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Originating near Paris, France, our Parisian Sourdough Starter Culture makes a wonderful French bread. The Parisian Sourdough Starter is mild in flavor and can be used to make a range of baked goods, from Sourdough Biscuits to Sourdough Focaccia with Rosemary and Garlic.

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

  • Each box contains 1 packet of dehydrated Parisian Sourdough Starter Culture
  • Store in a cool, dry place until ready to activate.
  • Activate using white flour and unchlorinated, unfluoridated water.
  • Our Parisian 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


Parisian Sourdough Starter Ingredients:

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

Parisian 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.


Parisian Sourdough Starter Shipping Information and Shelf-life:

Our Parisian 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

Parisian Sourdough Allergen Information: 

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

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  • From EW at 8/13/2014 3:26 PM
  • From Nadia at 2/2/2014 2:46 PM
    • Can we use white rice flour for the Parisian Sourdough starter? I am not familar with white flours and was wondering whether you could give me a brand of organic white flour that would work really well with this starter.

      Many thanks,
    • The Parisian Starter requires white flour made from wheat. So white rice flour would not be the appropriate food for this starter. Any brand of white flour made from wheat should work fine. Organic is best, if you can find it, to avoid as many contaminants as possible.
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  • From Eryn at 5/13/2013 12:08 PM
    • By white flour, you mean all purpose flour from the store, right? Not flour made from freshly ground (I have a mill) white whole wheat berries?
    • The white flour sourdough starters do require white flour that has the bran and germ removed, for feeding the starter. Flour made from white whole wheat berries may be used with our Desem (whole wheat) sourdough starter.

      Choose the specified flour for feeding the starter, and it's ok to use other flours as the ingredient in your recipe.

      Note that freshly ground flour is not recommended for feeding any of the sourdough starters. Please allow the flour to age on the counter for several weeks for best results.

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  • From Sara at 3/19/2013 9:39 AM
    • If I feed the starter with white flour, can I then use it to make whole wheat sourdough? Or better off to use the whole wheat starter instead?
    • As long as you feed the sourdough starter with the flour for which it was designed (ie white flour for the Parisian Starter) you may use other flours for the ingredient in the recipe when baking bread.
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  • From alli at 7/10/2012 12:14 PM
    • is this starter free of baker's yeast?
    • Sourdough cultures contain water, flour and wild yeast.
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Customer Reviews

Parisian Sourdough Starter Review by Diana

My SD started named Jubilee is just over 1 month old. This is my first time using a sourdough starter and I am quite pleased with the results. I never ever thought I would be able to make french bread that taste so good. Seems like she gets better and better with time. I stopped giving it a second kneading and I make it in the bread maker. Once done I shape it and let it rise. At times, I add a few tablespoons of MK to the dougn. I bake bread 1 time a week and use the excess for waffle batter. May think to venture off and try another starter.

(Posted on 2/23/2015)

Excellent taste Review by Sassavaughn

I am French and I really like the taste of my bread made with this starter. Thank you!

(Posted on 11/5/2014)

Très bien! Review by Loveychick

I LOVE my French sourdough starter! I've named it Jean-Luc and shared it with a friend, who named her portion Henry Pierre. I'm brand new to sourdough baking and have already successfully baked a delicious loaf of ciabatta with the discard and an even more spectacular loaf of no-knead bread in a dutch oven. Wow! This is fun! Thanks, CFH, and bon appetit!

(Posted on 11/2/2014)

Worked very well for me Review by Provi

This started worked beautifully, I got gorgeous loaves of bread with it. It has a sour taste as one would expect, but not as marked as other sourdough breads I've tried. very good produce over all. Thanks !

(Posted on 10/7/2014)

Fantastic starter! Review by LisaR

I have purchased starters from other companies with disappointing results, but this starter is fantastic. It is very active and has been easy to maintain. in the first week I made pizza dough and pancakes with the discard. This week I made baguettes and they were wonderful! I don't bake during the week so I keep in the fridge and start my feeding process on Friday for the weekend.

(Posted on 9/25/2014)

Good stuff Review by James

Received the starter quickly. Followed the directions without problems with a strong, healthy start. A previous starter from another company failed. This one was strong from the beginning. After some weeks using the technique of storing in the refrigerator, I split it to make a rye starter and it performed great. Now have two starters to work with.

(Posted on 7/24/2014)

Great product Review by Ferg

I have made a couple of loaves already. It's a lot of fun working with the sourdough starter, and this product (along with the recipes) made the process pretty easy!
I'm actually looking for a really hearty wheat recipe possibly with extra grains added... I think that would make a great bread.

(Posted on 5/1/2014)

didn't work Review by Marine

This starter simply did not work.
I ended up doing a sourdough starter from scratch (with rye flour) and that worked easily and beautifully. So at least I know, it's not a temperature issue in my home.
That's 2 out of 3 starters I got from you that did not work. Very disappointing.
I don't even dare to try the cheese starter I got from you.

Response from CFH: The Parisian Sourdough Starter requires white flour for feedings. Once established, a portion of the starter may be switched to feeding with other flours.

(Posted on 1/13/2014)

Yeah! Review by cjcash

I actually thought I had killed it, but the online help was awesome. My starter wasn't activating and had started to grown mold on the side. I followed the advice and now have tons of very healthy starter. Being new to sourdough I was also thrilled with the included recipes and very through instructions. Thank you very much!

(Posted on 1/2/2014)

Mild with power Review by Topo242

A very nice culture to start a lavain. This makes for a very neutral and mild starter that can be used for most breads. I keep my starter at 125% hydration as I bake bread every other day. It requires 3 feelings per day if you do this. The flavor is slightly nut to earthy. If you bake less often reduce hydration to equal parts by weight and refrigerate up to a week without feeding. Bring a portion up yo 125 to 150 hydration day before to get a very active starter. If you buy the San Francisco starter , keep it in the fridge at 125 % hydration, it likes cooler temperature to survive and multiply.
I would definitely recommend the culture they sell as authentic in flavor development for French baguettes.
Hope this helps.

(Posted on 12/11/2013)

Very happy! Review by Linda

The starter revived with no problems. I made cinnamon rolls as a "test" just before a week was up and they rose beautifully. I made sourdough biscuits and pancakes with discarded starter throughout the first week and they were wonderful. I am really pleased with this purchase. Reasonable price too.

(Posted on 11/4/2013)

Wonderful stuff! Review by Rachel

I got this as a gift about 8 months ago. I left the unopened package of starter in my fridge until a few days ago, when I started the process of bringing it back to life. After about 4 days of following the instructions pretty carefully, I have a big foamy jar of starter. After feeding, it triples in volume in about 4 hours. This is exciting!

I just baked my first loaf. I used the no-knead method and baked in a covered, preheated dutch oven. The bread came out perfectly. It's just as light and airy as my yeasted bread. The crust and flavor are superb. The sour flavor is present, but not as pronounced as other sourdough breads I've had.

Thank you!

(CFH, I don't see a way to add a photo here, but am happy to submit them.)

(Posted on 11/4/2013)

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