Danish Rye Sourdough Starter

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Our Danish Rye Sourdough Starter is a wonderful basic rye sourdough starter, great for baking rye sourdough bread and other sourdough recipes. Try it today in these CFH favorites: No-Knead 100% Rye Sourdough LoafSeeded Rye Sourdough CrackersSourdough Rye Rolls with Cheddar Hearts, and more!

Your Danish Rye Sourdough Starter: What's in the Box? 

  • Each box contains 1 packet of dehydrated Danish Rye Sourdough Starter Culture
  • Store in a cool, dry place until ready to activate.
  • Activate using rye flour and unchlorinated, unfluoridated water.
  • Our Danish Rye Sourdough Starter is easy to use and maintain.
  • Learn more about sourdough baking and using rye flour in your sourdough.


Danish Rye Sourdough Starter Ingredients:

  • Organic rye flour, live active cultures
  • Non-GMO

Danish Rye Sourdough Starter Instructions and Troubleshooting: 

  • Dried sourdough starter cultures can be ready to create baked goods within 3-5 days.
  • Sourdough starters culture at room temperature, 70-85ºF. 
  • Instructions for using this starter are included and can be found here.
  • Having trouble activating your sourdough starter? Browse our Sourdough Troubleshooting Articles or contact us for assistance.


Danish Rye Sourdough Starter Shipping Information and Shelf-life:

Our Danish Rye Sourdough Starter Culture is shipped in a barrier-sealed packet as a dehydrated culture. The starter is best if stored:

  • At room temperature (68° to 78°F): 12 months
  • In the refrigerator (40° to 45°F): 12+ months
  • In the freezer (0° to 25°F): 12+ months

Danish Rye Sourdough Allergen Information: 

Manufactured in a facility that produces products made with gluten and dairy.

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Why I Love This Product

My Danish rye activated very quickly and bubbles happily. It smells wonderful! I leave it on the counter rather than putting it in the fridge since we use it so much. The portion I discard every night becomes overnight pancakes or waffles for breakfast. And we love the bread I make several time a week. I add rye flour and a mix of other flours for a wheat-free bread.

 Sarah, Customer Support Assistant Manager



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  • From Marian M. at 5/25/2013 7:27 PM
    • For the Danish Rye Sourdough Starter, are you supposed to only use rye flour?
    • When you first activate one of our starters, it's best to do so with the type of flour it has been grown in, in this case rye. Once the starter is established, you can convert it to use a different flour by simply substituting the new flour at each feeding, until the starter is fully switched over. You might want to do this with extra starter, keeping the original as a backup.
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  • From Cindy B. at 5/1/2013 8:12 PM
    • Are any of the sourdough starters completely dairy-free? Are there any ingredients other than flour and water?
    • All of the sourdough starters are completely dairy-free. None of them have any ingredients other than flour and water, and of course the yeasts and bacteria that make up the culture.
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  • From Ann B at 2/7/2013 2:21 PM
    • What are the differences between the Danish and Swedish Rye starters?
    • There are subtle flavor differences between these rye sourdoughs, due to the different yeast strains and proportions in each.
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  • From Melissa P at 3/26/2012 10:36 AM
    • How many loaves or pounds of bread can this make?
    • This is a reusable (heirloom) culture that, with proper care, can make endless loaves of bread.
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  • From Kelly R at 1/29/2012 10:30 AM
    • Are your sourdough starters organic?

      Thank you,
      Kelly R
    • While the starters themselves are not certified organic, they are grown with flour that is certified organic.
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Customer Reviews

Healthy Culture makes great Bread Review by Liz

This culture is very vigorous and capable of leavening bread. I used the Breadtopia recipe for Sourdough Rye with orange, fennel, caraway and anise seeds; it came out amazing for my first attempt. I've also made loaves to give to friends and they have all been enjoyed. This is my first sourdough success so it must be a forgiving and easy to work with culture.

(Posted on 10/22/2014)

It's Alive! Review by rkstimson

My starter is started and smells great, but I have yet to make anything successfully with it. My bread didn't rise, but I suspect that is my fault. I will be calling to get advice asap.

CFH Note ~ Make sure your starter is at least doubling in size before attempting bread and start your dough about 4 hours after your last feeding. There are a lot of factors involved in the rise but we are very happy to help you determine what the issue might be.

(Posted on 10/8/2014)

easy to use and fabulous results Review by Laurelei

I have used this now on 3 totally stellar pumpernickel bread batches. The culture worked quickly and it was very healthy and active. Love this product.

(Posted on 4/14/2014)

My Favorite Sourdough Review by Candace

The Danish Rye Sourdough starter is by far the best starter I've worked with. I can be a little neglectful at times and this starter can take it. It seems to work at a much slower (read: you made need to allow more time for things to rise) rate than other starters I've tried, but it doesn't go as sour as quick either. I've definitely abused it and after refreshing it bounces right back. I use Great River Organic Milling Rye flour that I buy in 25# bags, which last me around 4 months. Can't say enough good things about this starter and even though I've mostly dabbled in pancakes and quick breads, I am working my way up to some loaves of bread soon.

(Posted on 2/10/2014)

great! Review by milena

This is a great product! My husband and I decided to give up wheat for awhile and this product allowed us to still make delicious and nutritious bread at home. It works great and I use the starter for pancakes and waffles as well. Thank you!

(Posted on 12/1/2013)

delicious, mild, vigorous Review by LacyGene

I got this as a thank you gift for something (I don't remember what anymore.) All I had to do was pay for shipping, but it has been about two months ago and the starter has been very happy. I've been feeding it rye flour morning and night. I keep a pure starter in a jar and then when I get too much in the jar, I'll put some in a larger crock and feed that with whatever flour I want to or feel like. I've made biscuits, pancakes, waffles, crepes, and pizza crust this way. The sourdough flavor has not been overpowering in any of these recipes.

(Posted on 2/6/2013)

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