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"My first starter - a dream to work with."
After unsuccessfully trying to make my own starter from scratch I purchased these starter cultures. A year later, and I am in love with baking sourdough breads. This culture is un-fussy - the rise is FAST!! almost as fast as breads with yeast, and one feeding out of the fridge has it ready to go for baking day. I highly recommend this culture for beginning sourdough bakers. I fiddled around with a few recipes but now have a reliable 80% whole wheat sandwich style bread that I can adapt to suit my moods. I don't find it overly sour as the other reviewer mentioned - but to make it even less so I add in a bit of baking soda to counter-act the acidity - in my opinion this is a better a solution than adding sweetener. Do not think that you can only make Rye breads with this rye starter. It has worked beautifully in many different recipes with all different types of flour.
"Update after 2 years"
This review is a followup for my previous review. The New Zealand starter has been excellent. I've cultured it with barley, rye, and wheat, and made numerous types of breads, pizzas, English muffins, pancakes, and even desserts (like gingerbread, cookies) with it. It has been very adaptable, tolerating a wide range of temperatures (after it was already live). I love how quick it is, as well. The only thing I'd change in my last review is my review on price - it's absolutely worth it. At the time, I didn't appreciate the value of what I was buying, as it was my first starter, and I didn't realize it could last a lifetime. Of course it's worth the minimal initial investment! All and all, I think that making my family's bread from scratch has been our biggest dollar saver and health enhancer.
"First timer here. Glad I went for it."
This is my first starter and I was sure I would kill it, but I didn't! I pampered it the first few days with one slip up that made me feel like a bad parent ;) I have since realized it's pretty forgiving. My first two loaves went well. The flavor was very mild but the bread cut really well (not crumbly) and made great toast. From what I have read, the flavor may improve with age and from keeping it just a bit dryer of a starter, not so wet. I moved it to the refrigerator just over a week ago after deciding I was discarding too much starter... pouring money down the drain. We don't eat a lot of bread so I will keep it refrigerated most of the time. I tried some bread sticks one evening and they failed terribly. You really need a good recipe and time to follow correctly and time to experiment. My experience is very little so far. I hope to try rolls and pretzels but so far the bread is good and that's the reason I bought the starter, so I'm good with that. I took it out last night, fed it and left it on the counter. I will be making my second batch of sourdough bread today. If you enjoy baking and healthy bread, give it a try.
I ordered this thermometer because I had a coupon. This is my first digital thermometer. I like it because it is waterproof. I use it to make yogurt and kefir. In the past, I have bought Taylor brand standard thermometers and found them to be good quality. I'm expecting this one to hold up well also.
"Easy to read"
Really glad I purchased this item
"Reliable and easy to read"
I use it for making yogurt, and feta cheese. I use it to be sure my hand feeding formula is the right temperature for baby parrots. Easy to read and very reliable.