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San Francisco Sourdough Starter

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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.

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 sourdough 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 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.

 

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 San Francisco Sourdough 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 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 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 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 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 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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Great starter! Review by Mike
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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.

(Posted on 7/12/2015)

A foolproof starter. Great taste. Review by Hal
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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.

(Posted on 7/9/2015)

Outstanding product! Review by Lynnie
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If you are looking to purchase a sour dough 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.

(Posted on 6/8/2015)

Very happy with the starter. Review by Janine
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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!

(Posted on 5/25/2015)

Awesome Review by nick
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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.

(Posted on 4/4/2015)

Great product Review by Retired2Bake
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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!

(Posted on 3/4/2015)

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

(Posted on 2/28/2015)

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)



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