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onion rings made from leftovers after feeding wild yeast starter

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onion rings made from leftovers after feeding wild yeast starter

Onion Rings - June 2008

I've been meaning for ages to rave about the onion rings we made weeks ago using Tanna's (My Kitchen in Half Cups) brilliant idea for using up left over sludge after feeding the wild yeast. They were fabulous!! And very very bad for us. Because we want to have onion rings every day. This is not good. I really don't want to have to buy new trousers.

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paddyboomsticks

Thank god we don't have any onions at the moment, that photo looks too delectable!

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ejm

Thank you, pbs! I know what you mean. Just posting the photo for this post made us suddenly NEED to have onion rings again last night. They really are the best. In fact, just like Tanna (mykitcheninhalfcups.com) said in her post about onion rings, we're tempted to just keep our wild yeast starter going to make onion rings with the leftovers after feeding and forget the bread completely. ;-D

-Elizabeth 

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ehanner

Elizabeth,
I notice you add 2 T of sparkling water to the batter. Is that a critical component? It seems like maybe it would help it foam up. Maybe a little baking soda or powder would work also. What do you think?

Eric 

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ejm

Jamie Oliver uses sparkling water in his batters for deep frying too.  So I do believe that the sparkling water is essential. In her recipe, Tanna said that it should be cold soda water. (no idea if that's necessary)

Personally, I'd be disinclined to use baking powder (I'm always nervous about the tartaric acid - it's SO bitter) but I suppose that baking soda would work if you don't have sparkling water. But I really don't know, having little knowledge of the chemistry of it all. 

-Elizabeth 

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Paddyscake

I've also seen beer used in batters. I don't know with the starter though, might be too much.

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ejm

Beer might be fine to use. There isn't that much starter and it's leftover at that. And not that much sparkling water either. But the sweetness from the beer might be too much for the onions. They're already quite sweet as it is.

Elizabeth