How to make a sourdough starter at home
What is a sourdough starter?
A sourdough starter is a dough made from flour and water, its fermented under a controlled environment and is filled with natural wild yeast and a bacteria called lactobacilli. A starter is full of live bacteria and yeast! There are over 50 million yeasts and 5 billion lactobacilli bacteria in every teaspoon of starter dough.
It’s what gives sourdough bread its distinct flavor and gives it its light fluffy texture. It’s what is what makes sourdough bread rise. Sourdough starter can be used for so much more than just bread. you can make pancakes, waffles, crumpets, and even cakes.
Bondi Harvest Sourdough At Home
Welcome to the Bondi Harvest step-by-step guide to making your sourdough starter, I’ve simplified the process to make it approachable and easy for you at home. Known by many names including sourdough culture, a sourdough starter, or natural yeast baking it down it’s just a simple mixture of flour and water which acts as a natural leavening agent. Wild yeast is present in all flour, in the air, in our water, it’s all around us and a starter is a way of capturing and growing that yeast in a form that can be used to bake with.
The sourness in sourdough comes from these magical bacteria that grow alongside the yeast in the starter, as your sourdough starter gets older (yes older) the wild yeast and bacteria develop and get ‘stronger’ both in flavor and ability to rise and make gorgeous bread.
Making a sourdough starter is a simple, fun, and educational process of combining flour and water. Creating a starter is working with live culture and organism that needs to be cared for, fed, and managed to keep it alive and to get the best result. Feeding your starter is simply refreshed with more flour and water over a period to encourage the yeast to ferment and the bacteria to develop.
After each feed and once your starter is established it will grow and go through a cycle of bubbling up double its size, and then falling, and will take a similar time to complete this cycle if held at a consistent temperature.
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