Do you like fermenting sweet stuff and watching it bubble?
Do you want to be able to make your own bread and become less reliant on destructive food making techniques used by large scale producers?
Then hopefully I will be able to show you how to make your own sourdough starter.
There are families that still pass down starters created over a 150 years ago! Your starter may end up a generational legacy past down over the generations!....... but probably not. At least you can enjoy it for as many years as you recondition and feed the sweet, sweet sludge.
***Disclaimer: This is my first experience making it myself and hope that the experiment is successful, so that I reap the benefits of tasty bread and also am able to teach others. This is also my first instructable so let me know of anything I can do to improve it. Thanks!***
I learned how to make sourdough starter from a zine called Wild Fermentation: A Do-It-Yourself Guide to Cultural Manipulation. One of my favorite zines (and zine names) available from:
Sandor Ellix Katz
247 Santuary Lane
Liberty, TN 37095
Also, if you live in the greater Portland, OR area Multnomah County library has a few in the periodical section.
Almost all of my knowledge comes from this great zine.
P.P.S.- Mark_In_Hollywood showed me a great article he wrote about making sourdough starter and reconditioning. Its an interesting and informative read- check it out!
Step 1: Mixing the ingredients...
-quart size jar (or larger, I used a reclaimed spaghetti sauce jar)
-4 tablespoons of honey or molasses (I used honey because I already had some)
-1 cup flour
Fill the jar with 2 cups of warm water.
Add the honey/molasses and flour and stir vigorously.
Cover the jar with cheesecloth or another porous material (old fabric is free and omnipresent).