Fun With Sourdough - Surprising Shortcuts to a Homemade Starter
The day arrives for every serious hobby bread baker when he or she - no longer satisfied with being limited to store-bought yeast - craves for the star among starters - the homemade sourdough!
The usual pathway to your own starter is stirring some flour into water, hoping that, over time, this mixture will attract wild yeasts and lactid acid bacteria to devour and digest the free all-you-can-eat menu. These microorganisms are either clinging to the grains or parachute down from the air.
But there are some surprising shortcuts, especially for those people who, like us, stuff their fridge with so many baking ingredients and condiments that they lose the overview.
Check the back of your fridge, you might find something like THIS!
Or you just visit your local grocery, or supermarket, and look for living cultures in the dairy aisle (no, I don't mean a call for the health inspector!)
You can turn plain old supermarket kefir into a very lively starter!
The title image, by the way, shows a Tartine Porridge Bread, made with the power of kefir!