Sourdough has always intrigued me. I have heard wonderful things on the benefits of it and really wanted to try it out for myself. I wasn't sure that it would be something that I could master or keep up with. It turned out to be something that I can actually do.
We received a Whole Wheat Sourdough Starter culture from Cultures for Health. They carry a wide assortment of different type of sourdough starters. I wanted to try Whole Wheat Sourdough Starter, as I mill my own wheat flour and thought this would be the best option and healthiest for our family.
The shipping from Cultures for Health is super fast. Here is the how the culture comes and how it is packaged with directions. I wasn't able to start up my culture right away, so I did store the box in the refrigerator until I was ready.
There is some prep to getting the culture going. You need to be able to "feed" your culture on a regular basis. It is important to figure this out ahead of time, so you will actually be home for these regular feedings to take place. For equipment, all you need is a clean, glass jar, room temperature water and your whole wheat flour.
The directions are excellent and give you step by step instructions on activating your starter and maintaining it. Once you get your routine of discarding a small amount and replenishing with flour and water, you are on your way to a starter that will be active very soon.
You will need to watch for the signs that your starter is ready....which will be a nice, bubbly, yeasty smelling brew.
It took my starter exactly 7 days to be at a state of being ready to use in baking. Once it was at healthy state of development, I was ready to try and use it in my baking schedule.
I made these English Muffins. My family loved these. The taste and texture are wonderful and this is something that I wasn't sure that I could duplicate from the store. They have become our go-to for breakfast, toasted, and also have been great to slice and use for sandwiches.
They turned out beautifully using my week old starter.
I am excited to try new things with my sourdough starter. There are several recipes included in the directions and also at the Cultures for Health website.
I won't be cooking with sourdough at every baking time, but I will be able to maintain my starter in the refrigerator and activate it when I am ready to use it again. The directions for doing this are also included with your starter culture.
I think sourdough is something that the novice and expert baker, alike, can try. I am glad I had the opportunity to try and get started my own starter culture. Cultures for Health definately takes the guesswork out of getting started with this and puts it in your hands as easy and do-able.
Until next time, Julie
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Julie is Merissa's mom and she's committed to living a frugal and simple lifestyle. Julie grows her own herbs in her garden and enjoys making things at home. You can now find her home remedies and ideas here at Little House Living.
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