How To Use Sourdough Starter?

How soon after feeding sourdough starter can I use it?

After you feed your starter, you can let it sit out for several hours before returning it to the fridge or put it in the fridge right after feeding it.

It typically depends on when you plan on using it next.

How much is a starter for sourdough?

Baker’s Math

Weight Ingredient Baker’s Percentage
40g Mature sourdough starter (100% hydration) 50%
40g Whole Wheat Flour 50%
40g Bread Flour 50%
80g H2O @ room temperature 100%

What do you do with throw away sourdough starter?

NEVER Throw Away Your Sourdough Starter! –

Do you Stir sourdough starter before using?

If there is only a thin layer, you can either stir this liquid back into the sourdough starter or drain it away before feeding it again. If you stir it through, it will add a more intense flavour to your sourdough starter and, in turn, your sourdough bread.

Can you use sourdough starter straight from the fridge?

When you need to use your starter, you can use it straight from the fridge or let it come to room temp first if you want. After you feed your starter, you can let it sit out for several hours before returning it to the fridge or put it in the fridge right after feeding it.

Can you use too much sourdough starter?

If you have too much starter compared to the additional flour and water you’re adding, your hungry starter consumes all the nutrients and then it’s not as bubbly. Treat your starter like you would any pet in your home. A sourdough starter has only two ingredients: flour and water.

How much sourdough starter do you need for a loaf of bread?

For every 1 cup (8.5 ounces/240 grams) of liquid starter, add 3/4 cup (4.2 ounces/120 grams) flour. Likewise, a stiff starter can be converted to a liquid starter by adding an appropriate amount of water. For every 1 cup (8.5 ounces/240 grams) of stiff starter, add 1/3 cup (2.8 ounces/80 grams water) water.

Can you use too much sourdough starter in bread?

Myth 7: You can’t overfeed sourdough starter.

While starters do need regular feeding, it is possible to overfeed one. Each time you feed a starter, you thin out the population of microorganisms by adding flour and water. The remaining yeasts and bacteria eat the new flour and multiply, rebuilding the population.

Why do you discard half the sourdough starter?

Discarding half is wayyyy LESS wasteful than keeping it around or “sharing” the other half with a friend because… The sourdough starter is not a viable starter until 3 to 5 days old and sometimes longer. It takes that long for the organism balance to get established.

What happens if you don’t discard sourdough starter?

In the beginning of a starter’s life, the point is to develop yeast and friendly bacteria, NOT develop lots of starter. If you don’t discard, you end up with way too much, and it is not wasteful because tossing about half keeps everything at a manageable amount.

Can you put sourdough starter down the drain?

If you have absolutely no other choice, you could throw liquid sourdough starter down the drain — but do so with caution. Place your discard starter in a large bowl and add cold water, stirring to thin it to the consistency of milk; then pour it down the drain, flushing the drain with additional cold water.