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Our New England Sourdough Starter originated in the 1800s and is an easy sourdough starter to use and maintain. It rises quickly, and makes wonderful bread and other baked goods, like Sourdough Dinner RollsSourdough Crepes, and more!

Your New England Sourdough Starter: What's in the Box? 

  • Each box contains 1 packet of dehydrated New Englad Sourdough Starter Culture
  • Store in a cool, dry place until ready to activate.
  • Activate using white flour and unchlorinated, unfluoridated water.
  • Our New England 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

 

New England Sourdough Starter Ingredients:

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


New England 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.

 

New England Sourdough Starter Shipping Information and Shelf-life:

Our New England 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

  

 

New England Sourdough Allergen Information: 

 

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


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  • From Dave N at 6/24/2012 12:31 AM
    • 24oz. is a lot of starter. do you use the whole package or only part.directions on package?
    • It's actually 0.24 oz., about 2-1/4 teaspoons. Use the entire package. Instructions are included for activating and maintaining the starter.
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  • From JENNEY at 2/18/2012 3:44 PM
    • I am looking for a good sandwich style bread. I had a different sour dough starter I got from a friend and altho it made good bread, it was too airy for sandwiches. Does this, or another kind, make a good sandwich style bread?
    • Our Ischia sourdough starter is a great choice for making sandwich bread.
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  • From Jen at 2/17/2012 6:36 AM
    • The second time I added flour to the starter to activate it- nothing happened! I followed the instructions carefully. It is warm, but not too warm. It has been 12 hours. Should I wait longer? There is one or two bubbles on top, but it has not doubled in size at all! On top is a thin watery liquid and the flour is on the bottom of the bowl.
    • It can take some time to activate the starter, just keep on your feeding schedule, stir well to get a lot of air in at feeding time and be patient. : ) The layer of liquid usually indicates that the starter is getting hungry so be sure to stay on your feeding schedule even if the starter doesn't double in size or have lots of bubbles.
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  • From Julie at 1/17/2012 5:17 PM
    • So do you use white all-purpose flour or what kind of flour can I use. Can I grind my own soft wheat flour for it?
      Thanks
    • Each sourdough starter is created for a specific type flour. We recommend activating your starter using that specific flour (whole wheat, white, rye, etc). Once your starter is established, you can switch flour.

      Feeding your sourdough culture with freshly ground flour is problematic as sourdough culture prefers aged flour. Therefore we recommend placing your freshly ground flour in a bowl on the counter covered lightly with a dish towel for several weeks before using it to feed your sourdough culture. Once it is time to bake bread, you can use freshly ground flour as the flour portion of the bread recipe.

      More information can be found at http://www.culturesforhealth.com/sourdough.
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  • From Jennifer at 7/7/2011 5:30 PM
    • I know this starter culture is meant for white flour, but can you use it in wheat as well? Thanks!
    • You can convert any sourdough starter to thrive on a different flour than it was grown with. It takes a few days, and basically you just do your regular feedings with the new flour until it is converted.

      You wouldn't use the same starter to go back and forth though. You could divide your starter, and keep two sets going at the same time if you like to bake with different kinds of flours.
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Absolutely AWESOME Starter! Review by Toni
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I have tried so many starters... this is the first one that did what it's supposed to do! Using the recipes in the Cultures for Health Sourdough e-book, I've successfully made many loaves of bread, even 50/50 organic white flour and Kamut will rise up like a big dog! The pancake recipes in the ebook are just delicious, as are the chocolate chip cookies and banana bread. I've got a loaf of the Pizza Bread going today, smells devine. Most of the time for bread I mix it up in my bread machine on the dough cycle and time it to remove at 6 hours, then shape into a loaf and place in a loaf pan to rise another 1-2 hours before baking. I have a sensitive stomach and I can tolerate well-fermented (8 hour) sourdough products.

(Posted on 4/16/2015)

very good New England Sourdough Starter Review by Skylark
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It is working very well, I am so glad I bought it. I made bread with it, we liked it, and our friends were surprised that I made it. The knowledge I got from this site was very helpful. I made pancakes too, really good. Thank you for making it possible.

(Posted on 4/14/2015)

love it Review by Char
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Worked like a charm!

(Posted on 3/21/2015)

Success! Review by Pam
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This was my first time trying out a sourdough starter, and it's been really easy. The directions were clear, and I made my first loaf of bread last weekend using the recipe in the Cultures for Health eBook. I've got the rosemary cracker recipe started now to bake tomorrow.

(Posted on 2/27/2015)

Works great and very easy for a beginner! Review by Sarah
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This is the first time I have used a sourdough starter so I was a little hesitant, but the instructions were very clear and the starter was healthy and bubbly. I have made bread, pizza crust, pretzels, pancakes, and waffles so far. Bonus: Hubby loves it! The taste isn't very strong, so perfect for us. :)

(Posted on 2/26/2015)

I Don't Want to Give Up Just Yet Review by Valarie
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The starter performed as directed, although I had trouble with the directions (two people misunderstood one part of the directions). Sadly after 7 days of feeding, and using all that flour -- the bread was a flop. The online video was followed, but something went wrong. All was not lost. The pitiful loaf, once we cut the hard, white-brick top off, it had wonderful flavor. I will get my start out of hibernation and try again. I want to be hopeful...

CFH note: Please let us know if you struggle with instructions, we are always happy to help. It takes a very active starter to cause bread to rise and there are a few things that can help increase activity (check you proofing temperature and feeding schedule). First loaves can be a bit of a challenge as your starter is adapting to a new environment and you're getting used to a feeding schedule but you'll soon be enjoying the perfect loaf!

(Posted on 1/28/2015)

Worked great! Makes delicious artisan bread. Review by RenaT
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This product did everything it was supposed to do. After following the provided directions, the culture sprang to life. It currently seems to be trying to take over my kitchen. So far I have had great success making sourdough bread and sourdough pancakes. My family loves them. One comment, the directions for making bread which I found on the Cultures for Health website called for a 10 to 20 minute kneading period. I found this too laborious and started using a no knead recipe instead, which produces a moist loaf with wonderful texture, and all that is needed is a quick mix with the wooden spoon. I would definitely recommend buying this culture. I'm having fun with it.

(Posted on 1/12/2015)

Easy to use sourdough starter! Review by Erin
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This is the first sourdough starter I have used. It has been very easy to use and makes wonderful pancakes and breads.

(Posted on 1/4/2015)

Happy, Happy, Happy! Review by Carolyn
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I've had wonderful success with the starter. This was not my first time working with sourdough, but it has been many, many years. I've made banana and blueberry muffins, apple cake, several loaves and one batch of rolls with it. Even my picky eater is enjoying my homemade breads! Thanks for the wonderful products...I'm sure I'll be trying other cultures...been wanting to try cheese!

(Posted on 12/6/2014)

wonderful Review by tulip
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I usually make a batch of sourdough biscuits on the weekend or a loaf of sourdough bread. Then I keep the starter refrigerated until the next weekend. The mild flavor is what my family enjoys. As time allows, I hope to experiment with other fun uses for sourdough.

(Posted on 11/22/2014)

Delightful tasting starter! Review by Pam
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My first sourdough starter was the one fed with whole wheat flour. It has worked very well, however, my family does not love the strength of the sourdough taste. I purchased the New England sourdough starter hoping for a milder taste and I am very, very happy with it. The smell and taste are delightful and the starter is very healthy. My husband can be particularly hard to please, but he likes the bread and baked goods made with this starter.

(Posted on 11/12/2014)

Happy with results Review by Theresa
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This culture started bubbling just after 2or 3 day I was amazed . Made some pretzels and they where not only delicious but looks smoother then yeast raised pretzels. Just beautiful bread , I am very pleased and if the culture lives on and on , it will have lots of value to me. Like heirloom , like New England

(Posted on 9/25/2014)

Fantastic Starter Review by Lynn
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I started my sourdough adventure with the Desem starter. I quickly became discouraged and decided sourdough was not for me. HOWEVER, after reading about the health benefits of sourdough I purchased this New England starter and I am certainly glad I did. This is a most vigorous starter that produces delicious baked goods. It is happy in my Pickl-it jar, sitting in the fridge until I am ready to bake. Try this starter! You'll love it!!!

(Posted on 9/4/2014)

Definitely recommend! Review by Melissa
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Working with this starter is my first attempt, ever, at making bread. The starter is great, and even though I turned out a loaf of bread with an outstandingly hard crust, the inside was lovely--soft and tasty. I'm looking forward to giving it another try. Aside from bread, I've also made muffins and pancakes with my starter. Muffins were good, and pancakes are far and away my family's favorite (and my oldest child is a pancake connoisseur, so that's no small compliment).

(Posted on 6/18/2014)

Great and easy sourdough! Review by ac
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This is not my first experience with sourdough - I have made my own before, and have received starters from a friend as well. It is my first experience here however - and it has been a little different. I am not hugely learned in sourdough yet, but in the past - I have always kept my sourdough very wet. The directions for this sourdough keeps it very dry - it is very doughy. This is because of the 1:1:2 ratio (starter:water:flour). It was kind of hard to get used to at first because it is difficult to stir, however the end product turns out beautiful every time. I have made pizza dough, bread, tortillas, pancakes and cookies so far and all turned out wonderful. One thing I've found different about this sourdough than my past, is that when I want a really "sour" dough - it takes forever, and then it really isn't even as sour as I'd like. My past sourdough starters only took about 24 hours of sitting to turn out a very sour dough. This one is just very mild. It is sour - don't get me wrong, but not in a strong way. I'd like to purchase the San Fran starter next just to have something a little stronger in flavor sometimes. Great starter though!

(Posted on 6/3/2014)

It's wonderful this is so reliable Review by Tia
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I started this during a kitchen remodel under less than ideal conditions. It took a little longer than last time to start (probably due to lower temperatures), but took off on the 4th day or so. I was so relieved to have it start even when I didn't do everything right.

(Posted on 5/14/2014)

Great product Review by m4026
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I tried making my own sour dough and this was well worth the cost and time savings. The directions are very well written and easy to follow to get the best final product. I made coffee cake with all my "leftover" starter, which was a BIG hit!!

(Posted on 4/7/2014)

Great starter - Worth every penny Review by Curtis
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I've been a little frustrated working with my homemade starter and decided to give this New England Starter a try. The first 48 hours were an act of faith but since then it has exceeded my expectations. I'm getting ready-to-bake loaves in 5 hours! This is a great product, just follow the supplied instructions and it won't let you down.

(Posted on 3/24/2014)

Really nice starter Review by Donalyn
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This is the first sourdough culture I have tried from CFH and I am very happy with my choice. It has a pleasant sourdough flavor, but not terribly strong. The best part is that it is a very lively starter - activated very quickly and comes back to life equally as quickly. I only give the bread one rise, and it is ready to go in the oven in about 5 hours, which is fast for sourdough. I also have to thank CFH for great customer service - I used the chat feature a couple times to get some advice on a few things, and they were fantastic. Thanks!

(Posted on 3/10/2014)

Guess I'm not a sourdough person Review by Ymasullo
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the product arrived quickly, and I immediately went to it and started the culture. I gave it several days as the instructions say. I cannot say I had good luck with this and the constant feeding it seemed to need was a bit ridiculous. Sadly, I threw it out.

Emailed customer - Jerri

(Posted on 2/9/2014)



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