i want to make a sourdough starter, but I can't figure out if it needs yeast or not. Some recipes say you need yeast or you'll screw it up and some recipes say nope, no yeast. What's worked for you?
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4/5/09 at 8:51pm
I wondered about starter too. I did 1 cup of flour and 1 cup of water water the day before yesterday. Yesterday I dumped out half and added 1/2 cup of water and 1/2 cup of flour. I'm excited to see if it works out or not!
What kind of flour do you use for your starter? Bread flour, or whole wheat, or white, or white wheat? The NT book said to use rye flour but that seems like it would be really heavy and then my DH wouldn't eat it...
I was reading about sourdough in the King Arthur Flour cookbook just the other day. They talked about if you are trying to make a starter in a kitchen where you haven't done any bread baking, it could be really low on natural yeast. In that case, you may want to do a yeast starter. But, if you are doing it in a kitchen you bake bread in a lot, a non yeast starter should work really well and quickly.