And another episode focusing on questions about sourdough. Please keep them coming… I love to answer and help you!
Here are the questions I'm answering:
- sourdough starter doesn't seem active
- how does temperature affect a starter
- easy sourdough recipes that don't need kneading
- easy recipes for leftover starter
- appealing sourdough bread for husband
- it takes too long to start a starter
- how long can you ferment for bread
- how often/how much to feed starter to build it up enough for a recipe
- starter seems to thick
- how to cover a starter
All the answers are in this episode, and any links mentioned are below. Plus… the tip of the week!
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Carla B. asks:
“Hi, Wardee, My concern with my sourdough starter is that it doesn't seem dry active. I get a few bubbles at the surface (maybe three) and no actual rise in volume in the jar it lives in. It does smell like a strong sourdough, but doesn't “act” like one. Am I expecting to much movement out of those little guys, or are they sluggish to multiply? I have seen no change from using bottled water, to now using my softened well water.“
Sharon P. asks:
“Hi, Wardee, How does temperature effect starter? Living near Buffalo, our winters are tough and we use the kitchen door. Does the draft harm the starter?“
Mary B. asks:
“Hi, Wardee, I would like more recipes for things other than bread that needs to be kneaded. I don't have the money to get a mixer to do this for me and don't have the strength to do it by hand. I know about pancakes and cornbread,. Any others?“
- Pizza Crust
- English Muffins
- Chocolate Cake
- Spice Cake
- Sourdough eBook
- Sourdough eCourse
Karen N. asks:
“Hi, Wardee, My single biggest challenge right now with sourdough is _________ ” finding easy, quick recipes for using up left over starter. As a busy mom of 5 boys, with constant interruptions, I don't have time for long recipes and I don't want to waste useful starter.“
- Impossible Pie (in sourdough eBook)
- Sourdough eBook
- Sourdough eCourse
Rhonda H. asks:
“Hi, Wardee, My single biggest challenge right now with sourdough is ___ hard packy bread that is not very tasty or appealing to my husband. He is the main reason I started this because he eats so many conventional breads and sweets. I've tried all different kinds of flour but still no really yummy-can't-get-enough-of-that bread. “
- English Muffins
- Sourdough Soda Bread
- Not-So-Dense (or Sour) Sourdough Bread
- Honey Whole Wheat Bread (in Sourdough eBook)
Brenda R. asks:
“Hi, Wardee, I think my biggest challenge with my starter is knowing how far I can push fermentation once the dough is pulled together. I have friends that are gluten sensitive and the longer ferment time > 12 hours seems to do better for them. I have had it go 18 hours, but how far can I go without adding density to the loaf?“
Kimberley B. asks:
“Hi, Wardee, My biggest challenge with sourdough right now is remembering to feed it and keep feeding it in plenty of time to have enough for a certain recipe. How can I feed it more or more frequently than every 12 hours to get it to grow more?“
Gail H. asks:
“Hi Wardee, My problem is that I took a break from baking bread. I put the starter in the fridge and forgot it until I had to throw it. The thought of starting all over is overwhelming. Now, when I would bake over the Holidays, it takes to long to make another starter.”
“Hi Wardee, My starter seems thicker than I anticipated. I am not sure it is as bubbly as I thought. It has been cool here and my house is cool, so I have occasionally turned my oven on 200, left the door cracked, and the jars sitting on the stove top near the opening to give a bit extra warmth. Also, do you actually “seal” with plastic wrap? I am tempted to use a dish cloth and rubber band it to the top. I feel like I want it to breathe… Any hints will be appreciated. I want to get a good starter going to use extensively in three weeks.”
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