San Francisco Sourdough Starter

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If you crave sourdough bread from San Francisco, this is the sourdough starter culture for you.

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.

Using Our San Francisco Sourdough Starter Culture

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


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 recipes for a new take on old favorites.


San Francisco Sourdough Starter Ingredients:

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


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

 

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. 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

 

San Francisco Sourdough Allergen Information: 

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


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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 customersupport@culturesforhealth.com 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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Excellent! Review by Marlene
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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!

(Posted on 1/27/2015)

Easy Review by Fittje4
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Great product very easy to start and keep up

(Posted on 1/23/2015)

san francisco sourdough starter Review by grizz
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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.

(Posted on 12/8/2014)

Great product Review by Ed
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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!

(Posted on 12/4/2014)

Working good now Review by Tom
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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!

(Posted on 11/26/2014)

makes me miss CA Review by Ali
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This sourdough starter is AWESOME!!!

(Posted on 11/26/2014)

A superior product that produces a delicious loaf of bread! Review by Amber
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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!

(Posted on 11/4/2014)

Excellent Review by Linda
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Delicious bread is being baked every week!

(Posted on 10/7/2014)

Excellent bubbly starter Review by Jennigui
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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.

(Posted on 10/5/2014)

Great starter Review by roanna
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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.

(Posted on 9/9/2014)

Great Starter Review by Wave
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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!

(Posted on 8/24/2014)

Awesome Starter Review by ?
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This starter makes great bread!

(Posted on 7/29/2014)

Excellent Starter! Review by Thistley
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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!

(Posted on 7/26/2014)

Great Product Review by abbie
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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.

(Posted on 7/8/2014)

Love The Flavor Review by Nancyz
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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!!!

(Posted on 5/13/2014)

San Francisco Ex-Pats Thumbs Up Review by NavyMom
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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.

(Posted on 4/10/2014)

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

(Posted on 3/25/2014)

Didn't work for me. :( Review by Laney
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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.

(Posted on 3/10/2014)

Great product Review by Flysmith
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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

(Posted on 2/25/2014)

I found a new hobby! Review by Connie
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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!

(Posted on 2/16/2014)



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