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.
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.
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.