Making your own starter

It is very easy to create your own sourdough starter.  All you need is some good quality whole-wheat flour and water and a little patience.  I like to use either filtered water or boiled, cooled water. What’s in a Starter? There are two microorganisms that combine to make sourdough bread. They are yeasts and lactobacillus […]

Written By Warwick Beard

On August 21, 2020

It is very easy to create your own sourdough starter.  All you need is some good quality whole-wheat flour and water and a little patience.  I like to use either filtered water or boiled, cooled water.

What’s in a Starter?

There are two microorganisms that combine to make sourdough bread. They are yeasts and lactobacillus bacteria and luckily for us these exist all over the place- even in your kitchen.  You also find an abundance of dried yeasts in whole-wheat flour, particularly organic. 

How to make a starter

To make your starter place 1 tablespoon of flour and 1 tablespoon of water in a clean jar.  Mix together and sit a loose fitting lid on the jar. Put your jar in a warm spot.   The next day add another tablespoon of water and flour and mix. 

Do this every day for a week.  After a week you should have a nice bubbly mix which has a pleasant sour smell.

You have created a local starter you can use to make your very own sourdough bread.

Happy baking

Wazza