Whole Wheat Sourdough Starter

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There`s usually two types of sourdough starters, either wheat or rye. I prefer baking with different kinds of wheat, so this recipe will cover a whole wheat sourdough starter.

Step One: Day 1

1/4 cup whole wheat flour
3/4 cup flour
1 cup water
1 tsp. salt

Mix the ingredients in a bowl (either plastic or ceramic: NO metal!) and cover with a lid,making sure that it`s air tight! Keep in room temperature. Do NOT put it in the fridge!

Step Two: Day 2, 3 & 4

Add the following ingredients each day and mix well:

1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup flour
1/2 cup water

Sidenote: on day 4, the starter should have bubbles, if not you have to start all over again!

Step Three: Day 5, 6, 7 & 8

On day 5, take out 1/2 of the sourdough starter, and add 1 cup flour and 1/2 cup water. Do this in the morning. By night you should take out 1/4 of the starter, and yet again add 1 cup flour and 1/2 cup water. On day 6, 7 & 8, add 1 cup flour and 1/2 cup water, twice a day (approx. 12 hours apart)

During these days the starter should be getting smellier and smellier, i.e the sour smell 😉  and having more and more bubbles. On the last day it should have raised after being fed flour and water. If what you`ve got now is a thick, sticky, smelly and bubbly dough it`s all finished. it should look something like this

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Now you can start baking with the sourdough starter, and since it´s all finished you can keep it in the fridge, but remember to feed it once a week to keep it alive! If you feed it about 1/2 cup flour, and 1/4 cup water a week it`ll keep staying alive, making sure that all that work wasn`t wasted! Sidenote: If you feed it more flour and less water it`ll get real thick, but it`ll also last a lot longer!

Now run along and start making this starter! Please be patient, it does aquire some time, but once you´ve made it, it can last for a really long time, and you don`t have to buy any more yeast! 😉

And when you`ve made the starter you`ll be able to make something like this homemade sourdough bread; IMG_4017 wm

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4 thoughts on “Whole Wheat Sourdough Starter

  1. Pingback: Homemade Sourdough Bread | Memoirs of The Norwegian Girl

    • Me too! I love the moist, juicy taste! I honestly thought it would be more difficult, so I was positively surprised that it wasn`t! Just takes some time to make the starter, but once you`ve made it, you can make loads of different sourdough breads, trying out different techniques and recipes! 🙂

  2. Pingback: Preparing for St.Patrick & Saturday Link | Memoirs of The Norwegian Girl

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