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Haven't fed my starter in over a month

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loafgirl

Haven't fed my starter in over a month

I had a great sourdough starter that I had been keeping in my fridge and feeding each week.  We luckily have remodeled our kitchen and I have been without appliances and a sink for a while now, so I haven't fed my starterin over a month.  When I looked at it yesterday, It had about 1/2 inch of liquid on top.  I dumped out hte liquid and stirred what remained.  Surprisingly it didn't look or smell too bad.  Is it any good anymore??  I would think not, but I have no idea.  If it can be saved, I would assume it would need a few feedings before I can beging baking with it again?  HELP! 

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ClaireC

I've neglected my starter for at least a month, more than once (and with much less excuse than having my kitchen redone).  My experience is that it bounces back just fine.  Be especially kind and attentive to it for a few days and it should soon be back to good condition.


I guess every starter and set of conditions is different, but that's what worked for me.  Be enouraged and don't give up on it!

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loafgirl

Great!  Thank you!  I miss my bread!  Getting our appliances in two days so hopefully by Monday I'll be baking again!  I'm sure my next issue will be getting used to a brand new oven....AAHH!!!

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Just Loafin

Mike Avery has a page dedicated to reviving a starter. Suggested reading : )


http://sourdoughhome.com/revivingastarter.html


- Keith

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loafgirl

Great info.  Thanks for your response.

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Mini Oven

I've begun reviving one of mine.  It's 7 months old!  But I did prepare it for it's journey.  It's rising on the window sill now.  Started Yesterday.  Love the faint smell of apples and pears!  Will post on my blog the juicy details after.... after I've got some bread to show for it.


Tip:  Take your sample from the middle and keep the amounts small at first.


Mini

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loafgirl

Please do, I love seeing pictures!  Good tip on the sample.