Have you ever listened to a presentation or gone to a class and figured, “Hey, I could do that!”? Well, that was me after I read Sourdough A to Z.
I ordered my sourdough starter, studied the instructions, and started imagining the delicious things I’d make: sourdough pizza crust, sourdough bread, pancakes, muffins…yum!
Silly me–I even bragged about my project on Facebook.
The starter arrived, and I was ready to go. Here you see a clean jar; regular white flour; starter; and filtered water that sat out for 24 hours so the chlorine could evaporate out. That’s all it takes!
The starter is dehydrated, and it looks like tiny grains of sand.
I added water and flour, and stirred vigorously to incorporate air into the mixture.
Then I gave him this handsome hat, put him in the oven with just the light on, and waited to see what happened.
Every day I discarded all but 1/2 cup of the mixture, added more flour and water, and stirred like crazy. I tucked him back into his warm hideout, and hoped I’d see bubbles like these.
|Photo credit: KitchenStewardship|
Alas, after a week of faithful tending, all I had was a jar of flat goo with a cute washcloth hat. It smelled funny (but not in a good way) so I tossed it out and wrote it up as yet another Frugal Flop.