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sourdough starter drying out

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ghazi

sourdough starter drying out

Hello all

It's been a while since i've posted on this site, i always find the best informationa and advice here. I've been practicing a few ways with making a starter. Used pineapple juice in one of them, Peter Reinharts technique. All his recipes have been working for me and has been a great inspiration. Although i think when making a starter it should be simple just flour and water. After a week of feeding daily it has started to form a crust on the top every morning when i check on it, then i have to mix it to get it back to a thick batter. I tried not putting on the lid tightyl and it still does this. What is the best way to store you starter?

Ghazi

 

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Mebake

Hi, Ghazi! and welcome back.

I store my starter in a glass cup and encase it in a mini loaf size plastic bag with a zip. Link is here.

Alternatively, i use a regular plastic container (transparent) , invert it on the cup and strap it on with a rubber band.

 

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lumos

I only keep small amount of starter in a small jam jar, putting it in a fridge after refreshed.

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ghazi

thanks for your replies. I am starting a new one with water and flour and going to keep feeding it regularlry for first week. fingers crossd. Lumos, amazing bread on yiour page, loving the big air holes and wet interior . well done

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lumos

Thanks, ghazi. That was the bestest ever baguette I made years ago in my early days of 'serious' bread making. It's the best tasting one, too .....and I can't remember how I made it! :p  

Good luck with your new starter!

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ghazi

Hello

When making a wheat based starter can i use all purpose flour instead of strong bread flour?  What i have done is started it off as a rye starter and now want to change to wheat.

ghazi

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ghazi

im sure this will be fine that was a bit of a stupid question. I now have two starters going and have put a damp cloth over each, and seems to beworking better.

 

 

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ghazi

That is one i look forward to make one day. Baguettes are known to be tricky though

Everything about it was scrumptious