It may seem daunting to consider making a sourdough starter. But, it is actually very easy.
Rye is the simplest type of flour to use that works extremely well for creating your own rye sourdough starter.
- rye flour
- a glass/ceramic bowl
- cheesecloth to cover the bowl
To get your starter going all you have to do is mix rye flour with water, stir until it forms a soupy mixture, cover with cheesecloth and let it sit. Each day, simply add more flour and water and transfer the mixture to a clean bowl (and recover it with the cheesecloth).
After just a couple of days your mixture will be bubbly!
Here’s how the starter looks on the fourth day:
Once you have your starter going, it is very easy to maintain. Simply store it in a jar in your refrigerator and it will keep for at least a few weeks without being fed. Alternatively, you may freeze it until you’re ready to use it.
It is pretty cool to see the bread rise and turn out when all you started with was flour and water! Once you’ve got your starter going it is simple to use your sourdough starter to make bread.