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Sourdough sponge in refrigerator

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run100s

Sourdough sponge in refrigerator

I made Theresa Greenway's Sourdough sponge bread and loved it. My question is how long can I keep the sponge in the refrigerator before I proceed with it to make bread. She says to put it in overnight, but I can't get to it overnight, I am hoping i can leave it for 2 days. Thanks!

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Grenage

I routinely leave bread to retard in the fridge for two days, and I've left it for four days when I was in a pinch; no issues so far.

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isand66

I agree.  I'm not sure if her Sponge is a SD sponge or yeast based. Either way, the cold will slow down the yeast and you should be fine. 

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run100s

Yes, it's SD sponge, darn, i read it loses some sour flavor when refrigerated. Gotta' get to baking it before it's flavorless! Thanks for all the help, learning to make sourdough has been fun, challenging and yummy! I won't discuss the "bricks" i made before I finally made a bakery worthy (ok, no look wise) loaf, made me do a kitchen dance :)

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isand66

You can leave it in the refrigerator for about 2 days with no loss in flavor.  At least that is my experience.  I believe it actually will give you a more sour flavor by developing in the cold.