Posts Tagged ‘Sourdough’

Total bummer.  I finally worked up the courage to try making my first sourdough starter.  I was pretty pleased with my initial results.  On the very first day I saw so many promising little bubbles.  And then it started to stink.  Mindy at The Purposed Heart assured me that this smell is normal.  The bad bacteria were winning in my little kitchen science project, and bad bacteria smell like bad bacteria.

Three more days of dumping, adding, feeding stirring – still stinking.  And fewer bubbles than Day 2!  But, I don’t give up that easily.

I do give up though when I pull my loose cover off of my jar to feed my little guy and three satiated little fruit flies wander out.  Ick.  I am just not going to chance the fruit fly breeding ground being part of my jar of funk.  That is too funky – even for me.

So, down the drain he went.  I do plan to start another one.  But I said that for two years before starting this one.  Hmmm . . . don’t bet on me.

And on a related note – do check out this post on making a natural fruit fly trap.  This is definitely on my To Do list now.

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Day 3 – This thing still stinks.  Really stinks.  I am looking forward to the day the good bacteria win out and the little waft escaping from the underside of the loose plastic cover is a pleasant, yeasty one.  For now, I am going on faith that will happen.  I feed.  And wait.

Day 3 - Still bubbly and smelly

Day 3

Half way through the day, it sort of went flat.  It was growing nicely, and the next time I looked it was about half the size.  Does that mean something?  I dunno.  Never done this before.  I will forge ahead and assume that because bubbles exist, we (we being this sourdough and I) are still headed in a good direction.

Click here for Day 2 and for step by step picture tutorials on how to start your own sourdough visit The Purposed Heart.

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Grow, Baby Grow

Starting My First Sourdough

Mindy at The Purposed Heart has inspired me to finally try to make a sourdough starter.  Somehow thinking about doing this for the past two years has yet to materialize into anything.

Well, no more!  Mindy has promised to walk us through this process day by day.  With detailed instructions and pictures.  Now is my time – I can feel it.

So, last night I followed her directions carefully, and 24 hours later, this is what I have:

Is that funk really good?

Apparently, these bubbles and the dark liquid on the top are signs that everything is happening as it should.  Going on faith here.

If you have ever thought about starting sourdough and put it off, like me, join me!  Let’s do this while Mindy is holding our hands.  And hey, if it doesn’t work, it was only flour and water, right?

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