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Here is one of the easiest sourdough crackers you will ever make using your sourdough discard. If you are like me, and you don’t like to waste anything…including your discard, then this is the recipe for you!
Sourdough Crackers Made with Sourdough Discard
If you like the idea of making sourdough crackers but don’t like the idea of having to roll out the dough, this recipe’s approach is perfect for you. With your 100% hydration starter, you can use your sourdough discard by simply pouring the batter onto a baking sheet and popping it in the oven to bake. That’s it!
Sourdough Crackers, Sourdough Discard, and 100% Hydration! What?
Wait a second. You may be asking, “What does all this mean? Discard? 100% hydration? Help!” If you are new to a sourdough starter and sourdough discard, no problem. I am here to explain everything.
First, once you get your sourdough starter going, you have to feed it every day if you keep it on your kitchen countertop. With each feeding, your starter will grow in volume. Now, unless you want to create the sourdough starter that took over the world 😉, you have to discard (or remove) some of your existing starter before you feed it.
When you remove the discard, you may be wondering what you should do with it. Some folks are shocked to learn that many bakers throw out their starter. If you hate to waste food, you might be thinking…Egad! That is certainly what I thought when I first started making a sourdough starter.
The good news is that you don’t have to throw out your discard. You can bake with it. And this sourdough crackers recipe is the perfect way to bake with your sourdough discard!
What If I am Not Ready to Make Sourdough Crackers?
If you are feeding your sourdough starter and you have removed your discard, but you are not ready to make sourdough crackers (or any other recipe) at that moment, no problem. You can store your sourdough discard in your fridge for about a week until you are ready to bake with it.
If you store your discard in your fridge, you can keep adding to your refrigerated discard with the fresh discard you remove from your countertop sourdough starter each day. Just take what you removed—your discard—and add it to the discard in your fridge. In a week’s time, you will have a substantial amount of sourdough discard to make multiple batches of crackers or any of the other recipes I show you how to make in my Sourdough Discard Recipes video playlist.
What if My Starter Is in the Fridge?
If you do not keep your sourdough starter on the counter because you bake sourdough bread only occasionally, you’ll typically keep your starter in the fridge. You probably only feed your starter once a week while it’s in the fridge. The good news is that you can still make these sourdough crackers.
When you take your sourdough starter from the refrigerator, remove the discard and let the discard come up to room temperature before proceeding with the recipe. (After you remove your discard, you can feed your starter and put it back in the fridge.) Your sourdough crackers using the discard will turn out great!
Choosing a Seasoning Blend for Your Sourdough Crackers
In my sourdough crackers recipe video, I show you how to add rosemary to your sourdough crackers. It’s easy to customize the herbs or spices that you’d like to add to your crackers. If you’d like to add Herbs de Provence or Italian Seasoning, I show you how to create these flavorful mixtures in my Homemade Seasoning Blends video.
More Discarded Sourdough Starter Recipes
Like the idea of having a no-waste kitchen? Then these videos are for you! I show you three more ways to use your discarded sourdough starter:
- Using as a topping for a skillet dinner,
- Creating pancakes, and
- Baking some of the best flatbread you’ll ever have enjoyed.
And the flatbread makes an excellent base for some of your favorite pizza toppings!
How to Make a Sourdough Starter
In case you are just starting out and have not made a sourdough starter yet, I have two videos that walk you through the entire process step-by-step:
In the first video, I show you how to make a starter using rye flour. If you can find rye flour, this is going to be the fastest and easiest way to get a starter going. But don’t worry if you can’t find rye flour.
In the second video, I show you how to make a starter using all-purpose flour. Plus, I share a host of solutions to problems that you may encounter when making a starter. I’ve got you covered from start to finish!
How to Make Sourdough Bread
Once you get a successful sourdough starter going, you’ll be ready to bake some sourdough bread. I have a variety of sourdough baking recipes for you to try.
The first video shows you how to make a very traditional sourdough bread. If your palette is new to sourdough bread, and you’re looking for a more mild, less sour, sourdough bread, the second video shows you how to make a no-knead sourdough bread that has a shorter rise time.
More Cracker Recipes
If you enjoyed making the sourdough crackers, try my easy homemade crackers recipe below, where I show you how to make three easy varieties of slice and bake crackers. You can prepare and store the cracker dough in the freezer and bring it out quickly to bake up whenever unexpected company may arrive. (Or whenever you and your family are craving delicious and healthy crackers! 😊)
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No Roll Sourdough Crackers
- Medium-sized mixing bowl
- Sheet pan (18" x13")
- Offset spatula
- 1 1/3 cups Sourdough starter discard Any type of starter made with any variety of flour will work.
- 1/4 cup Olive oil Other oils may be substituted, such as avocado oil or coconut oil. If you use coconut oil, melt it gently to create a pourable consistency and allow it to cool slightly before adding it to the sourdough starter discard.
- 2 tsp Sea salt, divided
- 2 tsp Dried rosemary, divided Any dry herb or combination of dry herbs may be substituted.
- Preheat the oven to 325°F degrees.
- Line the baking sheet with parchment paper. You may also line the baking sheet with aluminum foil (or simply grease the baking sheet very well with additional oil or butter).
- In a medium bowl, pour the sourdough starter discard.
- Add the olive oil, 1 tsp. of salt, and 1 tsp. of the dried rosemary to the bowl. Whisk well until the oil is completely incorporated with the discard. You should see no pools of oil. (See video.)
- Pour the mixture onto the lined or well-greased baking sheet.
- Using a spatula or an offset spatula, spread the discard batter so that it completely covers the sheet pan from corner to corner.
- If desired, sprinkle the remaining salt and dried rosemary on top of the discard batter.
- Place the sheet pan on the middle rack of the oven and bake for 30 minutes.
- Using pot holders, remove the sheet pan from the oven after 30 minutes and place the sheet pan on a heatproof surface.
- Using a pizza cutter or sharp knife, score the discard batter into the size of crackers that you desire. This is easy to do if your sheet pan is lined with parchment paper. If you used aluminum foil or an unlined sheet pan, you need to do this VERY LIGHTLY so as to not cut through the aluminum foil or scratch the sheet pan.
- Return the sheet pan to the oven and continue to bake the scored sourdough discard until it is golden brown and crisp. This will take an additional 15-30 minutes.
- Once the sourdough discard is finished baking, turn off the oven, carefully remove the sheet pan from the oven, and transfer it to a heatproof surface. Allow it to cool completely.
- Once cooled completely, break the crackers along the scored lines, transfer the crackers to a plate, and serve.
- If you prefer not to score your discard batter, you can simply leave your sheet pan in the oven and not remove it at the 30-minute mark. Allow the discard batter to finish baking for an additional 15-30 minutes. When it is golden brown and crisp, turn off the oven and carefully remove the sheet pan from the oven to a heatproof surface. Allow the large cracker to cool completely, and then break it into smaller rustic-shaped crackers. Transfer the fresh crackers to a plate and serve.
- If you want, you can store these sourdough crackers in an airtight container in your pantry. They will stay fresh and crisp for at least two weeks. If you live in an exceptionally humid or damp climate and the crackers become soft, they can easily be re-crisped on a sheet pan in a 200°F oven for approximately 5-10 minutes.
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As a newbie to sourdough and someone who grew up with a mother always saying, “Waste not, want not,” it’s so hard for me to throw out food (even with a compost pile out back). This recipe as made the best use of large quantities of the discard–and super tasty. I even chewed through old dried herbs with this recipe, and love putting additional fresh rosemary from my yard on top with some flaked salt. Thank you!
Oh Jessie!! I am so happy to hear that you like this!! Yes, I am with you and your mom – I can’t stand to waste anything. There is always some way to use up sourdough discard as well as other bit and bobs of scraps around the kitchen! Love, Mary