zero waste sourdough starter
baking with jack tip # 71
I have been baking with sourdough for decades. Initially, I followed bread cookbook recipes that would have me discard 70% or more of the starter.
Serendipitously, One bread baking day, I forgot to save some of my starter for the next bake. I had set the bowl of starter in the sink with hot soapy water!! I scraped about a half a teaspoon of starter stuck around the rim of the bowl into a clean small bowl, added Little bit of water, and flour, and murmured, “please grow”. And it did after several feedings! That was 25 years ago, and I still use the same robust starter.
so the point is, you do not need to maintain a ridiculously large amount of sourdough starter. It Is wasteful. You change the acidity and flavor profile with the levain you build up from the initial tiny amount of starter.
Baking with Jack, shows you how.