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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.
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.
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!
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Getting started making sourdough? Learn how to obtain an established sourdough starter or make one from scratch with our sourdough starter recipe.
Follow our easy step-by-step instructions for activating and maintaining your sourdough starter.
Learn the simple techniques for keeping a sourdough starter healthy and active for making bread and other baked goods.
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.
Learn how to bring your refrigerated starter out of hibernation and make fresh sourdough starter that is active and ready to leaven your baked goods.
Once your sourdough starter is active, it's time to bake! We'll teach you how to build up enough fresh sourdough starter for baking a loaf of bread.
Some sourdough recipes need sourdough starter at a certain hydration level. What does hydration mean? How can you adjust the hydration of your starter?
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.
Mixing ingredients to make bread dough is the first step in nearly every sourdough recipe. Learn tips for mixing dough to help you master sourdough recipes.
Have a favorite recipe for quick bread or one using baking yeast? The good news is you can adapt recipes, to use your sourdough starter.
Thinking of trying a new sourdough starter? You can purchase an established starter or switch your current starter to a new flour. We'll teach you how!
At one point or another we all need a break from our sourdough culture. Check out these tips for safe short and long-term storage of your sourdough culture.