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PostPosted: Sun Feb 28, 2010 6:16 pm 
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Showy Hen
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Has anyone made sourdough starter from bread that was originally made with a sourdough starter? I've read that it can be done.

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 28, 2010 6:25 pm 
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Can't see how that would work as the relevant yeasts would have been killed by the cooking process. Still. Worth a try I guess ... Worst case scenario you get blue mould instead of what you are after ...


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 28, 2010 6:37 pm 
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That's exactly what I thought but I have seen it in a recent edition of a self sufficiency magazine and on the internet (which means it must be true :rofl: ).

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 28, 2010 6:44 pm 
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Ah well, indeed. If it is inprint, it must be true - I suspect, however, that the person in question has accidentally caught some passing yeasts in her mix and that was the source of the 'lift'. Sadly my sourdough books are in storage at present (as is the rest of my life) so can not check. Will ask at the bakery in town that specialises in sourdough breads (the real ones - heavy and moist - taste best on day 3).


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hi all,
my book says that sourdough starter (the mother) can be kept indefinitly in the fridge, you need to "feed" it by using half and adding equal amounts of flour and water.
the original process uses yeast from the air, my MIL used to buy some from the bakery when making sourdough, sadly she is no longer with us to ask which one.

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I remember years ago there was this 'thing' where one person had some sour dough starter and gave a piece (with a recipe)to someone else and made bread from what they had left.

The next person would use the receipe to make more dough (which they'd add the starter piece too) then give a piece to someone else with the receipe and so on. The idea was this one piece of sour dough would travel the country making loaf after loaf from the one piece of starter dough.

Does anyone else remember that, or did I just live in a weird country town? Actually now I think about it, its like bread spam !

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Nope, that's precisely how it works. You can even buy the starter (it's called the "mother") online these days. The Canberra Times Food&Wine section covered sourdough just last week and even provided instructions on how to create your own starter.

It doesn't seem to be online so I'll see if I can't scan it through ...


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Oooh yes please, Infoaddict!

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The sourdough starter and work (George) is 19 years old i think. He gets fed regularly, but i have never seen it done. All i have seen is his bucket where he lives. I'm not sure whether we sell bits of George to the public but i can ask. He makes fantastic Italian, French and Fruit Sourdoughs...to die for!

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Try this website for a good understanding of how starters are created and kept. I started my second one three days ago. My first one made it's way to the back of the fridge and got forgotten about. I probably could have revived it but it was too much effort with a new baby around. Now that she is 1 1/2 it is probably a bit easier.

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 Post subject: Re: Sourdough Starter
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Make sure you watch Gourmet Farmer this Thursday night -- he's learning how to make sourdough! :D

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