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What is Sourdough?

Ready to make your own sourdough baked goods? You can learn to make sourdough starter and sourdough baked goods from our Cultures for Health team and other Real Food pros.

Whether you are new to sourdough baking or looking for some new recipes to try, we have a wide selection of expert advice articles, how-to videos, and recipes to help you bake delicious, fresh sourdough bread at home! Browse our expert advice below and remember...you can do this!

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Quick Links and Definitions to Help You Get Started!

Sourdough is an ancient method of capturing wild yeast to leaven baked goods. A sourdough culture is originally 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.

 

Browse all Sourdough Expert Advice Articles:

The Basics of Sourdough | Sourdough Expert Advice | Cultures for Health Caring for Your Sourdough Starter | Sourdough Expert Advice | Cultures for Health Sourdough Baking | Sourdough Expert Advice | Cultures for Health
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Using and Storing Sourdough Bread | Sourdough Expert Advice | Cultures for Health Gluten-Free Sourdough | Sourdough Expert Advice | Cultures for Health Troubleshooting Sourdough | Sourdough Expert Advice | Cultures for Health
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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.

How to Start and Maintain a Gluten-free Sourdough Starter

An Introduction to Working With Gluten-free Sourdough

The Art of Gluten-free Sourdough Baking

A Guide to Binders in Gluten-free Sourdough Baking

Gluten-free Sourdough Paleo Options

 

 

 

 

A Guide to Flour Substitutions in Gluten-free Sourdough Baking

Taking a Break from a Sourdough Starter: Proper Storage Techniques

How to Make a "White Flour" All-Purpose, Gluten-free Flour Blend

How to Make Gluten-free, All-Purpose, Whole-Grain Flour Blend

Using Water Kefir and Other Gluten-free Sourdough Boosters

 

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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