Category: Beginner Guide
Sourdough Frequently Asked Questions
The most frequently asked questions all about sourdough. Ask me anything!
Beginner Guide: How Temperature Affects Sourdough
Throughout my years of baking bread and working with dough, I haven’t always fully appreciated how significantly temperature affects the dough. I’ve always known my rises take longer in the winter and often go faster in the summer, but only when I started working with a lot of sourdough breads did I realize how important…
Beginner Guide: Sourdough Discard
What is Sourdough Discard? Sourdough discard is a by-product of maintaining or “feeding” a sourdough starter. When feeding a starter, flour and water are combined with some of the starter to restart the fermentation cycle, but 80% of the original starter is discarded. This process is repeated daily (or weekly if you refrigerate your starter),…
Beginner Guide: Sourdough Starter and Levain
Sourdough starter and levain (leaven) are both integral parts of the sourdough bread-making process. Read on for a more detailed explanation. Sourdough Starter ≈ Levain Sourdough Starter Sourdough starter is a culture of yeast and bacteria. It is continually maintained in the same way at regular intervals (daily, weekly etc.). A small bit of sourdough…
Beginner Guide: Sourdough Starter
So you’ve decided to jump into the world of sourdough. Now what? This post will teach you all about sourdough starters and the fermentation cycle. It’s a great place to start if you are just getting started in the wonderful world of sourdough and naturally yeasted breads. If you don’t yet have a sourdough starter,…
Beginner Guide: What Is Sourdough?
Sourdough is a method of leavening bread. As opposed to most store-brought bread, sourdough doesn’t use any commercial yeast to rise. Instead it uses a “starter” of fermented flour and water to raise bread. You can use sourdough to make just about any baked good (breads, pancakes, crepes, biscuits, crackers, rolls, cookies, etc…). If you…
Dehydrating Sourdough starter: Long-Term Storage
When you need to put your sourdough starter “on hold,” take a break or travel with it, follow these steps to dehydrate your stater and then rehydrate it at a later time.
Essential Tools for Baking with Sourdough
All the essential tools you’ll need to make a great loaf of artisan sourdough bread
Beginner Guide: How to Make a Sourdough Starter
Download printable to make your own starter and follow along