Sourdough Starter: A Review

by Merissa on February 22, 2012

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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.ย 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

We are also giving away a Whole Wheat Sourdough Starter from Cultures for Health! To enter just click the link below to fill out the form. Good luck!

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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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1 Susan M. Detterman February 22, 2012 at 2:09 pm

I love sourdough bread!!!


2 sheri grennille February 22, 2012 at 2:45 pm

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3 sheri grennille February 22, 2012 at 2:45 pm

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4 sheri grennille February 22, 2012 at 2:50 pm

i shared the giveaway with my facebook friends.


5 Kathy T February 22, 2012 at 3:32 pm

I have been wanting to try to make sourdough bread for awhile now, this starter would be awesome.


6 Kathy T February 22, 2012 at 3:33 pm

I am a fan on facebook.


7 Kathy T February 22, 2012 at 3:33 pm

I receive your emails.


8 Barb Jowett February 22, 2012 at 5:20 pm

Is this like the Amish friendship starter? That you feed and then make it up and have some to pass on to friends?


9 Merissa February 23, 2012 at 11:44 am

It’s similar but not quite the same thing. Sourdough is basically just a natural yeast that you create to make baked goods. The good bacteria in it is what makes it special!


10 Missy Steiger February 23, 2012 at 7:23 am

I’ve never tried sourdough started. I’d love to win this!


11 Melissa @Dyno-mom February 23, 2012 at 9:58 am

I wrote a short booklet on easy sourdough and would love to send you a coupon code for a free copy as well as for one of your readers. Let me know if you are interested!


12 Stephanie February 24, 2012 at 7:20 am

When does the giveaway end? Sorry if you posted that, I may have missed it! Have a great day! I enjoy all of your posts!!!!


13 Merissa February 24, 2012 at 11:34 am

I’m sorry I did forget to post that. It ends on Tuesday February 28th.


14 Linda February 25, 2012 at 5:48 am

Been to your site before and enjoy it. Thanks. Just liked on Facebook.


15 Ellen Albers February 25, 2012 at 3:50 pm

I want a sourdough starter so bad. I really hope I’m lucky enough to receive one!


16 Angela Clark February 25, 2012 at 8:52 pm

Is it hard to keep it active. Want to try this


17 Amy February 28, 2012 at 1:52 pm

I am new to your website but not to Cultures for Health! I love their yogurt and make it every week! I am loving the info you share and would enjpy trying the sourdough starter!


18 Amy February 28, 2012 at 1:53 pm

I signed up for your newsletter!


19 Amy February 28, 2012 at 1:53 pm

Also, liked you on facebook.


20 Tammy Lafontaine February 28, 2012 at 3:22 pm

What an awesome giveaway! Thanks!


21 Tammy Lafontaine February 28, 2012 at 3:33 pm

That looks amazing! I hope to be able to try it someday!
And thanks for setting up the giveaway! That’s very kind of you.


22 Andrea February 28, 2012 at 3:42 pm

I like you on Facebook.


23 Andrea February 28, 2012 at 3:44 pm

I subscribe via email.


24 Andrea February 28, 2012 at 3:45 pm

And I shared the contest on Facebook.


25 Stephanie Mullins Harrison February 29, 2012 at 10:49 am

did you post the winner? I really want to get one but I made myself wait until after your giveaway just in case! ๐Ÿ™‚


26 Little House on the Prairie Living February 29, 2012 at 10:56 am

Not yet ๐Ÿ™‚ I will a little later today.


27 Stephanie Mullins Harrison February 29, 2012 at 11:15 am

Oaky, awesome!


28 Rachael July 17, 2013 at 2:35 pm

I love your blog!!!
Am definitely going to try this with my new San Francisco sourdough starter : ) Just ordered it from Sourdough’s International! Love their products.


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