8 Easy Steps to the Perfect Sourdough Bread Starter

This simple sourdough bread starter can be used in a variety of recipes!


| August 2016



Sourdough starter

A sourdough starter is a simple and useful tool that can be utilized in many dishes and if fed right can be kept for months.


Photo by Fotolia/Ariana Habich

Wild Fermentation (Chelsea Green Publishing, 2003) by Sandor Ellix Katz explores the variety of dishes that can be made via fermentation. This excerpt comes from Chapter 8, “Bread (and Pancakes).”  

You can purchase this book from the MOTHER EARTH NEWS store: Wild Fermentation.

Basic Sourdough Starter:

Starting a sourdough is as easy as mixing flour and water in a bowl and leaving it on the kitchen counter for a few days, stirring periodically. The yeast is there, along with lactic acid bacteria and many others, and they will all reveal themselves. The work is in building the vigor of the starter, then maintaining it and keeping it alive and fresh. A sourdough starter requires regular feeding and attention, not unlike a small pet.

Time frame: About 1 week

Ingredients: 

• 4 cups/640 grams flour (any kind)





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