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Alaskan Sourdough Starter

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Originating in the great state of Alaska, our Alaskan Sourdough Starter is an easy-to-use classic sourdough starter culture. Alaskan starter proofs more quickly than other white flour sourdough starters. It tastes great in your favorite bread recipes, like Basic Sourdough Bread and Parmesan-Olive Sourdough Bread.

Your Alaskan Sourdough Starter: What's in the Box? 

  • Each box contains 1 packet of dehydrated Alaskan Sourdough Starter Culture
  • Store in a cool, dry place until ready to activate.
  • Activate using white flour and unchlorinated, unfluoridated water.
  • Our Alaskan Sourdough Starter is easy to use and maintain. Feed daily for frequent use or weekly, if baking infrequently.
  • Learn more about maintaining a sourdough starter and baking with sourdough


Alaskan Sourdough Starter Ingredients:

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

Alaskan 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.


Alaskan Sourdough Starter Shipping Information and Shelf-life:

Our Alaskan 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


 Alaskan Sourdough Allergen Information: 

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


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  • From Janie Prichard at 1/28/2015 12:19 AM
    • I like to bake with a combination of flour, including white whole wheat, unbleached flour, and sprouted whole wheat flour as well as other healthy grains, although most of the time, the wholewheat and unbleached flours are my 'go-to' blends.Can I use whole grain flour and expect quality products from the Alaskan Sourdough Starter? Also, how versatile is this starter for baking not only loaf breads but also pancakes and biscuits? Am I expecting too much versatility? :0)
    • The Alaskan Sourdough Starter is a white flour starter but once activated, you can change it over to whole wheat flour for feeding. You'll find information about that process here: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/how-switch-sourdough-new-type-flour

      The starter will make wonderful pancakes, crackers, biscuits or bread and you'll find recipes here: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/sourdough-recipes
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  • From Lorrain Desjarlais at 10/30/2014 12:20 PM
    • How many loaves of sourdough bread does the Alaskan Sourdough Starter make?
    • This an heirloom sourdough starter. Once activated, it can be used indefinitely to create baked goods as often as you like. You can adjust the amount of starter to make one loaf, or as many as your oven will hold.
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  • From Eric Rhodus at 4/24/2014 11:17 PM
    • What is the maximum shelf life of this dried starter, before it has to be activated?
    • For maximum shelf life we recommend storing your unopened sourdough starter in the freezer where it will last at least 12 months.
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Customer Reviews

actively happy dough Review by cinder

This starter was real easy to work with. As described above this starter is active early and strongly, is forgiving and reliable. The flavor of the bread is very like my favorite from San Fransisco.

(Posted on 6/20/2015)

awesome! Review by Kaz

I have tried to make my own sourdough in the past and was never successful. Using this product was so easy. I've made bread and also turned some of the extra dough into a sweet type for Amish Friendship Bread. Just baked it this morning and it is fantastic. Had to take my sleeping dough out of the refrigerator as I've used so much of it!

(Posted on 11/20/2014)

Still going strong Review by Kiki

I reviewed this starter back in January and wanted to update. I have had zero problems with this most forgiving starter, in August I put it in the freezer for three months until I was ready to resume bread making. Pulled starter out of freezer, and it was doing great after the first feeding.

I live in Minnesota and the inside of our home is rarely above 65 degrees. This starter is suitable for cold climates. I will proof it in oven with nothing more than oven light. Also, this starter seems to raise much faster than others I've had, literally ready to bake bread in four hours. Keep that in mind if you need a slower starter.

(Posted on 11/17/2014)

Great tasting sourdough Review by Lisa

I just made pancakes for my kids with the extra dough. They both liked and ate them, which is a first with sourdough for me. This one has a mildly sour taste perfect for kids or anyone who are hesitant about the sour stuff.

(Posted on 10/29/2014)

great starter Review by Aunt Jane

Took about 4 days to get going but my first loaf of bread turned out great -- even after I let it rise too long! I expected it to rise in 4 or 5 hours and it was ready much sooner! And I left it in the oven about 5 degrees too long and it was still great!! It stay fresh for several days and was better the 2nd day than when it was fresh!! I'M HOOKED!!!

(Posted on 4/28/2014)

A good starter, for starters. Review by iharlow

This starter started me making sourdough! I had no trouble cultivating the starter; after 7 days, I enjoyed my first loaf of delicious and slightly tangy sourdough bread.

(Posted on 3/5/2014)

Easy keeper Review by Kiki

I've done a few sourdough starters in the past. One I cultivated myself and also CFH New England starter (which is very good, too). This is a nice, easy, vigorous,,and forgiving starter. It has a nice soft tang to it. I never throw out excess but store in big jar in refrigerator and use for crackers and pancakes. Even the unfed excess will continue to bubble a little with no hooch. I really like it.

(Posted on 1/30/2014)

Good stuff Review by dough nut

I'm a newcomer to sourdough bread baking and to a lesser degree, bread baking in general. This is the first sourdough starter I've tried. I followed the directions for reviving it, and it did take close to seven days to really get bubbling. Don't lose faith! I've been using it in con junction with the basic country loaf recipe/technique in the Tartine bread book for the last several months and it's been really easy to use. I haven't always been 100% on top of feeding it on schedule but it has been very forgiving. It works fairly quickly. It isn't inherently all that sour, but if you let the dough proof at a low temperature for a long time you can really bring out the sour flavor. Our house tends to be in the low to mid 60's in the winter, and that seems to be fine. To make it really sour, I put it in the fridge overnight to proof.

(Posted on 1/6/2014)

Great product! Review by luannee06

I bought this after a failed attempt at a starter from another company. This is such an active starter and smells wonderful. I've baked bread twice with and and also made some pancakes. Turned out wonderful!

(Posted on 12/3/2013)

Very Easy Starter Review by Tom

I got this about a year and a half ago and am very pleased with it. I've had no trouble maintaining the starter; I keep it in the refrigerator between uses. The starter has a very mild flavor, so keep that in mind. Don't expect a strong sourdough taste.

(Posted on 3/29/2011)

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