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Let me start this post by saying that I have never had to make a sourdough starter. I have had people in my life from whom I have been able to get some sourdough starter and then care for that. I am pretty good at caring for starters. I have my wheat sourdough starter for about 8 years now and it has been a faithful companion to my family.My quinoa flax starter I have had for just a few months but we are becoming friends as well. These are my kitchen servants and I try and take good care of them.
So how does one get a sourdough starter> As I see it there are 3 ways in order of ease of preparation.
1) Find a friend who will share with you. I give away sourdough starter to my friends and relations about once/month these days. It fits since I am always talking about how great sourdough is that folks will want to try it and I can share. Starter can even be mailed although it can be a bit tricky. (Please don’t ask me to as a result of this post though.)
2) Buy a dried starter from a reliable company who sells them. I recommend two companies: Cultures for Health. They sell a number of different sourdough starters as well as kefir starter and all things fermented. The second company I recommend is especially for those who are gluten free. It is Gluten Free Sourdough Company. I will be posting a review on the Gluten Free Sourdough Company within a week or two as I am currently trying out her GF sourdough bread mixes.
3) You can make your own. I have posted my sister in law’s recipe here on this site for the quinoa- flax gluten free sourdough starter.
I also have a round up for recipes from other bloggers who have posted various sourdough starter recipes.
Tiffany from Don’t Waste the Crumbs has two recipes: How to Make a Sourdough Starter.
Andrea from It Takes Time has a recipe for a gluten free sourdough starter with several flour options.
Wardee of GNOWFGLINS has a free video on how to make a sourdough starter. It is part of her ecourse on sourdough.
So what is holding you back? Take the plunge and try making your own sourdough. If you need some motivation for why sourdough skip over to my post Why I Love Sourdough So Much.