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Dry starter

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Help with activating dry starter

January 7, 2013 - 1:40pm -- tnjoann

I am brand new to sourdough..... well I had a starter years ago but it was given by a friend and I just had to feed it.  I ordered a Friends of Carl sourdough starter  and followed these instructions  beginning last night.Italicized text  below is so you can the instructions I followed.The bold text is what I actually did and observed.    Get a small container. Begin with one tablespoon of lukewarm water, stir in 1/2 teaspoon of your starter and let stand for a few minutes to soften the start granules. Then mix in one tablespoon of flour.

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Drying a starter. Is it possible?

June 9, 2011 - 1:53pm -- Damp Patch


I've recently discovered this website and think it looks fantastic.

I've just been wondering recently if it is possible to dry, and therefore keep indefinitely, a soughdough starter.

If you were to spread some starter out on a baking tray, let it completely dry out for a few days and then flake it into an airtight bag, would you then be able to bring it back to life at a much later date?

Has anybody tried this as I'm tempted to give it a go in case I ever kill my starter.

Thanks, and I look forward to learning a lot more from this site in future.

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"backing up" my starter..

October 12, 2009 - 5:46pm -- ArieArie

I was always paranoid about my starter dying or mutating.. every year or so I dry some and save in the freezer in case I need it. 

I have 6 years worth of starter.

Last month I did something really stupid and killed my starter.  

To give a starter a good start after feeding, I sometime put it in the oven with the light on until it bubbles nicely.

and of course I forgot about it, and turned on the over to preheat to 500f.  when I realized what I did it was too late and teh starter was coocked, literally.


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