I recently got a dehydrated sourdough starter from carlsfriends.net which was free and arrived quickly in the mail! I followed instructions for re-hydrating it from the e-course that I am taking (basic instructions below). After a few days of feeding it and caring for it, it was ready for its first debut in food today! I make some sourdough pancakes. While they were very tasty, I think I still have some learning and some tweaks. First off, I think that a very young starter acts a little differently than a mature starter. Mine is still a baby and is learning how to do life in the real world. Haha. Pancakes turned out yummy with a great taste, but they were a little dense and chewy. Sounds gross for a pancake, but Alex and I decided that we would put it in a different category than “pancakes” and then we were ok with it. More like a little tasty breakfast cake. We ate it with honey and fresh strawberry syrup. Anyways, I’ll try again soon!
Here’s how I re-hyrdrated my starter.
Day 1: pour dehydrated starter pack into clean mason jar and mix with 1/4 cup of WARM water and 1/4 flour. Let sit for 24 hours.
Day 2-5(?): add 1/2 cup of flour and 1/2 cup WARM water to jar and mix vigorously. Let sit in warm spot for 12 hours. Repeat this process for 2-3 days every 12 hours adding 1/2 cup flour and 1/2 warm water. Mix in any liquid that forms on top. Starter should look bubbly and alive.
Notes: Try to keep between 1-1.5cups of starter at any given time (so you will have to dump some out). When you think its ready, save one cup of starter and toss the rest. Then feed the starter again and use in your first recipe!
Here’s what Lizbet looks like just after a feeding! (Leandra calls her Emily Elizabeth)