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sourdough on holiday

Trexrules88's picture

sourdough on holiday

Hey, sorry I always feel as though I am bothering everyone with these bread novice posts, but I have this sourdough starter that im leaving for two weeks due to a holiday, is there anyway I can keep it happy till then?

Thanks very much, Nils

daveazar531's picture

two weeks isnt a very long time for a starter. just give it a feeding right before you leave and enjoy your trip


you can also dry your starter an put it in the freezer for like up to 3 years...


check this out


Ambimom's picture

Two weeks should be no problem.  Feed it and put it in a closed container in your refrigerator.  When you return from vacation, you probably will see a lot of brownish liquid floating on top.  I usually pour it off but you can mix it in if you like.  Then feed your starter and it should be just as good as it ever was. 

 I only bake every 12 to 15 days so my starter is kept in the refrigerator until I'm ready to bake. It's been alive and well for 4 years now. 


Trexrules88's picture

oh right, thanks a lot guys

gmagmabaking2's picture

Looks like you got the same answers I would have posted... know that questions are never a bother, they create opportunities for this great group of bakers to share their knowledge. Always ask... questions are great conversation starters.

Enjoy your holiday.


dabrownman's picture

feed it you can reduce the hydration to say 70% by feeding it a little extra flour.  This will keep the brown stuff from floating on the top and give your cold starter more food to tide it over.