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Making cultured and fermented foods doesn't have to be difficult. You can learn to make cultured and fermented foods at home with our Cultures for Health team.

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  • Choosing A Water Source For Making Cultured & Fermented Foods

    Choosing A Water Source For Making Cultured & Fermented Foods

    Many fermented foods require water for the culturing process. Learn which factors to consider when choosing a water source.

  • Introduction to Sourdough

    Introduction to Sourdough

    Ever wonder about the science behind sourdough or how wild yeast makes sourdough work? We've got the details behind sourdough's science and history.

  • Choosing a Sourdough Starter

    Choosing a Sourdough Starter

    Not all sourdough starters are alike. Discover the major differences between sourdough starters, and find out which sour dough starter is right for you.

  • Sourdough Starter FAQ

    Sourdough Starter FAQ

    Learn more about working with our traditional sourdough starter cultures with our extensive FAQ.

  • A Complete Glossary of Sourdough Terminology

    A Complete Glossary of Sourdough Terminology

    The world of sourdough baking is both an art and science and if you're just getting started, you might find yourself facing fancy loaves and foreign terminology. But don't let that fool you! Sourdough baking can be as easy as grabbing a sourdough starter and following a simple recipe you love. Let this glossary of terms be your guide as you explore the wonderful world of sourdough baking!

  • How To Obtain or Make a Sourdough Starter

    How To Obtain or Make a Sourdough Starter

    Getting started making sourdough? Learn how to obtain an established sourdough starter or make one from scratch with our sourdough starter recipe.

  • The Basic Principles Of Working With Sourdough

    The Basic Principles Of Working With Sourdough

    Are you ready to get started with sourdough? Learn some sourdough basics and beginner baking techniques for working with sourdough.

  • HOW-TO VIDEO: Activating Sourdough Starter

    HOW-TO VIDEO: Activating Sourdough Starter

    Learn how to activate a dehydrated sourdough culture and get started making homemade sourdough bread with this step-by-step how-to video.

  • HOW-TO VIDEO: How To Feed A Sourdough Starter

    HOW-TO VIDEO: How To Feed A Sourdough Starter

    Learn how to care for a sourdough starter through regular feedings with flour and water. Maintain your starter on the countertop or in the refrigerator.

  • Hydration Level Of Sourdough Starter

    Hydration Level Of Sourdough Starter

    Some sourdough recipes need sourdough starter at a certain hydration level. What does hydration mean? How can you adjust the hydration of your starter?

  • How To Measure Flour for Sourdough Baking

    How To Measure Flour for Sourdough Baking

    Flour measurements can be one of the biggest variables when it comes to finished baked products. Learn how to measure most accurately by weight or volume.

  • Introduction To Working With Gluten-Free Sourdough

    Introduction To Working With Gluten-Free Sourdough

    If you have a gluten intolerance you can still enjoy homemade sourdough breads made with gluten-free flours. Learn more about gluten-free sourdough baking.

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