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How to maintain and care for your sourdough starter

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Similkameen Sourdough Starter

What You Will Need:

Equipment:
 Glass jar (one quart)
 Coffee filter or tight-weave cloth
 Rubber band
 Mixing utensil

Ingredients:
 Flour: For the Similkameen starter we use a combination of equal parts white, whole wheat, and rye flour. For the Rye starter use 100% Rye flour
 Water that is free of chlorine and fluoride (room temperature)
 1 packet of dehydrated Similkameen Sourdough Culture

Activating your sourdough starter

1. Add packet of starter to 2 Tbsp of flour and 2 Tbsp of room temperature water in a
quart-sized glass jar and stir thoroughly. Cover the jar with a coffee filter or
breathable material, secure with a rubber band, and culture the starter in a warm
place (70-80°F) for 12-24 hours.

2. After 12-24 hours feed the starter with an additional 2 Tbsp of flour and 2 Tbsp of
water. Stir thoroughly.

3. After another 12-24 hours feed the starter with an additional 1/4 cup of flour and 1/4
cup water. Stir thoroughly. Your starter should have the consistency of pancake
batter. Add flour or water to adjust as necessary.

4. After another 12-24 hours feed the starter with an additional 1/2 cup of flour and 1/2
cup water. Stir thoroughly.

5. After another 12-24 hours, discard all but 1/2 cup starter and then feed the starter
with 1/2 cup of water and 1/2 cup of flour. Stir thoroughly. Repeat step 5 every 12-24
hours for an additional 1-3 days. Do this until the starter has the consistency of
pancake batter and is bubbling regularly within a few hours of feeding. That is when
your starter is activated and ready to use.

Storage on the counter – for frequent bakers.

Feed your starter once every 24 hours, discarding all but 1/2 cup of starter, and then
feed the starter with 1/2 cup of water and 1/2 cup of flour.
We suggest 1/2 cup of starter, 1/2 cup of water, and 1/2 cup of flour to keep your
feedings smaller and your starter manageable.

Storage in the fridge – for weekly/monthly bakers

In the refrigerator, your starter goes into hibernation and you only need to feed it
every 5 to 7 days. Feed according to ‘on the counter’ instructions above.

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