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rhea

Starter Question

Your recipe for starter, after day 4, says to repeat day 4 until the mixture begins to expand and smell yeasty. Does this mean to discard the 1/4 th. cup every day after day 4 and add the flour and water, or do you just add the flour and water after day 4 and not discard any of the mixture each day?

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SourdoLady

Yes, you would continue to discard the 1/4 cup each time before feeding. This keeps your starter fresh.

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rhea

Thanks Sourdolady for responding. I wasn't sure if I should discard each time, but you have clarified and again, I thank you.

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andrew_l

If, like me, you hate waste - add the discarded starter to your next yeasted dough - it will add a little more flavour.
Andrew

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rhea

Thanks Andrew, good idea.