New to sourdough and confused by stater.
Hello all on thefreshloaf,
I've been reading the forum here for a short time now and, having baked with shop-yeast for quite a while now and got the basics of baking, have decided to delve into sourdough.
I started my starter two days ago now and so far all looks well (I'll keep you posted). Within 24 hours of mixing it up, I had bubbles on the top so gave it its first feed. Within 12 hours of this it had managed to bubble up and double in size. Hurray! Having read around and seen multiple articles it appears they need feeding on average daily to every two days. I've just given it its second feeding. My main question is...
Is there a simple method to the feeding procedure?
I know it isn't exactly difficult but I found emptying the jar to weigh it then measuring out and mixing back in created quite a mess (I somehow expected there to be a simple way around this). I also felt compelled to clean the jar the starter had been in while it was out for measuring as it had clumpy bits stuck to the sides. All in all it seems easy enough just not as quick and simple as some have made out... and as a daily task I can imagine me finding days I just really can't be bothered.
Also... I'm wondering about storing it in the fridge once it is healthy. Any views? Some pages seem to suggest this is fine and you simply feed it less often (bonus for me), but other sites that it will quickly die in the fridge. I'm already in a cold climate (being in the north of England) so was suprised it got going at all!
Any help / suggestions would be much appreciated.
Thanks in advance,