Sourdough Starter – feeding a “thing”

I can’t seem to get the hang of making bread in the bread machine. I will probably try one more time but if my bread comes out looking like this again…

imageI am going to leave the bread machine breadmaking to Josh.

I have, however, been able to successfully make a few breads from scratch, but I don’t usually have the two or three hours needed to do so.  Though I can often find an hour or two to make cookies that look like this…

057Maybe my gifts lie in baking cookies and not bread?

Josh loves sourdough bread. He also seems to be the breadmaker in the family. So I bought a sourdough starter off Amazon. I am of the mind that you can buy anything off Amazon. Is this a little too convenient?  Yes. Does this really bother me? No. If I don’t have to drive somewhere and take my 5 kids with me to buy it then it’s a win-win, right?

Sourdough starter from Breadtopia. It has enough starter for 3 tries.
Sourdough starter from Breadtopia. It has enough starter for 3 tries. I am good at killing plants. Hopefully, I didn’t kill this one.
Simple method: flour, spring water, mason jar, yeast starter, a teaspoon (not shown), and a tablespoon
Simple method: flour, spring water, mason jar, yeast starter, a teaspoon (not shown), and some tablespoons

I used unbleached all-purpose flour. The mason jar is a quart size one I think.

1 teaspoon of starter
1 teaspoon of starter
1 Tablespoon of spring water mixed with the starter. Let it sit for a few minutes.
1 Tablespoon of spring water mixed with the starter. Let it sit for a few minutes.
1 Tablespoon of flour mixed in.
1 Tablespoon of flour mixed in.
Let it hang out on the counter for 24 hours. Josh looked at it and said,
Cover it with plastic wrap and let it hang out on the counter for 24 hours. Josh looked at it and said, “This is it?”

So tomorrow at 3:30, I have to feed this thing more flour. I asked Josh if we should name it. He, of course, looked at me like I was crazy. I would call it “Thing” anyway. I hope it doesn’t grow a hand.

If all goes well, we will eventually have enough starter for Josh to make some sourdough bread. I am considering not buying bread anymore and just having Josh make it for us! My kids go crazy for homemade bread anyway so they would be very happy about that.

Maybe I will try to make bread this week from scratch just to see if I can. 🙂

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