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Question re: what to do with dehydrated starter update

pmcgrah608's picture

Question re: what to do with dehydrated starter update

Thanks to the inspiration of this forum, I created a wild sourdough starter on Sept 19.  It has created some wonderful breads, so I followed someone's idea to dry some starter by spreading it thinly on waxed paper and letting it dry.  Now I have fingernail sized flakes of dry starter.  Should I put it in a blender to make the flakes smaller?  Do I store this at room temperature or in the refrigerator, or freezer?  How can I re-activate the dried starter?  I still have some of my original starter.  This dehydrated starter is a backup, "just in case".

Thank you,



Oct 28 update:  I rehydrated some of my dehydrated starter, and fed it, and it sat there and did nothing. :-(

It was good and bubbly when I spread the starter out to begin drying.  My starter is fairly wet, (usually 1:1:1) , and it took almost 48 hours to dry.   Do you think the yeasts could have burned themselves out during the drying period?  Did I let it get too bubbly before drying?  Does anyone else have any experience with a dried starter?  This must be how people can package and mail a sourdough starter.

 This was an experiment, thankfully I still have some of my original mix!  :-)


AnnieT's picture

Patti, check out Breadtopia under sourdough starter and I'm pretty sure Eric tells how to bring it back to life. I know he shows how to dry it, A.

pmcgrah608's picture

Thank you!  I will go there now!   Patti

KipperCat's picture

Interesting.  Please let us know what you find out.

Darkstar's picture

You can find Eric's video instructions for reviving a dried/dehydrated sourdough starter on Breadtopia at

He also shows how to dry your own to save a nice starter incase life gets busy or disaster strikes and your wet, working starter dies.  That way all the little yeasties are in a happy suspended state and can be stored in a safe place like a cupboard or fire-proof lock box. ;)

I purchaced his dried starter and it woke up quickly and has made very good bread after I followed his instructions for reviving it at the above link.

I'm still very much a sourdough novice but I'm loving baking with non-commercial yeast!