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"Outstanding product!"

If you are looking to purchase a sourdough starter, this one is a no brainer! Wonderful product that has performed as promised. Received the starter quickly and instructions were easy to follow. I have made 3 loaves of delicious sour dough with this starter and look forward to branching out to other...

- Lynnie

San Francisco Sourdough Starter

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$12.99

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If you crave sourdough bread from San Francisco, our San Francisco Sourdough Starter Culture is the perfect sourdough starter for you!

  • Each box contains 1 packet of dehydrated San Francisco Sourdough Starter Culture.
  • Store in cool, dry place until ready to activate.
  • Activate using white flour and unchlorinated, unfluoridated water (bottled spring water).
  • Cultures at room temperature, 70º-85ºF.
  • Once activated, feed your starter using 1 part starter, 1 part water, and 2 parts flour daily for frequent use or weekly, if baking infrequently.
  • Instructions for using this sourdough starter are included and can be found here.
  • Having trouble activating your sourdough starter? Browse our Sourdough Troubleshooting Articles or contact us for assistance.

 

Our San Francisco Sourdough Starter Culture contains Lactobacillus sanfranciscensis bacteria and wild yeast Candida humilis, giving this sourdough starter that famous San Francisco taste. Use it to make sourdough bread, chocolate chip sourdough cookies, and a wide variety of other sourdough baked goods.

 

San Francisco 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 sourdough starter are included and can be found here.
  • Having trouble activating your sourdough starter? Browse our sourdough troubleshooting articles or contact us for assistance.

 

Recipes for Sourdough Bread and More

Sourdough starters are not just for baking bread. Any baked good can be made better with sourdough. Browse our wide selection of sourdough recipes for a new take on old favorites.

 

San Francisco Sourdough Starter Ingredients

  • Organic white wheat flour, live active cultures
  • This product contains no GMO ingredients.

 

San Francisco Sourdough Starter Allergen Information

  • Manufactured in a facility that processes products containing gluten.
  • Non-GMO

 

San Francisco Sourdough Starter Shipping Information and Shelf Life

  • Our San Francisco Sourdough Starter Culture is shipped in a barrier-sealed packet as a dehydrated culture.
  • Store in a cool, dry place.
  • Use by date on box.

 

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56 Reviews For "San Francisco Sourdough Starter"

  1. [email protected]

    by Lauren on 12 Wed,2011

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    I LOVE this starter! I have made pancakes twice with it, I have 2 loaves of bread proofing right now, and I plan to try out some pretzels this week. It is so easy to maintain. I keep about a cup in my fridge and I've been keeping some out for daily use. LOVE it! Next I plan to freeze some so I will truly never be without sourdough again!

  2. LOVE IT!!!

    by Nutrition.Nazi on 12 Wed,2012

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    I got this starter for free with an ebook promotion. I had never done anything with sourdough before, but with all of the health benefits, I was excited to try it. It was very easy to set up. I love the fact that it is the only starter that I will ever need to purchase and that I can share some with friends so that they can have their own starter. I am going to try a yogurt culture now.

  3. I have enjoyed my sourdough starter immensely!!

    by Kelley on 01 Thu,2013

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    I've been on a gluten free diet for about a year now, but I still crave good bread. I wanted to start a sourdough starter so that I could make healthier breads that are soaked and easier to digest. This starter has been so easy to maintain, and the breads I have made are wonderful. I now regularly make pancakes, waffles, tortillas, and a rustic bread loaf. All of these are soaked over night, and none of them bother my stomach! The texture is amazing and the flavor is delicious!

  4. It lives!!!!

    by HarryK on 11 Sun,2013

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    When trying to decide, which starter might be best for me, I read the description of each starter. I couldn't decide on just one, so ended up ordering four different starters.

    That was about a month ago, so far I have only used one, "The San Francisco Starter." I can tell you, it works like a charm.

    Although, it isn't necessary, I put the starter in a dough proofer box and kept the temperature at a constant 85 degrees. The starter is growing like mad!!! At first I didn't want to discard any of the starter so I ended up with three containers of starter. It finally dawned on me that if I kept adding jar after jar of starter, I would soon have to make an addition to the size of my kitchen. I suggest following the directions and discard extra starter as directed or make lots of pancakes.

    My dream was to have all four starters going at the same time. I pictured myself baking lots of bread and comparing the flavor of each starter. Well folks, that was one dumb idea. At the age of 71, taking care of one starter is about all I can handle. I will keep the other three starters in the cabinet and use as needed, that is if I ever need another starter. I might end up giving the starters as gifts to friends, but darn, I am not for sure I want them baking better sourdough bread than I am baking,,,lol.

    I have a feeling all of the starters are delicious, I can assure you the San Francisco Starter is terrific and I highly recommend it.

  5. Perfect!

    by Angel on 11 Sat,2013

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    Love it! I am making einkorn sourdough bread, it's exactly what I was looking for!

  6. The Best

    by Tracie on 12 Wed,2013

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    The bread I make with this starter has the best flavor of any sourdough I've eaten. Have been making sourdough for years and absolutely love this. I plan on trying other starters as well.

  7. Vigorous

    by Lori on 12 Mon,2013

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    Very vigorous right out of the package. No slowing it down either!! :) Good stuff

  8. great

    by mamie on 12 Mon,2013

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    Easy to active and the bread tasted good. This was my first try with sourdough and it worked out well.

  9. Excellent product!

    by LanDebLew on 12 Thu,2013

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    Best bread, most active starter, I love it!

  10. Excellent starter

    by Bill on 01 Wed,2014

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    Real San Francisco flavor and aroma. Has developed beautifully over the last two weeks and makes a great loaf.

  11. fantastic product!

    by sarah on 01 Wed,2014

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    the san francisco starter is amazing! i have been baking bread with commercial yeast for years - the quality of the breads i've made with this starter is vastly superior, in both flavor and texture. it's also really easy to maintain; i have been feeding mine roughly once weekly, and it is thriving!

  12. Very easy to work with!

    by BUSY MOM IN AL on 02 Thu,2014

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    I have tried several times in the past to make my own starter and it did not work. When the San Francisco Starter went on sale, I decided to give it a try. The directions on the starter were easy to follow and when I had a question, the online chat support was very informative.

    I am keeping mine on the counter and feeding it in the morning and evening. It is healthy and bubbly. I wanted to experiment more with it and not have to pull it out of the fridge and work with it a few days before. It makes awesome bread, pancakes, croutons, and muffins! I learned that I can substitute the "discarded" starter for the milk in my regular muffin recipe. They turn out just as good!

    I would recommend this starter, the flavor is wonderful and my whole family loves it.

  13. I found a new hobby!

    by Connie on 02 Mon,2014

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    Baking sourdough isn't for everyone, I find it extremely challenging. I live in a high altitude town and am still trying to make an acceptable loaf of bread, but I'm not giving up! It took a full 7 days for my starter to be in a perfect state for baking. In the meantime, we really enjoyed a couple of mornings of pancakes! This starter made this project easy to start and came with a few basic recipes . . . It's up to me to perfect it, and I've taken on the challenge!

  14. Great product

    by Flysmith on 02 Wed,2014

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    I struggled several months with home-grown sourdough starter with little success. This one worked great. Just follow the instructions closely

  15. Great!

    by Maggie on 03 Wed,2014

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    After years of wanting to bake good sourdough I'm finally able to do so!

  16. San Francisco Ex-Pats Thumbs Up

    by NavyMom on 04 Thu,2014

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    Followed the instructions that came with the product and online videos.
    My now ripe starter helps me produce a bread that is so authentic my friends who are SF ExPats were fooled.

    Flavor, crust and crumb are all perfect. Thank you for making it possible for me to bake a perfect sourdough bread.

  17. Love The Flavor

    by Nancyz on 05 Tue,2014

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    I am originally from California and took good sour dough bread for granted. Then I moved to New England - no good sour dough to be found. I experimented trying to make my own and was disappointed. When I found your website I decided to try again. I followed the directions that came with the San Francisco sour dough starter and have been making the most amazing bread ever since. I have called with a couple questions and everyone was so helpful. Can't thank you enough!!!

  18. Great Product

    by abbie on 07 Tue,2014

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    Still learning my way with making sourdough. Starter is quite vigorous right out of the box. I'm still in learning mode.

  19. Awesome Starter

    by ? on 07 Wed,2014

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    This starter makes great bread!

  20. Great Starter

    by Wave on 08 Sun,2014

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    I received this starter on a very hot day, even so it began bubbling in no time! I followed the directions and watched the videos and was baking the most delicious bread and pancakes! The family loves it as well!

  21. Excellent bubbly starter

    by Jennigui on 10 Mon,2014

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    This is my very first starter although I have cultured vegetables before with the BE starter but for making bread I have never done anything like this and I have made 1 successful loaf and am working on number two today.

  22. Excellent

    by Linda on 10 Tue,2014

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    Delicious bread is being baked every week!

  23. A superior product that produces a delicious loaf of bread!

    by Amber on 11 Tue,2014

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    I'm so pleased with this product. I love bread but have always been intimidated by the bread making process.With this starter and the Cultures for Health instructional videos,I had no problem activating the starter and baking my first loaf of bread. And, not to toot my own horn, but the loaf was amazing, maybe the tastiest bread I've ever eaten. While I would to claim that this was because of my mastery of baking, I know it is because of the superior starter I received from Cultures for Health!

  24. makes me miss CA

    by Ali on 11 Wed,2014

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    This sourdough starter is AWESOME!!!

  25. Great product

    by Ed on 12 Fri,2014

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    I have had the starter up and running for a few weeks now. It worked as advertised and has been great. The bread is outstanding and we have really enjoyed everything else we have made. The sourdough sour cream waffles have been a hit with everyone. The cookies also. But the bread is the best. I grew up in SF and have missed the flavor ever since. This is it!

  26. san francisco sourdough starter

    by grizz on 12 Mon,2014

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    Absolutely wonderful have not been home in years, sure was sweet to get that taste again. so good so easy to do even I was scared, I never had the experience where I had to keep a starter going before. Its great try it or any of their flavors. Any one can do this! I love all the recipes I can do with the left over starter to! Thanks for the great starter, wonderful recipes, and instructional videos.

  27. Easy

    by Fittje4 on 01 Fri,2015

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    Great product very easy to start and keep up

  28. Excellent!

    by Marlene on 01 Tue,2015

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    I received this sourdough started as a part of an e-book bundle. This is so easy to do and maintain. It makes the best bread and pancakes!

  29. can't wait

    by East Coasters on 02 Sat,2015

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    in process - can't wait to try our first batch of real S.F. sourdough bread!

  30. Great product

    by Retired2Bake on 03 Wed,2015

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    I am new to the world of sourdough baking and was a bit intimidated about even trying. It just all sounded so complicated! My daughter-in-law recommended the sourdough cultures found here and, since my favorite sourdough bread commercially prepared was San Francisco, that is what I chose. The instructions were simple to follow and my starter performed exactly as describe. Since I am now comfortable with making bread and pancakes, I am looking forward to adding to our enjoyment of sourdough. I highly recommend this starter!

  31. Outstanding product!

    by Lynnie on 06 Mon,2015

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    If you are looking to purchase a sourdough starter, this one is a no brainer! Wonderful product that has performed as promised. Received the starter quickly and instructions were easy to follow. I have made 3 loaves of delicious sour dough with this starter and look forward to branching out to other items.

  32. A foolproof starter. Great taste.

    by Hal on 07 Thu,2015

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    I have used this starter about ten times now, and it is very robust and forgiving. My neighbors who are sourdough fans love the taste and those who've had Boudin or Tartine sourdoughs from SF say it's right there. I've experimented with several flours and have found that bread flour might be best. It creates a little more structure and oven rise without changing the taste. Using 1/3 whole wheat worked well too, although it reduced the sourness.

  33. Great starter!

    by Mike on 07 Sun,2015

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    The price and quality of this product were excellent. The instructions were well written and easy to follow. The instructional videos were also extremely helpful, clear, and easy to understand.

  34. Took off and has not disappointed!

    by Bunontherun on 11 Fri,2015

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    I followed the directions and WOW, I had very active starter in half the time required. I proceeded to go ahead and get baking and I was not disappointed. This is, without question, the BEST starter I have ever used. The texture of the bread and the taste are exceptional! I will recommend that my other starter starved friends order from Cultures for Health.

  35. Love the starter!

    by Lute on 11 Fri,2015

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    I bought two kits of starter; the first one did not activate properly. I activated the second one, and it worked perfectly! I have made several loaves of bread, and some sourdough cinnamon rolls. All turned out beautiful and delicious. Having some good recipes for various baked items is a good idea; this starter will get a workout in my house!

  36. Easy use

    by Cair on 01 Sun,2016

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    Loved the fresh smell of sourdough!

  37. Excellent product and company!

    by Eve on 01 Thu,2016

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    The sourdough culture is a great product and this company provides excellent email support. Used the clay baker today, and I had the best results. Highly recommend this company and its products

  38. Great Starter

    by Laurie on 03 Wed,2016

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    I have made my own sourdough starter before but it never really did work out. This SF Sourdough has worked out great right from the get go and tastes just awesome. :)

  39. Excellent product

    by KMD76 on 03 Fri,2016

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    This was easy and worked great. Very clear instructions and the starter has done great and is more active than I would have imagined. I have made a variety of things, both sourdough bread and things from the discard. Highly recommend this to anyone interested in trying out sourdough.

  40. Great Product

    by Bob on 03 Sun,2016

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    Makes a wonderful loaf of sourdough, and some fantastic pancakes.

  41. Great Product

    by Bob on 03 Sun,2016

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    Makes a great loaf of sourdough bread, and some fantastic pancakes. I too, have discovered why you need to discard some of the dough, unless you have stock in a flour mill. Wonderful product.

  42. Delicious and Reliable

    by Stevie on 03 Mon,2016

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    The starter has been active for a few months. I add it to bread, pancakes, pizza dough, and it performs consistently and yields delicious results.

  43. So EASY!

    by ElleOnWheelz on 03 Mon,2016

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    Although I have established sourdough starters in the past, I was having difficulty this time around. I'm so glad that I found the Cultures for Health site because the SF Sourdough Starter is great and it couldn't have been easier! I bake on the weekends so I keep my starter in the fridge and feed weekly, which is working out well. I highly recommend this starter.

  44. Excellent Starter!

    by Thistley on 07 Sun,2014

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    I was a little nervous about ordering the starter with the heat here in Fl. in the early summer. It arrived in fine shape and was bubbling away within 3 days. Followed the instructions exactly and made my first successful loaf of sourdough bread within a week! I’ve tried making sourdough in the past with my home made sourdough starter and had miserable results. With this starter I’ve gone on to try other sourdough recipes with great success; my favorite being a light rye sourdough with caraway seeds. This S.F. starter has surpassed my expectations!

  45. Excellent Starter

    by mdd on 10 Wed,2015

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    I have never used a bread starter before and my first loaf of bread was perfect. Starter was easy to use, instruction was perfect. Real San Francisco flavor and aroma. My family loves it.

  46. Great starter

    by roanna on 09 Tue,2014

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    I have really enjoyed this starter, I did exactly as they said and it works great. After a long proof (16 hours) it makes a very nice sour bread. It activates quite quickly after a feeding, my home was probably 72 degrees.

  47. Awesome

    by nick on 04 Sat,2015

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    Loved the Sourdough. It puffed right up and tasted great in bread. It did not work out so well when I tried to make pancakes. Otherwise a good investment. I just don't like the initial startup price especially if you are one who will forget to feed it weekly in the fridge and it dies. I am happy I bought it when I did. I feel that if I were to order it in summer (North Carolina Heat) might kill it.

    CFH note: A starter stored in the fridge will last a very long time without feeding but it will get a dark liquid layer on top when it is hungry. Pour off the liquid layer, measure the amount of starter and feed with an equal amount of water and not quite double the flour. Allow the starter to sit at room temperature for several hours then put an airtight lid on it and store it in the fridge )pr continue feeding to bake). For the best flavor, weekly feedings are recommended but it is always worth it to give a neglected starter a chance to recover.

  48. Very happy with the starter.

    by Janine on 05 Tue,2015

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    I'm very happy with the starter and all the advice, tutorials and recipes you offer on the website. I've baked a few loaves; have a starter in the fridge; Made pancakes, English muffins and waffles; dried some starter, and just took two loaves from the dried starter. I would highly recommend this starter to anyone wanting the best sourdough bread!

  49. Arrived the very next day, I used the cheapest shipping also!

    by HaleighBaleigh on 01 Fri,2014

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    I am super impressed with their incredibly FAST shipping. I bought it on wednesday morning, and paid for the cheapest shipping which said it would take 3-5 days or something like that, I got it NEXT DAY!!!! I have never had that happen before! Incredible customer service also! I can't wait to make bread with it!

  50. Working good now

    by Tom on 11 Thu,2014

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    After initially receiving what apparently was some type of yogurt culture, the company sent the correct culture which is now working fine.

    CFH Note ~ Mix ups don't happen often but when they do, it is important to let us know right away. Feeding a yogurt starter flour is sure to result in a great deal of frustration!

  51. Delicious but slow to start

    by Alibaba on 01 Wed,2016

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    I love the mild sourdough flavor this strain yields. I've made my own starter before (flour+water+time) and it took just as long to activate (I thought purchasing a culture would be faster!). Despite the fact that it took well over a week to get this culture healthy and vigorous it yields a very nice mild sourdough flavor. I recommend this product.

    CFH Note~ It is not uncommon for a starter to be a little sluggish to get started in the cooler winter months but we are always available to help with a few suggestions for speeding up the process. Please contact Customer Support if you have any questions or issues.

  52. Great tasting bread

    by My on 03 Sat,2016

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    I really like this starter, so easy to use. The "sour" flavor is not that sour after only couple days of baking.

  53. WIP...

    by Sourdough Newbie on 04 Fri,2016

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    I'm sure with time, I will be able to make sourdough bread with a great flavor, but at this point the only thing I've been able to do with starter is to make pancakes and waffles. I followed the instructions with package but had difficulties achieving a full activation due to suggested temperatures for the rising process. I checked the website and found the instructions to be different. Contacted customer service and they stated to follow the package instructions that they updated and the videos on the website shouldn't be followed that I should proof at a lower temp.... so 2 different instructions, for being new to sourdough starter, it is confusing and hoping the starter is forgiving and maybe update the outdated videos? Can't wait for a loaf of bread and not throwing out dense, tasteless bricks.

    Response from CFH: We are happy to continue to work with you! Sourdough is an art and science, and we do our best to keep up with the changing conditions as we learn more and more about the intricacies of baking with sourdough.

  54. Some will n Some wont . . .

    by John P on 08 Sat,2015

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    The same product last time was awesome, this time it is so-so. Time will tell.

    CFH Note ~ Sourdough starters are very stable in a dehydrated state, the most common issue with activation is a temperature that is a little low. If the sourdough starter seems sluggish, continue to discard and feed and find a slightly warmer location for your starter, it should be much more active within a few feedings.

  55. Great starter

    by Kim on 01 Thu,2014

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    This is the first time I have tried managing a starter. The more I learn about the food industry and all the additives and crap that go into commercial products... the more I want to make my own foods from scratch!

    This was a great New Year's 'science project'. At first the directions seemed intimidating but once you get started it's easy and fun! My starter woke up after about 3-4 days and has been what I call "Happy" ever since.

    I have shared it with a few others who have all reported great success. I learn something new with each batch I make.

    A few points: the bread flour definitely gives a better rise than all purpose(a big difference), inside the oven with the light on seems to give a perfect environment and my rise times are much shorter than the one's quoted in the directions. I am getting full proofing with good flavor after 3-5 hours. When letting rise longer, they collapse from overproofing :( I live in AZ so not sure if the drier climate is a factor.

    Overall, a great product and I plan to purchase other variations!

  56. Didn't work for me. :(

    by Laney on 03 Mon,2014

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    I was very excited to use this starter. I followed instructions and waited for it to grow. . . . Nothing. Tried for a week and yet nothing happened. I am very disappointed. I have experience with other starters with no problems and I was expecting to have this grow and be used within a week. Disappointment all over the place.

    Response from CFH: Please contact customer support for troubleshooting advice before discarding product. Many cultures can be saved with minor adjustments.

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San Francisco Sourdough Starter Ingredients

  • Organic white wheat flour, live active cultures
  • This product contains no GMO ingredients.

 

San Francisco Sourdough Starter Allergen Information

  • Manufactured in a facility that processes products containing gluten.
  • Non-GMO

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  • From Kathy at 2/2/2011 8:42 PM
    • I bought San Francisco Sourdough Starter and have lost the directions on how to activate. Was hoping to find directions online. I also have the Parisian started and have started it. Are the amounts of water and flour the same? thx...
    • You can find the instructions for any of our products on the product description page. For sourdough starters, the instructions are pretty much the same regardless of the strain.
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  • From dee at 4/25/2011 8:25 PM
    • i have two boxes of the sourdough starter. I went through the first steps where it sits for 12-18 hours, then you discard all but 1/2 cup and start feeding every 12 hours with 1/2 water and 1 c flour.
      question: the instructions say that to cover loosely as it might "bubble over" what level of bubble are we talking about? My mixture never rose nor did i see bubbles above the surface. However, the mixture looked like it was bubbling beneath the surface, sort of. there was no "bubbling over" to be had in either batch.
      Is it dead perhaps? please let me know as I dont' want to commit to days of feeding/stirring only to find a lifeless blob of dough.
      thanks!
    • The note about "bubbling over" is a precaution - not all sourdough starters will bubble over. If your starter looks active - as you say, bubbling under the surface - it is working and you should continue with the feedings. Be sure to email us at [email protected] if you run into any difficulties!
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  • From dee at 4/26/2011 7:01 AM
    • I just had to follow up...thank you for the quick answer! I was about to give up on this whole project but this morning I awoke to a lovely blob of starter on the counter - finally some bubbling over action :) The stuff is cooking away beautifully now so I'm glad I stuck with it. Looking forward to making some pancakes with the leftover starter!
    • So glad that it is working for you!
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  • From Lisa Renich at 6/26/2011 6:25 PM
    • Is your SF Starter Gluten-free. I have a sneaking that it isn't so I need to know how to wash out the wheat flour & make sure it becomes GF. Also, what kind of GF flour would be best to use? Thanks.
    • Our SF sourdough starter is not gluten-free, as it has been grown with regular wheat flour. The only gluten-free sourdough starter we carry is the Brown Rice Sourdough. Whether or not your starter contains gluten as you work with it would depend on the kind of flour you feed it. You could use any gluten-free flour and convert the starter to work with that flour. We have an article on how to convert sourdough over to a different flour: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/how-switch-sourdough-new-type-flour/
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  • From Sharon Anne at 8/20/2011 10:53 PM
    • How many feedings can I expect before the starter totally converts into just the wild yeasts of my local area?
    • If you feed the San Francisco sourdough regularly, and store it properly, the culture should be strong enough to maintain its integrity. This is an heirloom variety starter, that has been propagated for many years.
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  • From Troy at 3/2/2012 12:34 PM
    • Is this product vegan?
    • Our sourdough cultures contain no animal byproducts.
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  • From Sarah Mulholland at 5/7/2012 2:45 PM
    • Would it be alright to use fresh ground hard white wheat flour with this starter?
    • 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.

      Hard White Wheat Flour is a whole grain flour. White flour typically refers to refined flour. If you have just received your sourdough culture, first get the culture going (feed it a few times) using the flour the culture is accustomed to (white flour for San Francisco Sourdough Starter.)
      Once the culture is clearly healthy and flourishing, split the sourdough culture in two. Place one half in the fridge and work with the second half. Sometimes there is a bit of a learning curve when switching a sourdough culture to a new type of flour. The half starter in the fridge serves as a back up just in case. Start feeding the second half of the starter with the new type of flour.
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  • From Heather at 7/21/2012 3:28 PM
    • Can this starter be used with white whole wheat flour, or should I stick with regular white flour?
    • The San Francisco Sourdough Starter should be fed with regular white flour. Once your starter is well-established and active, you can switch a portion of it to a different type of flour, such as white whole wheat flour. Always retain a portion of your master starter as a back-up.
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  • From RickF at 11/15/2012 7:44 PM
    • Hi.. Just wondering if these Sourdough starters are in a dried form or in a ball of dough of some sort? I've tried other cultures from elsewhere that came in a dried format and I'm likely not going to be around when they arrive in the mail.. I just need to inform the neighbor kid to put it in fridge or a cool spot if required (since it's almost winter here).. Thx!
    • They are in fact dried! The sourdough starters are fine at room temperature for 6+ months. So even if your neighbor simply put the package in your home where it's room temperature, it would be fine!
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  • From Ira at 2/4/2013 12:30 PM
    • My starter come up very sour. And the bread was very sour as well. I used the right proportions but somehow it's really VERY sour. Should the proper starter be sour?
    • The San Francisco Sourdough Starter makes a traditionally sour bread. To reduce or increase the sourness of your bread, there are several tips in this article: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/how-to-make-truly-sour-sourdough-bread
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