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What is Sourdough?

Sourdough is an ancient method of capturing wild yeast to leaven baked goods.

A sourdough culture is orignally created by mixing flour and water and letting it sit out for a period of time to capture wild yeast.

Once established, a sourdough starter is easy to care for, can last indefinitely, and can be used to make a variety of baked goods.

Learn To Make Sourdough

Ready to make your own sourdough baked goods? Learn to make sourdough starter and sourdough baked goods from the CFH staff and other real food pros. Choose from a wide selection of articles, videos, and recipes.

         
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The Basics of Sourdough

Let us help you choose the right sourdough starter and ingredients, as well as understand the basics of working with sourdough.

 

Introduction to Sourdough

Sourdough FAQ

A Comparison of Sourdough Starters

How to Obtain a Sourdough Starter


 

Sourdough Starter Instructions

Choosing a Water Source for Making Cultured Foods

The Basic Principles of Working with Sourdough

 

Caring For Your Sourdough Starter: Activation and Feeding

Learn how to activate and care for your sourdough starter. Make adjustments to fit your baking needs and taste preference.

 

Activating/Rehydrating Sourdough Starter (Video)

Sourdough Activation and Feeding FAQ

Feeding a Sourdough Starter (Video)

Making Fresh Sourdough Starter 

Preparing Fresh Sourdough Starter for Baking

Hydration Level of Sourdough Starter

Keeping Sourdough Starter Healthy

 

 

Tips for Manipulating the Sourness of Sourdough

10 Tips for Working with a Traditional Sourdough Culture

Switching a Sourdough Starter to a New Type of Flour

Taking a Break from a Sourdough Starter: Proper Storage Techniques

Making Sourdough Fit Your Life

How to Dehydrate A Sourdough Starter

 

Sourdough Baking

We offer helpful articles for preparing sourdough starter for baking and learning to bake using your sourdough starter with a variety of ingredients and conditions.

 

A Comparison of Heirloom Wheat Varieties for Sourdough Baking

Using Rye Flour in Your Sourdough

How to Measure Flour

Baking with Sprouted Flours

Short vs. Long Fermentation in Sourdough Baking

Tips for Manipulating the Sourness of Sourdough

How to Use Discarded Sourdough Starter

 

 

 

Sourdough Baking Tips and Tricks

Using a Bread Machine to Make Sourdough

How to Make Sourdough Bread (Recipe & Video)

How Altitude Affects Sourdough Baking

How to Convert a Quick Bread into a Sourdough Recipe

How to Adapt Any Recipe to Become a Sourdough Recipe

Artisan Loaves from Your Regular Kitchen Oven

 

Using and Storing Sourdough Bread


How to Store Homemade Bread

How to Revive Dried-out Sourdough Bread


 

10 Uses for Stale Sourdough Bread

Beyond the Loaf: The Many Uses of Sourdough

 
 

Gluten-Free Sourdough

Do you suffer from gluten intolerance or allergies? Read through some helpful information for working with gluten-free sourdough. We also offer easy and delicious gluten-free sourdough recipes.

 

An Introduction to Working With Gluten-free Sourdough

The Art of Gluten-free Sourdough Baking

A Guide to Binders in Gluten-free Sourdough Baking

 

A Guide to Flour Substitutions in Gluten-free Sourdough Baking

Taking a Break from a Sourdough Starter: Proper Storage Techniques

 
 

Troubleshooting Sourdough

Sourdough is a living thing. As such, it can be unpredictable due to changes in its environment. Most sourdough problems can be easily remedied. However, there are a few situations which might require some extra care.

Check out these tips, tricks and general advice to help you care for your sourdough starter.

 

Troubleshooting Sourdough Starter

Sourdough Starter Troubleshooting FAQ

Troubleshooting Free-Form Sourdough Loaves


 

Cold Weather Care for Starter Cultures 

Warm Weather Care for Starter Cultures

 

 Sourdough How-to Videos

Check out some of our how-to videos on sourdough, from feeding your sourdough starter to making your own sourdough bread!

 

Activating/Rehydrating Sourdough Starter (Video)

Feeding a Sourdough Starter (Video)

 

How to Make Sourdough Bread (Recipe & Video)

 

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