No Need for Yeast

Sourdough Starter
Sourdough Starter

I have already packaged flour and other food items for baking bread while under way.  One thing that kind of niggled at me was the fact that we could run out of yeast, or yeast would go bad because we aren’t using it fast enough.  (We’re not huge bread-eaters.)

Recently, I got the idea to look into making sourdough bread.  I wasn’t looking into it for the Boat but just because I had always been fascinated by the way it’s made, it’s complexity.   I had tried once but failed miserably.  I wanted to try again.  Also, I had read on various websites, as on this one, that sourdough is actually better for you than whole wheat or white bread.

Maybe because I had looked into it once, or maybe because this guy’s website was so explicit with steps and pictures,  it seemed more do-able this time, so I decided to try it again.

As I read his “how to” directions, I realized that this type of bread doesn’t need yeast!  Eureka!  I now have a way to make bread with just flour, and if I follow the steps correctly, the bread will rise without the need for commercial yeast.  It will make its own.

The “sourdough starter,” as it’s called, needs to be “fed” every day.  I think I can handle that.  The picture above is what it looks like at the end of the first day.  I’m going to feed it every day and call him George.

He has a 7 day gestation period and his “due date” is October 4th.  It is at that point that I’ll be able to make my first loaf of sourdough bread.  Fingers crossed.  Pictures coming.

Update October 3, 2016:  I found a different website where there are further explanations and directions, including scientific stuff, and it really cleared it up for me…why we do these steps.  Check it out.

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