• Sourdough

    How You Know You Have a Mature Sourdough Starter

    There are all sorts of new terms to learn when you start to work with a sourdough starter and start baking. You may come across terms like levain, autolyse, bulk rise, and stretch and fold. You’ll also come across mature sourdough starter. But what exactly is a mature sourdough starter? Let’s take a look at what this means and why it’s important for baking sourdough. This post is all about mature sourdough starter. What is a Mature Sourdough Starter? A mature sourdough starter is a vigorous, fermented mixture of flour and water that contains a complex colony of bacteria and…

  • Sourdough

    Stop Wondering How to Fix Your Sourdough Starter!

    If you’ve ever made sourdough bread, you know that sourdough starter is a crucial ingredient. It’s what gives the bread its signature tangy flavor and chewy texture. However, sometimes your sourdough starter might start to smell like alcohol, which can be concerning. In this article, we’ll explore why sourdough starter smells like alcohol and whether it needs to be fixed or not. This post is all about ‘why does my sourdough starter smell like alcohol?’ A sourdough starter is essentially a mixture of flour and water that has been left to ferment. During the fermentation process, naturally occurring yeasts and…

  • Sourdough

    #SourdoughStorageIdeas: How to Keep Your Bread Fresh and Delicious for Days

    Sourdough bread, with its rich flavor and tangy aroma, has been a beloved staple in many households. The unique fermentation process that gives sourdough its distinctive taste also affects how it should be stored. Unlike commercially produced bread, homemade sourdough doesn’t contain preservatives, so knowing how to store it properly is important to maintain its taste and texture, as well as keeping it from going stale. Proper storage techniques can significantly extend the life of your sourdough, allowing you to enjoy it for days or even months after baking. Understanding the factors that affect the freshness of sourdough bread, including…

  • Homesteading for Beginners - Sourdough

    How to Revive Sourdough Starter: Remedying a Starter to Bake Again

    If you’ve found your sourdough starter looking a bit worse for wear, don’t rush to throw it out. A sourdough starter is remarkably resilient; many starters that look beyond hope can be restored to full health with a bit of care. Whether it’s been neglected in the back of your fridge or left on the counter just a bit too long, the path to revival is straightforward. Reviving your sourdough starter involves assessing its condition, removing any unwanted hooch, and beginning a feeding schedule to encourage yeast and bacteria activity. The process demands patience as you may need to wait…

  • Sourdough

    Sourdough Starter Not Rising and How to Fix It

    Introduction Sourdough baking is so much fun once you get the hang of it. But ask just about anyone who bakes with sourdough how it all started out and chances are they’ll tell you it wasn’t easy. It definitely comes with its fair share of challenges. I’ll be the first to tell you that I had a lot of issues getting started. At first, I tried making my own sourdough starter. I failed so many times I’m not even sure how many times I tried. It felt like such a waste too with none of them working out for me.…

  • Sourdough

    How to Make Sourdough Discard and Put It to Use

    Understanding what to do with sourdough discard can elevate both your baking routine and reduce food waste. Discard isn’t as potent as your starter, but it gives a mild sour flavor and tender texture to baked goods. It can be incorporated into pancakes, waffles, crackers, and even cake recipes, providing a unique taste and extending the range of sourdough beyond bread. Seasoned bakers have come to treasure this byproduct for its versatility and flavor-enhancing properties. Key Takeaways This post is all about ‘what is sourdough discard’. What is Sourdough Discard? Sourdough discard is a byproduct of maintaining a sourdough starter,…