Basic Sourdough Starter
Makes roughly 1 quart (4 cups/32 ounces) of starter

Day 1

1/2 cup of all-purpose flour (4 ounces)
1/2 cup of filtered or spring water (4 ounces)
a large container (at least 2-3 quarts) with a lid (glass or plastic, avoid metal)

Combine the flour and water in the container until all the flour has been absorbed and there are no more dry particles. It will look like a sticky, thick dough. Scrape down the sides and cover. Put the container somewhere with a consistent room temperature (like the top of the refrigerator) and let sit for 24 hours.

Note: If you’d like a little extra insurance, you can throw in a pinch of commercial yeast to get things started. While not technically ‘authentic,’ this does help get things moving along.

Day 2

1/2 cup of all-purpose flour (4 ounces)
1/2 cup of water (4 ounces)

Your starter should be fairly thick and soupy. You may see a few small bubbles here and there. This is good! The bubbles mean that wild yeast from the air and the flour itself have started making themselves at home in your starter. They will eat the sugars in the the flour and release carbon dioxide (the bubbles) and alcohol. They will also increase the acidity of the mixture, preventing other ‘bad’ microbes from growing.

Add the fresh water and flour. Stir vigorously to combine everything and incorporate more oxygen into the mixture. Scrape down the sides, cover, and let it sit for 24 hours.

Day 3

1/2 cup of all-purpose flour (4 ounces)
1/2 cup of filtered or spring water (4 ounces)

By day three, your starter should be getting nice and bubbly (see below), be the consistency of pancake batter, and have roughly doubled in size. If you taste a little (Go on! Try it!), the mixture should make your mouth pucker with sour and vinegar flavors. It will also smell musty and fermented, a bit like grain alcohol.

Go ahead and mix in the fresh ingredients as with Day 2, cover, and let sit for 24-hours.



Day 4

Repeat day 3.

Day 5

By day 5 (or even day 4) your starter will be ripe and ready to use. The surface will look frothy and fermented (see below), and if you’ve been using a clear container, you can see an intricate network of bubbles when you hold it up. It will smell and taste very pungent and tangy like, well, concentrated sourdough!



At this point, your sourdough is ready to be used, or you can cover and store it in the fridge for up to one week. After a week, you’ll need to refresh the starter by taking out a cup or so of starter (to use or discard) and then “feeding” it with 1/2 cup of flour and 1/2 cup of filtered water. Likewise, after using some of your starter in a recipe, you can replenish what’s left with equal parts flour and water.

Starter will keep indefinitely as long as you feed it every week or so. Treat it like a household plant that needs to be watered and fertilized regularly. It’s very hardy and will even perk back up with a few daily feedings if you’ve neglected it too long. If a clear liquid forms on the top, just stir it in (this is actually alcohol from the wild yeast). The only time you should throw away the starter completely is if that liquid has a pinkish hue, which indicates that the starter has spoiled.

Ready to give it a try? Let us know how your starter is coming along or if you have any trouble along the way!

(All Images: Emma Christensen for the Kitchn)


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Bonnie and Molly

This is Bonnie Belle

This is the wonderful sweet dog my daughter Julie gave me. I love her very much even though she can be a pain to take care of.  She is always getting so dirty and she sleeps in my room right beside my bed. So like tonight I have to get a bowl of water , soap, and wash cloth soak and wash each paw.  Then the stickers and burrs that are so prickly ouch they hurt have to come out one at a time.  Here is a picture of her asleep next to my bed now.  I will show you what she looked like as a puppy too. On my bed to is the dog another dear daughter Kelly gave me her name is Molly she stays with my daughter Sarah now because Bonnie is so jealous of her.  She still visits me a lot.  She is very sweet too.


The Hunter

My Matthew has become quite the Hunter first a doe and now a buck with eight points. He not only shots them but cleans them up and hangs them in the cooler all by himself.  I am very proud of him.  Often I find myself praying for safety not only for himself but others. These deer are literally found very near our front door. We can hear the shots and don’t have  far  in traveling to pick them up.  With his bright orange I can usually keep track of him most of the time.   But I still find myself praying it seems the more he hunts the more I see it that over confidence.  I want to say it is a man thing and can often be good but there still remains in my heart the urgency to be humble and cautious even when it comes to the man things in this life, so I pray quietly.

Devotion Times · Homeschooling

Not cereal!

Matthew never wants cereal for breakfast. He tells me he can go to the barn if he wants cereal (grain).  So at first I didn’t want to but then it occurred to me I will probably have a lot of years in my future that will consist of cereal,  bless that child for the reminder as cranberry scones are delicious.  We had a 4 page test in history covering 20 chapters equal to one quarter of Mystery of History ‘ll.   They both did well praise the Lord. 

Lindajoy and I are still doing our Elizabeth George study of the Young Woman After God’s Own Heart.  We are on chapter 4 the second part of the study on prayer.  Today we looked at Mary’s prayer it always melts my heart at the love and devotion she had to her Heavenly Father.  We are also studying Proverbs 1 with Papa.    He is so faithful to lead us in family Bible times together.
Now for science! 🙂

Devotion Times

Psalm 23

http://www.spurgeon.org/treasury/ps023.htm. This message by by brother Charles is something for the mornings and evenings in our lives and like he says even beyond like the nightingales we mount off singing and continue so that the sound of there voice remains forever.  I CAN FEEL the coolness of the water and the satisfaction of the green pastures.  He is the restorer of my soul.  Selah

Devotion Times

Devotions 2/3/2014

While studying on prayer I became very convicted and yes I do mean convicted, a conviction so sweet and yet so very humbling at the same time that I know my Father was pressing in hard against me.
While reading In Palm 120:6,7 ( verse below ) my heart did a flash back.  Yesterday morning because of some misplaced items from storage in the shop I literally became a monster to my son.  I mean it was all out war I had declared on him. When I should have went to prayer I went into action. Disrupting our precious home with chaos.  My Father called this formless world , chaos before he said let there be light, His Light.  How easy to go to Him for the much needed light in my dark time.  How different our morning would have been.  Then again later in the butcher shop I started off again with a spirit of chaos, loud disruptive, selfish desires right but totally wrong. I WANT PEACE but speak war.  Jesus warns the disciples in Luke 18:1 pray always don’t give up.  I want to change one little two letter word here for my own walk not up but in.  DON’T GIVE IN SEEK ME INSTEAD. God resists the proud, Christie and gives much needed Grace when she is humble. Thank you Father for loving me.     1 Peter5:5,6,7.

sewing fun

Table Runner

We had some sewing fun again today between working in the butcher shop and the farm chores.  We also have a wonderful time in Psalms 20 today.  What a wonderful reminder that before the battle begins He has my victory all planned out.  He is Faithful.   Below is also an apron I made last night out of an old jumper I had on hand.