Starter Jar and Additives
First a great Thank You to SourdoLady whos wonderful instructions got me a healthy bubbling yeast starter with zero problems. Now well on it's way and living in the fridge. I've made a few loaves and they were wonderful. Thank you SourdoLady!!
However, I noticed with the daily feedings what a pain it was to get my hand in the jar to clean it. I am using a quart sized canning jar and my hand does not fit in the opening well enough to clean the jar comfortably. So now I'm on a search for the perfect starter jar. My requirements are fairly simple. I would prefer glass and clear enough that I have some idea what's going on inside. It should be big enough to hold a fair amount of starter and more importantly have big opening for easy to cleaning.
What are you using to keep your starter in?
I've been making a "sponge" to start my loaves. It seems to work well for me. My question is does any one add things to their sponge? I put a little lite molasses in one. The sponge came out smelling a little rummy and I thought I could taste it in the bread. Does anyone add other ingredients at this part of the process or can it muck it all up?