Dried Starter Instructions

These directions are to reconstitute and bring back to life dehydrated starter:

  1. Stage 1 (Kitchen Counter – 65-75 Degrees Room Temperature)
    1. 1 Tablespoon Dried Starter
    2. 3 Tablespoons Unbleached Flour
    3. 2 Tablespoons Filtered (Brita) Water
      1. Mix in a Pint Mason jar with a butter knife until it looks doughy.
  2. Stage 2 (6 hours or so later)
    1. Add 1/8 cup Filtered Water
    2. Add 1/8 cup Unbleached Flour
      1. Mix until doughy
  3. Stage 3 (Overnight)
    1. Toss 1/2 of mixture
    2. Add 1/4 Cup Filtered Water
    3. Add 1/4 Cup Unbleached Flour
      1. Mix until doughy
  4. Finishing
    1. Dough should have some air bubbles and be rising. A rubber band wrapped around the jar will help you gauge how it is rising.
    2. Don’t be afraid to mix with a knife. I use a knife to pull in the dough towards the center and work it around so it is away from the edge. This actually feeds the starter by bringing more food to the starter.

Care and Feeding

  • Keep it on the counter.
  • If you let it go too long without feeding it will become runny and have an orange tinted cover to the mixture. It will smell a bit of alcohol. This is fine, it’s just hungry. Toss all of it out except about a teaspoon and start over. The first feeding will make it a little happy… The second feeding should see a good rise and it will be ready to use.
  • NEVER give it yeast. You can use yeast in a recipe, but don’t use it in the jar.
  • If you have a good batch and have nothing to do, spread it onto parchment paper and let dry. Grind it up with a blender and you have a backup for future use.
  • Have Fun!!
  • More Starter Info Here!
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