Here are my favorite sourdough recipes, tips, and tutorials!
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Sourdough Tips and Videos:
I demonstrated this
- Watch the Facebook replay here!
- I shared a very short demo of how I feed my sourdough starter on IGTV.
- And how I resurrect my sourdough starter after it hibernates in the fridge for a few months (because sometimes we need a break from sourdough).
Feed Your Starter Cheat Sheet:
- I use a quart-size mason jar to hold my starter.
- When feeding, I add 2-3 tablespoons of starter to the jar, stir in 80 grams each of unbleached flour, filtered water (just a Brita filter to get the chlorine out), and stir it together.
- Save the leftover starter and make pancakes or something (see below!)
- Let the starter sit on the counter for 4-12 hours, until it doubles or triples in size. The starter is ready to add to a recipe now. Eventually, it will start to deflate, in which case it passed its ideal time to add to a recipe (just feed it again and wait until it poofs up again).
My Top Quick Sourdough Tips:
- If you make your own starter, wait at least six weeks before attempting bread without any added yeast. You want a really healthy strong starter.
- Be careful using metal or stainless steel bowls and spoons with sourdough starter. You’ll mostly be okay, but acid reacts with metal. So never store your starter long-term in a metallic container.
- After years of measuring the flour and water in cups (which is not accurate and didn’t yield consistent results), I finally got this food scale. I hate to be the person who says you NEED a food scale to make great sourdough bread, but seriously, sourdough is 1000% simpler now.
What to do with Sourdough Discard
I don’t like food waste, so I don’t throw out my extra sourdough starter after feeding it. This “discard” is actually really delicious and can be used in all kinds of recipes. So I pour it into a mason jar that stays in the fridge, adding more to it every time I feed my starter, and then eventually, I can use it in a recipe.
There are a TON of recipes online that use for sourdough discard. My personal favorite is these pancakes.
My Favorite Sourdough Recipes
Easiest Sourdough Bread Ever – Very simple, EASY, and forgiving recipe. If you are just starting with sourdough, make this first for an easy win!
Easy Sourdough Sandwich Bread – a simple, inexpensive sourdough bread recipe baked in loaf pans – no kneading required.
Non-Crumbly Whole Grain Sandwich Bread – I make the sourdough version of this (see post).
Pretty Simple Sourdough – that round artisan sourdough loaf you’ve dreamed of! They also have a bunch of tutorials for feeding and making your own starter. It requires more equipment and hands-on work, but it will give you the best sourdough loaf ever.
Sourdough Pancakes – I use discard instead of
I’m not the authority on sourdough baking. Hopefully, one day I will be an expert. For now, the best thing I can do is point you to other experts who have awesome posts, videos, and resources for making sourdough simple and successful!
My friend Wardee shares A LOT of information (and videos!) about healthy sourdough. Here are some of her tips:
- How to Start a Sourdough Starter
- Healthiest Bread Ever (free
- 11 Tips for Lighter, Less Dense Sourdough
- Sourdough A to Z (eBook & Video)
- Pressure Cooker Sourdough Cornbread (Instant Pot or Stovetop)