The Fresh Loaf

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cranbo's picture

After being intrigued for a while about it, decided to give it a shot this evening. 

  • 1 organic Fuji apple, washed, cored and chopped
  • 2 tbsp raisins
  • 1 tbsp dried cranberries
  • Enough water to just cover
I put everything in a plastic quart container, on top of the fridge, at about 915pm this evening, Day 0.So is that it? Just fruit and water? Nothing else necessary? 

Two questions:

  1. how often should I feed it, and what do I feed it? Do I need to feed it on the same kind of intervals as I do for sourdough starters (i.e., 2x per day)?
  2. Also, are the effects of refrigerating a fruit water starter the same as sourdough (slowing of yeast & bacterial activity)?


Kashipan's picture

Please help! First time starter user!

April 30, 2011 - 4:33pm -- Kashipan

Hello all!

A very kind person from this very site sent me a little bitty of his own sourdough starter, and I followed his directions on how to feed it, but I'm now having trouble, and not sure what I should do!  If anyone can tell me if I'm doing this right, I would be EXTREMELY grateful.

alexandrut03's picture

Starter - feed

April 26, 2011 - 12:14pm -- alexandrut03

Hello again!

My starters are just great! Ok, but there's a little problem.... I feed 'em twice daily... and there's a lot of waste .. .A LOT! ) aprox. 600 grams of flour, just for my feedings). If I switch the feeding routine on 24h, will I lose quality?

Thanks! (again, as always, excuse my English)

steelchef's picture

Has anyone used or considered wine/beer yeast as a sourdough starter?

April 21, 2011 - 11:44pm -- steelchef


I used to make wine in the basement and had great success with natural sourdough starter. It has been six years since moving the wine making to a U-Brew. Now I can't get a natural starter happening.

So, has anyone used a wine or beer yeast to start a poolish?  Any info would be appreciated. I intend to give it a try regardless.


conbrio's picture

Starter for Almost No Knead Bread?

March 14, 2011 - 7:18pm -- conbrio

Hi. New here, new to bread making. I've just baked my fourth No Knead loaf. The first two were Jim Lahey's basic recipe. The crust and crumb were good, but I thought their flavor was a little one-dimensional. The next two were from the Cook's Illustrated Almost No Knead recipe (Jan 2008). Big improvement in flavor, texture still good, higher crown.


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