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What do I do with 1 tbsp of leaven

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Emilyb

What do I do with 1 tbsp of leaven

so glad I found this site as my journey with sourdough begins. I was given 1 tbsp of leaven to start my sourdough bread making.   I just fed it enough for one loaf.   I have saved a  tblsp or so to go into the refrigerator until my next batch of bread.   Do I have to feed it prior to putting this small amount in the refrigerator?  I have read many articles but I was unsure.  

thanks 

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hreik

Tbs of dough (a kitchen scale in ounces or grams is essential).  Then add that exact weight of water (not tap water unless you've left it out 24 hours to get rid of the chlorine). Stir and add that exact weight of flour, stir and let sit, all day.  Lets say your TBS weighs 2 ounces.

weigh out 2 ounces of water, add it and stir.  then 2 ounces of flour, add and stir.  Let sit all day or all night until you see some activity.  Now do the same thing

6 ounces of starter, add 6 ounces of water and 6 ounces of flour.  Then stir, let sit and refrigerate until you are ready to use it. 

Make sure you always have enough to feed and restart.


Good luck

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Emilyb

Thank you