Where to start?
After a few years of considering making my own sourdough bread I think I am ready to take on the responsiblity of a sourdough starter. BUT I have no idea where to begin. I have made plenty of beautiful loaves using regular yeast so I know the basics pretty well but I hear that sourdough can be completely different. If someone could point me in the right direction I would be very grateful. Everything I have tried to read on this website has only confused me more. It seems everybody has a different way of making a starter and I have no way to know which is the best. (I am looking for something relatively easy in terms of work involved and a very reliable method) And then once I make the starter, then what? I don't have any recipes that call for a starter. I guess I just need a very clear concise explanation on how to begin. Also, I need to make sure to keep the bread (and starter) dairy free. Thanks in advance.