-1). If you have too much starter compared to the additional flour and water you're adding, your hungry starter consumes all the nutrients and then it's not as bubbly. Treat your starter like you would any pet in your home. It needs food, a little warmth, some love and it will make you all manner of yummy creations. Do you want to know if it's ready to use? You can tell by the bubbles. It will have them all over. Then you know it's ready to use. Look for the bubbles, that's your sourdough starter smiling at you saying, "I'm ready for you."
A sourdough starter has only two ingredients: flour and water. Combined with unseen organisms of bacteria and yeasts and its mysterious ability to transform food, you'll have a universe of possibilities.
Extra Sourdough Starter
Here are a few of the things you can do with extra sourdough starter. A great way to use up your leftovers is waffles or pancakes, or I have three other recipes that are not only easy to make but also really delicious. Super Easy Snickerdoodle Cookies and Peppermint Sourdough Brownies are perfect for the holidays or any time. You can also make Sourdough Dumplings with extra starter and it will turn any soup into a warm, comforting meal. Don't waste your sourdough starter, put it to good use!
"It isn't bread that feeds you; it is life and the spirit that feed you through bread."Angelus Silesius