How much of my starter should I use for a sourdough loaf?

How much of my starter should I use for a sourdough loaf?

As you build up enough starter for your recipe, make sure you always retain a little extra, just ¼-½ cup is enough. What do you do with this extra starter? If you bake infrequently, store the extra starter in the refrigerator and feed it once per week. Read our instructions on Maintenance Feeding for Sourdough Starter.

What is the ratio of sourdough starter to flour for bread?

If using measuring cups, combine 1 part sourdough starter, 1 part water, and a little less than 2 parts flour. For example, ¼ cup of starter, ¼ cup water, and a little less than ½ cup flour. Cover; place in a warm area, 70°-85°F, for 8-12 hours.

How much starter do you put in bread?

Remove however much starter you need for your recipe — typically no more than 227 grams, about 1 cup. If your recipe calls for more than 1 cup of starter, give it a couple of feedings without discarding, until you’ve made enough for your recipe plus 113 grams to keep and feed again.

What happens if you just bake sourdough starter?

It takes time for a starter to strengthen enough—to contain enough yeast—to bake with. Baking with an immature starter will result in dense bread, or even bread that does not rise at all.

How soon after feeding sourdough starter can I use it?

between 4 and 12 hours
The very short answer is, your sourdough starter generally will be at its peak anything between 4 and 12 hours after feeding. The optimum time to use it will be when there are lots of bubbles at its surface and it has has physically risen to its peak level, just before deflating back down again.

Can you overfeed a sourdough starter?

Yes, you can overfeed your sourdough starter. Audrey explains: “Every time you add more flour and water, you are depleting the existing population of natural bacteria and yeast.” If you keep adding more and more, eventually you’ll dilute the starter so much that you’ll just have flour and water.

Should my sourdough starter be thick?

The rule of thumb is consistency – it should be a very thick batter to start with, so it just pours. If it’s runny, it’s too thin, and if it’s a dough, it’s too thick. You can vary the consistency later, when you know what you’re doing.

Do you Stir sourdough starter before using?

You don’t need to stir on schedule, but whenever it’s convenient, give it a little stir, whether it’s a couple times a day or a dozen because you happen to be in the kitchen. By the end of Day 2, there were more obvious bubbles in the mixture.

Why do you discard half the sourdough starter?

Discarding some first allows you to add this fresh food, whilst maintaining your starter at a manageable size. Not discarding your starter will also affect the flavor of your starter. Not discarding before you feed will cause too much acidity which may eventually be detrimental to your microbes.

How do I know my starter is ready?

Fill a glass bowl or cup with room-temperature water, and drop a small scoop (a teaspoon or less) of the starter into the water. If it floats, it’s ready to use. If it sinks, your starter will need more time to develop, either with another feeding or simply more time to sit and develop air bubbles.

Should I Feed My sourdough starter if it hasn’t risen?

Your sourdough starter should be rising predictably and on regular feeding schedule. If your starter is barely rising between feedings or taking a significantly long period to peak using a high feeding ratio (1:1:1), it is most likely not strong enough to naturally leaven bread.

How do I know when my sourdough starter is ready to bake with?

Check the Volume An active sourdough starter can quickly double its volume. If you note that the volume has doubled four hours after feeding it, your starter should be ready for baking. To test this, place a piece of tape to mark your starter’s volume and then check back four hours after feeding it.

How do you make bread with a starter?

In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in water. Let stand 10 minutes. In a 2 quart container glass, plastic or ceramic container, combine 1 cup flour and 1 cup sugar. Mix thoroughly or flour will lump when milk is added. Slowly stir in 1 cup milk and dissolved yeast mixture.

What to make with sourdough starter?

flour for your sourdough starter. Any flour, provided it’s a grain-based flour, will work for making a sourdough starter. Rice flour, rye flour, spelt flour, whole wheat flour, barley flour, sprouted flour, einkorn flour, bread flour – they all work.

When can I use my sourdough starter?

Take your sourdough starter from the refrigerator. I usually feed my starter the night before I am going to use it. You don’t have to feed it at night, you can do it anytime, just give it at least 6-12 hours to ferment (until it looks bubbly, especially on the sides of the jar) before you use it to make your bread.

How to make sourdough starter from scratch?


  • Supplies: Water: If you know your tap water to be high in chlorine,fill a vessel and let it sit uncovered overnight to release the chlorine before using to mix
  • Day 1: Initial Mix.
  • Day 2: First Feeding.
  • Days 3 to 5: Two Feedings Per Day.
  • Days 4 and 5: Checking In.
  • Day 5 or 6: Ready to Go!