Looking for a free sourdough starter? I ran into an intriguing (and free!) source recently. I have not tried the starter, but my friend Christina is currently maintaining this wonderful and tasty starter. We enjoyed her sourdough bread a few weeks ago, and it was fabulous.
The starter is Carl Griffith's 1847 Oregon Trail Sourdough Starter and you can get some of it by sending in a self-addressed stamped envelope (donations are welcomed, too!). Carl passed away in the year 2000, at the age of 80. Here's a bit about him from the website:
Carl T. Griffith, who gave a sourdough starter to anyone who asked, or who sent him a self-addressed stamped envelope, died early in the year 2000 at the age of 80. He is known for his generosity and the high quality and vitality of his sourdough starts, which came from a sourdough culture carefully nurtured and preserved in his family for over 150 years.
Visit the Friends of Carl website for more information about Carl, the starter, and to find out how to get some of it yourself.
Now, here's a note for those of you who will be taking the Fundamentals eCourse. You'll need to get a sourdough starter ahead of time. Dehydrated starters like this one can be acquired any time. And since this one could take a few weeks to arrive, better jump on it now. Please consider donating to support the work of Carl's friends who maintain his ministry in his honor.
If you're taking our Sourdough eCourse and don't want to make your own starter — this could be an option for you as well.
And if you have any questions, be sure to let me know. Back to that starter, is anyone planning to get it? Or, are you using it already? What do you think of it?
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