Sourdough Starter

Happy Friday everybody!  This week I have a recipe for a sourdough starter for you.  This starter can be used later to make bread, pancakes, waffles and a lot of other things.  I started my own starter about 2 weeks ago and I will be using some of it to make some sourdough bread this coming week.  Be sure to come back next week for the sourdough bread recipe that I am going to use.  Here is how to make a sourdough starter:
You will need: a glass or stainless steel bowl, water, flour, and active dry yeast.
First, add the yeast and water to a large bowl (the bowl needs to be about three times bigger than the amount of water you add because the start will grow before settling back down.) and let sit for about 10 minutes allowing the yeast to dissolve.

Then, mix in the flour.

Cover the bowl loosely and allow the mixture to sit overnight at room temperature.  IMG_1717Then put the container, still loosely covered, into the refrigerator.  Feed the starter each week by pulling out 1/2 cup of the sourdough and adding 1/2 cup flour and 1/2 cup water.  When you used your start, be sure to replace the amount you took out with an equal amount of flour and water.  For example, if your recipe calls for 1 1/2 cup of the sourdough start, replace that amount with 1 1/2 cups of flour and 1 1/2 cups of water.  After feeding the start, leave it sitting at room temperature overnight before returning it to the fridge.  Also be sure to remove your sourdough start from the refrigerator a few hours before using it so that it can be closer to room temperature for your use.

Sourdough Starter


  • 2 c water 
  • 2 c flour 
  • 1 tsp yeast 
  1. Add yeast and water to a large bowl and let sit for ~10 minutes, allowing yeast to dissolve. 
  2. Mix in flour, cover the bowl loosely, and allow the mixture to sit overnight on a table or countertop at room temperature. 
  3. Transfer the bowl, still loosely covered, to a refrigerator and refrigerate until use. 
  4. Feed each week by pulling out ½ cup of the sourdough then adding ½ cup flour and ½cup water.  

One thought on “Sourdough Starter

  1. I can already smell the sour dough bread…yum. I used to have a start but I got lazy and stopped replacing what I used. Great post and as always you have inspired me. I’m getting a new start going this weekend!


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