December 4, 2008 - 5:41pm
Shipping it: the "sourdough paper"
I just came up with the new starter shipping method -- no white powder involved.
To create the “sourdough paper” I placed the sheet of Bounty paper towel on the plastic wrap film and poured the starter on the paper. Then I dried it for a couple of days. Bounty is good because it does not disintegrate easily in water. The dried towel sheet is just a piece of paper and can be mailed easily without any special precautions in the normal mail envelope.
I tried restoring the starter from this form and it worked great. I’ve placed a little piece of
"sourdough paper" (2 x 2 inch) on the bottom of the cup and put around 1.5 Tbs of purified water and 1 Tbs of flour, gently mixed it and covered with the plastic wrap. On the second day I've added one more Tbs of water and 1 Tbs of flour. By the end of the second day the starter got all bubbly and going strong (the texture and the smell are great). I then discarded the paper and continued feeding as usual.