How to Tackle Sourdough Starter Challenges – King Arthur Baking Approach
Well, I have heard you loud and clear…”Mary, help! I have tried so many times to make a sourdough starter, and it’s nothing but one failure after another! What am I doing wrong?”
Don’t worry. I’m here to help! In today’s vodcast, I chat about how to make a sourdough starter and avoid the common challenges that are keeping you from creating the perfect sourdough starter.
This vodcast is the first in a series where I talk about how different books approach making sourdough starter and how to diagnose the problems you may encounter. In today’s vodcast, I introduce the books and focus on the King Arthur Baking Companion book.
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Sourdough Starter Ingredients
The easiest way to get a sourdough starter going is by using rye flour and water. Yeasts and good bacteria love to gobble up the type of starch that is in rye. Using rye flour gets your starter going fast! However, if rye flour isn’t available, you can use another whole grain flour, and as a last resort, you can use all-purpose flour.
But what if you have been using rye flour, but nothing is happening…maybe other than simply growing mold after a couple of days! I know how disheartening that can be, but I am here to share a little secret with you. In addition to adding rye flour and water together, you are going to add a third ingredient that is almost going to guarantee that you are going to have a bubbly starter in about 4 days! Yes! Success, finally!
So join me in today’s sourdough starter vodcast and learn about this helpful ingredient that every new sourdough starter maker may need to create the perfect mix of ingredients for success. If you don’t have rye flour, this ingredient should work with any whole grain flour and even all-purpose flour!
Sourdough Starter Temperatures
One of the biggest foils when it comes to making a sourdough starter can be your kitchen temperature. Sourdough starter likes a warm environment, such as around 80°F. But if you have a cool kitchen and unhappy starter, I have a few clever ideas to warm up a special place for that starter where it will be happy and start to flourish.
For more sourdough starter tips, this vodcast is just the beginning. This first vodcast is part of a special series where I will be helping you make the perfect sourdough starter. You’ll be baking sourdough bread in no time.
Need the Sourdough Starter Basics First?
If you have never tried making a sourdough starter or don’t have a sourdough starter going yet, check out my tutorial videos below. I walk you through the recipe process step-by-step to help get you started. These videos, combined with today’s vodcast will get you started with your starter! 😉
- How to Make a Foolproof Sourdough Starter – Using Rye Flour
- The Complete Sourdough Starter Guide – Using all-purpose flour
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