Sourdough Starter: Day 2

Sourdough Starter

It’s day 2 of my Sourdough Starter experiment.  After 24 hours, I haven’t really noticed much of a change.  It takes two to three days for the yeast to mix, mingle and start reproducing, so I wasn’t expecting to see any drastic changes.  One thing I did notice after my day 2 procedures is that my jar is too small :p  I do love my beautiful Weck jar, but, unfortunately, it’s gotta go.  I will transfer my starter to a larger jar tomorrow before any major yeast activity begins.  Continue reading for my day 2 process.

Sourdough Starter

Start by fishing out the red cabbage leaves.  The yeast from the leaves should be incorporated into the starter after 24 hours.  Discard leaves.  To your jar, add 1 cup (by volume) whole wheat flour and 1 cup (by volume) water, stirring to combine.  This is known as feeding.  Leave your jar on the countertop uncovered for 24 hours.  Stir the mixture 2 to 3 times (for about 1 minute) during that time period.

Notes

  • Using whole wheat flour will promote more yeast activity.
  • Stirring the mixture occasionally will aerate the starter.  Providing yeast with more oxygen will help speed up reproduction.

That’s it for day 2.  Hopefully I’ll start seeing more bubbles tomorrow :)

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6 Responses to Sourdough Starter: Day 2

  1. 1
    Ann P says:

    How interesting! This is the first tutorial I’ve read on how to make sourdough starter. Can’t wait to see what comes up next :)

  2. 2

    Awww, my mom used to always have that in the fridge. Sniff!

  3. 3
    Rob Heise says:

    My family has had a wild yeast starter going for years, and this is a recipe that I always grew up with. Hope your starter comes along, and you get some good results as you start to bake!

    Sourdough Pancakes

    A day ahead of time, mix:
    2 cups flour
    2 cups water
    1 cup sourdough starter

    Let sit overnight in warm place, loosely covered.

    Add:
    1 egg
    2-3 tbsp sugar
    1 tsp baking soda
    1 cup flour
    1 tsp salt
    2 tbsp bacon grease
    2 tsp baking powder
    + enough water to make a runny mixture

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