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Dump it or use it?

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Janknitz's picture

Dump it or use it?

I had every good intention of making SD english muffins this weekend.  The formula I'm using is Wildyeast's here, which calls for a preferment.  I made up the preferment Saturday night and it was nicely bubbly and risen in the morning.

But I never got around to making it.  I had to run what I thought was a quick errand after breakfast which turned into a long errand.  When I came home around 2 p.m. the preferment still looked and smelled good, but I needed to do other things, so I tossed it in the fridge, intending to proceed within a few hours.  

It was miserably hot yesterday, and I never got around to it.  It sits in the fridge still and I must work today, meaning tonight will be the soonest possible time to use it.  That's a full 48 hours for a preferment meant to be used within 8 to 12 hours.  

is it a lost cause, or worth a try if it still looks and smells OK this evening?  

davidg618's picture

It's probably got life in it, but saving it would likely be as much work (and ingredients) as making a new preferment.

David G