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Desem Whole Wheat Sourdough Starter

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One of our favorite sourdough starter cultures, Desem Sourdough Starter is a Flemish-style starter made with organic whole wheat flour. It makes delicious whole grain bread. 

Your Desem Sourdough Starter: What's in the Box? 

  • Each box contains 1 packet of dehydrated Desem Sourdough Starter Culture
  • Store in a cool, dry place until ready to activate.
  • Activate using whole wheat flour and unchlorinated, unfluoridated water.
  • Our Desem Sourdough Starter is easy to use and maintain. Feed daily for frequent use or weekly, if baking infrequently.
  • Learn more about maintaining a sourdough starter and baking with sourdough

 

Desem Sourdough Starter Ingredients:

  • Organic whole wheat flour, live active cultures
  • Non-GMO


Desem 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.

 

Desem Sourdough Starter Shipping Information and Shelf-life:

Our Desem 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

 

Desem Sourdough Starter Allergen Information:

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

 

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  • From Susan at 4/14/2015 7:37 PM
    • Can I use white whole wheat for the starter?
    • Either red or white whole wheat can be used for this starter.
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  • From Michael Reilly at 1/5/2015 2:07 PM
    • Hi - Will the desem starter work with Einkorn flour? Thank you.
    • Yes, that's a great flour. If you need assistance, let us know!
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  • From Dawn at 12/28/2014 3:59 PM
  • From tabby at 9/1/2014 10:55 PM
    • hi, can I use sourdough starter in my bread machine. is there 1 starter more suitable for bread machine? thanks.
    • Sourdough is tricky to use in a bread machine as it does not behave as breads using traditional yeasts. For example, your rise time likely will be very different from what your bread machine settings are. See here for more info: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/using-bread-machine-make-sourdough
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  • From Heidi at 4/12/2014 3:36 PM
    • I have a grinder that I grind grain into flour with. Can I use that kind of flour for this? I am new to sourdough so have no idea what it would do. Thanks!
    • We have found that fresh milled flour does not work well for sourdough starter. It is best to use a flour that has aged for at least 2 months. You can also purchase a flour at the store.
      Fresh milled flour can be used for baking with your starter with wonderful results.
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  • From sharon at 11/12/2013 6:42 PM
  • From Anne at 10/19/2013 10:19 AM
  • From Joell at 10/16/2013 10:25 PM
    • What is the shelf life of this dried starter?
    • The shelf life of our dehydrated sourdough starters are as follows:
      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
      Maximum culturing temperature: 90°F
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  • From Stephanie at 7/5/2013 7:29 AM
    • I am wanting to give sourdough a try again, and I was wondering about the tanginess of this starter? I so want to make sourdough work for our family, but the first time around was a disaster!
    • You'll find tips for manipulating the "sourness" here: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/how-to-make-truly-sour-sourdough-bread/ If you have a problem with a starter, put an airtight lid on it, put it in the fridge and send an e-mail to: customersupport@culturesforhealth.com The fridge will slow things down and give us a chance to figure out what is happening.
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  • From Suree at 5/23/2013 6:10 AM
    • I have been thinking of purchasing this starter. I grind my own wheat so it is completely whole grain. Will this work for this starter?
    • Yes, Desem will work well with your whole grain flour. Note that freshly ground flour is not ideal for feeding your starter, but is fine for using as the ingredient in your recipe. Before using for feeding, age the flour on the counter for at least a week.
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Desem Review by MeMe
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I'm new to making sourdough starter so I bought the Desem. It may have been my einkorn wheat flour but I am still waiting for some real rise. This is my 12th day. I contacted CfH a couple times and the girls were delightful and tried very hard to help. Because I was having bubbles they said it was working. Last Saturday I decided to just try organic all purpose flour and, Praise the Lord, finally it is starting to really rise and show life. Your blog is very informative and I will continue to be a great fan.

(Posted on 6/29/2015)

Great flavor and clear instructions. Review by Ruthless
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About 25 years ago I made all our bread with a sourdough starter. Thought I would try it again with whole wheat. This starter had a rough time due to dry air and dry flour at high altitude and a house that gets down to the 60s at night. I need to play with the starter when I am home to watch. Love the flavor made one loaf of bread. Too dense. Plan to have it rise in oven with the light on next time and check every hour or so. I also had to add more water to the starter, could not stir flour in without extra water. At 8,000' you usually need extra water. May take a few tries, but I will stay at it until I figure it out. The flavor is worth it!

(Posted on 3/25/2015)

Great Product Review by Lisa
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This is a wonderful product. I especially love that they have video and detailed description of how to manage your starter and how to make bread from your starter. I have had no issues with my starter.

(Posted on 3/22/2015)

Excellent Product! Review by Nora
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Amazing product...it was easy to activate, and once activated I have had enough starter to quickly bake with! After feeding it while in maintenance mode the starter bubbles up like a shaken up soda. Since I am new to baking with sourdough, my loaf wasn't exactly perfect, but the flavor had that delicious soury tang I was hoping for. Looking forward to more baking with this product!!

(Posted on 2/15/2015)

first time Review by don
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I have no premise for a review being my first attempt at maintaining a starter and making sourdough, but Sarah has been great at answering my questions and my starter is getting consistently better at CO2 generation after i feed the monster!!

(Posted on 2/13/2015)

Lots of time committment Review by rancherdee
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This is like having a baby in the house again--always needing a feeding. I did finally bake my first loaf of whole wheat sourdough bread yesterday. It made a large loaf. I couldn't see purpose in making the "X" nor was I sure what size it should be (made it corner to corner with an exacto knife). I look forward to enjoying a slice for breakfast today. Hope to try some of the other recipes because It is difficult for a frugal person like myself to through starter away, but I can't bake all the time, unfortunately.

CFH Note: The "X" is to keep the loaf from tearing as it continues to rise, a very sharp knife or exacto knife works great! Store your starter in the fridge to minimize feedings. It should only need to be fed weekly in the fridge and the amount you remove for baking will be active and ready for baking within 3 feedings.

(Posted on 2/10/2015)

Oustanding starter for whole grains!! Review by Connie
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I have used various sourdough starters over the past 12 years, some I started, some I borrowed, and some I bought. This starter is by far the best I have ever used and it is my absolute favorite. I use almost exclusively whole grains - wheat, spelt, and rye. The Desem starter works so well with all of my whole grains. I also love a really thick starter and I keep this one very thick so it is ready to use at a moments notice. This starter was easy to activate and was ready for loaf bread within a week. I really love it!!

My four star rating on price is because money is tight for me and the cost kept me from purchasing this starter before. I wish I had known that it was well worth the money and I would have saved up and made it a priority sooner. :-)

(Posted on 12/14/2014)

Great starter! Review by Keenmom
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This starter works really well! I've tried to make sourdough bread a couple of times before with a homemade starter but when I did, my bread turned out like bricks-even my chickens didn't like it!
With this particular starter however, my bread turned out nice and soft. I am very pleased with it and look forward to making more things with this starter.

(Posted on 11/25/2014)

Great Product Review by JLM
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Company stands behind their product. Will recommend and patronize Cultures of Health

(Posted on 11/20/2014)

Yummy Review by Kris
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Have had good success with the starter. Baked 6 loaves and they just keep getting better and I am getting the hang of the process. Called for help twice and they were very kind and gave great suggestions.

(Posted on 11/4/2014)

awesome first time starter! Review by Sara
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I love my sourdough starter! I had been wanting to make bread, and finally got the sourdough starter. I was nervous at first, but it was surprisingly easy. Definitely recommend!

(Posted on 11/1/2014)

Excellent product! Review by Marilyn M
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Received my sourdough starter several weeks ago, and have been making many different recipes since! Using the discarded starter (which there is a LOT of), I have made the pancakes and crackers, which are just awesome! I have made several loaves of bread, the sourdough coffee cake, and banana muffins, as well as chocolate cake - all amazing and my family loves them. I highly recommend this sourdough product, and the great support you are able to get if you have questions!

(Posted on 10/1/2014)

Quick start Review by Brant
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Culture took off like a rocket. It did take me a while to get the hang of sourdough. It isn't really hard, but there are a few tricks you need to know. Once I mastered those I started having success. The product arrived on time and in good condition. Starter is very high-quality.

(Posted on 8/31/2014)

makes great einkorn bread Review by Candace
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I had some frustrating failures with trying to make my own sourdough starter, so I was very happy to learn that I could use Einkorn wheat to feed this starter. I made my first loaf of bread yesterday... absolutely delicious!

(Posted on 7/25/2014)

Excellent starter Review by Jason
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Great rise
Excellent aroma
Wonderfull texture
Amazing flavor

(Posted on 7/9/2014)

very good Review by rupert
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very easy to activate

(Posted on 7/2/2014)

That's sourdough for ya! Review by Crystal
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This starter created an awesome "sour taste" in the first two loaves I made. I did have to detour from the instructions a bit - as my starter was coming out as thick as un-risen dough! (But I live somewhere really dry.) After adding a bit more water to each "feeding" my starter is just right.... now to find the perfect recipe...

(Posted on 6/18/2014)

Successful Sourdough! Review by Kim Smith
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I use einkorn flour with this whole wheat sourdough starter and it has worked really well. It took about five days for my starter to show signs of good health (bubbles, doubling in size), and since then I have been making pancakes, muffins and bread...all have been delicious! My chickens are also enjoying my extra starter :)

(Posted on 4/9/2014)

It worked Review by emmaleesee
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I followed the directions and was able to make great bread the first week.

(Posted on 4/3/2014)

successful sourdough Review by Lisa K
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Last year I followed Sandor Katz' instructions to get "wild fermentation" started and was very successful at it. I got tired of maintaining the starter and so let it die. Doing research on "wild" yeasts vs. tried and true cultures, I saw advantages and disadvantages to both. I decided to order the desem sourdough starter and make a comparison between it and the wild yeast in taste, texture, and rising ability. Please bear in mind I'm comparing the attributes of (warm)summer wild yeast and (cold)winter desem yeast. The taste between each is comparable, where each have a distinct sourness to them. The texture of the wild sourdough dough is smoother and easier to work with in the kneading process. The desem is real sticky, despite adding mass quantities of flour beyond the recipe. As it rises in the bowl, it stays sticky. For the final rise in the loaf pans, the stickiness stays and because so much extra flour has been added it's heavier and can't rise as high as the wild sourdough. The finished product of the wild yeast is fairly light and high. The finished product with desem is lower and denser. The desem bread appears to stay mold-free longer than the wild yeast bread. I also have made several batches of desem sourdough pancakes and I have to say that they are delicious! Would I recommend the desem sourdough starter? Absolutely!

(Posted on 4/2/2014)



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