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MAKE YOUR OWN SOURDOUGH STARTER




Have You Tried to Find Yeast?

Have you tried to find yeast in the stores? I found some on Amazon that was inflated by 14 times the regular store price. Amazon shut the folks down for gouging on the hand sanitizers and the masks; why are they not shutting everyone down who gouges to teach them a lesson?

My Favourite Yeast

Other than my sourdough starter, I have found Red Star Yeast gives me consistent results. Like most yeast, though, it is sold out.

What to Do?

If you cannot find store-bought yeast, why not make your own starter by following the steps below. It is not difficult


How to Make the Starter?

It is not difficult to make the starter, and following these simple steps, should get you quickly to having your own sourdough starter that you can grow and possibly hand off to your kids and friends.

Day 1:

To begin, you will need a large jar – I use a crock pot – it needs to be able to hold at least one litre.

Add ½ cup each of water and flour. Some say to use rye flour, but white flour works well too. Mix and add a little water or flour if required to make your starter the consistency of a thick pancake batter. Once mixed, cover the jar with cheese cloth or a loosely woven piece of cloth.

Day 2:

One day later, add ½ cup each of water and flour to the mix. Again, add a little flour or water to maintain the consistency of a thick pancake batter. Cover and let sit for another day.

Day 3:


You should see bubbles forming on the top of your starter by now, and you are getting close to being able to use as your yeast. But you need to feed your mix a third time with a ½ cup of water and flour, keeping the similar consistency. Mix and cover for another 24 hours.

Day 4:

Remove 1 cup of mix and discard. Replace with the ½ cup of water and 1 cup of flour, adding a little flour or water to keep a similar consistency.

Day 5:

Through the 4th and 5th day, your mix should be quite bubbly. If it is bubbling nicely, it is ready to use. Give a good stir and extract 1 cup of sourdough starter. With this 1 cup of starter, you are ready to make your first loaf of sourdough bread.


To keep the starter going, when you take a cup, replace with a 1/2 cup of water and 1 cup of flour. It is that easy.

Storing my Sourdough Starter


I keep my starter on the counter as I use it almost every day. Whether it is for making bread or pancakes, there always seems to be something that can be made better tasting with the sourdough starter.

If I am not going to use for a period of time, so I do not have to feed it, I pop it in the fridge. I have had mine in there for about one month, taking it out one day ahead of wanting to use it for baking. Take it out, discard 1 cup of the mix and feed with ½ cup of water and one cup of flour. Let it “wake up” on your counter for 24 hours after which it should be bubbly and ready to use.

And that is it. In less than one week you will be able to make wonderful home-made products for you and your family with your own sourdough starter.

Shortly, I will provide the simple bread recipe I use, which can give you fantastic results.

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At Discount Motor City, used cars Surrey we love helping people any way we can. Cooking is a passion of some of our staff, and making home-made bread tops the list. We are happy to be able to provide information that may help that does not specifically relate to cars. But it does relate to our obsession to help. And if you might need a quality used car, we have a great selection of quality used cars for sale in Surrey.

If you have any questions about used cars or about making bread, we would love to hear from you; and, if you make some home-made bread, why not send us a photo to waynesbestbread@gmail.com so that we can post it? Let’s show the rest of Canada and the world what “our bread is made of.”

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