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.

Using Our San Francisco Sourdough Starter Culture

This San Francisco Sourdough Starter Culture is easy to care for and use. For best results, we recommend feeding your sourdough starter weekly.

San Francisco sourdough starter is available as a dried culture. Dried sourdough starters are shelf-stable and do not have to be fed or cared for immediately. Dried sourdough starters can be ready to create baked goods within 3 to 5 days.

Detailed instructions will be included with your order. Click here to view our San Francisco Sourdough Starter instructions.

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  • From Ursula at 2/6/2014 9:55 AM
    • I am using white flour to activate my starter as per your instructions but I only use sprouted spring wheat flour for my baking. My question is, once my started is activated and happy, do I follow your article about "switch to new flour" to try to feed my starter sprouted flour instead of white flour?

      Or can I continue to feed the starter the white flour BUT use my sprouted flour for the baking? For example, will my bread dough still rise by using sprouted flour instead of white flour for the recipes?

      Thank you in advance.

    • There is no need to switch your starter to the new flour. You can continue feeding with white flour and baking with wheat or any other flour or flour combination. Your bread should still rise beautifully.

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  • From I at 5/19/2013 5:35 PM
    • Hello,

      Help! Please.

      I made pancakes with the discarded dough.

      The texture was similar to rubber.

      The taste... I hope that the bread will taste better
      than the pancakes.

      Maybe this sourdough doesn't produce tasty pancakes.


      ????????,

      Frustrated
    • Rubbery pancakes are normally caused by over processing the protein in the flour (stirring too much) or using a flour with too much protein, like bread flour.

      The San Francisco Sourdough Starter usually makes great pancakes. You might try using a different flour, stirring less and if the flavor is not quite like you're looking for, the tips on manipulating can be found here: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/how-to-make-truly-sour-sourdough-bread/
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  • From AZSteve at 4/21/2013 12:53 PM
    • This starter came up as an heirloom starter. Are you able to give details of its pedigree? Able to verify the region it came from and how far back it has been used?
    • We acquired and have maintained the cultures for approximately 4 years.

      We maintain the cultures from evolving away from the original culture by only working with one at a time and we activate them from a previous dried batch, manufacture more, and dry it again. The drying and reactivating process doesn't harm the culture and ensures it's not sitting around in-between working picking up other yeasts and bacteria.
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  • From Kim Meekins at 3/12/2013 1:03 AM
    • How many ounces is in the box of San Francisco Sourdough Starter and does it really taste like sourdough from San Francisco? I have had other "sourdough" breads that were sadly lacking that great flavor.
    • Our San Francisco sourdough starter culture contains Lactobacillus sanfrancisco bacteria and wild yeast Candida humilis giving this sourdough starter that famous San Francisco taste. The package contains .24 oz. of dehydrated starter, just mix with flour and water to start your journey into the wonderful world of sourdough!
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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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  • 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 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 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 Troy at 3/2/2012 12:34 PM
    • Is this product vegan?
    • Our sourdough cultures contain no animal byproducts.
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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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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)

Very easy to work with! Review by BUSY MOM IN AL
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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.

(Posted on 2/6/2014)

Great starter Review by Kim
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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!

(Posted on 1/30/2014)

fantastic product! Review by sarah
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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!

(Posted on 1/22/2014)

Excellent starter Review by Bill
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Real San Francisco flavor and aroma. Has developed beautifully over the last two weeks and makes a great loaf.

(Posted on 1/14/2014)

Arrived the very next day, I used the cheapest shipping also! Review by HaleighBaleigh
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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!

(Posted on 1/10/2014)

Excellent product! Review by LanDebLew
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Best bread, most active starter, I love it!

(Posted on 12/26/2013)



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