• Lauren Humphreys

Sourdough Starter

I would like to introduce you to my 6 day old sourdough starter named Marty!

It took a few days for me to settle on a name for this special starter, but Marty only seemed fitting. I chose the name after Marty McFly on the Back to the Future trilogy because he is such a lovable character. My dad introduced us to these movies at a young age, and they are among my favorites! A current Marty that also came to mind is Marty Byrde from the Netflix series Ozark. I am hoping our Marty has the same type of resiliency as the character on the show. If you haven't watched it, be prepared for some craziness. It may seem silly to name a sourdough starter, but it sort of feels like a pet. It is a living "wild yeast" and needs to be fed daily.


Sourdough starter is comprised of naturally occurring yeast and lactobacilli that is used for leavening, most notably sourdough bread. It begins with just flour, water, and time. I will admit that this may seem a bit gross, but creating a sourdough starter has been really rewarding thus far. It also requires great patience, which I would say I am struggling with. Rob can attest to this! If you have been following my Instagram stories, I hope you have enjoyed seeing his progress and growth to-date. Marty still needs a little more time before he’s ready to leaven bread, but I am hoping within the coming week he will be good to go. I will keep sharing updates on my Instagram stories [@mitch8blog].

My Sourdough Inspiration


Life in quarantine is not all bad. It has allowed me to set goals and try new things that I never would have attempted in the past. I was familiar with sourdough, but decided to try it out myself after seeing a blog post from Krissy, the blogger behind Sweet Girl Eats. Krissy recently shared her beautiful loaf of sourdough and experience growing a sourdough starter. To see her blog and read about her sourdough experience, please click here. She also has other great recipes on her blog, including S’Mores Crispy Treats, Greek Chickpea Salad, and Carnitas! I hope you will check out her blog and follow her on Instagram [@sweetgirleats].


I also drew inspiration from my friend Amy who’s been sharing beautiful sourdough creations for about a year and a half from her starter named Wilma. Aside from her talents in baking, she’s also a speedy runner and fabulous dietitian. She has true gift when it comes to her bakes, and I hope to someday achieve her level of success with my sourdough breads. Time will tell! In the meantime, I recommend following her on Instagram too [@littlechefbakes].


Make Your Own Sourdough Starter


There are many other bloggers sharing their methods to make sourdough. From what I am quickly learning, there is no true “right” way to go about making sourdough, but there are many things you can do wrong!


I followed Krissy’s advice and used the instructions from The Prairie Homestead blog. It gives full instructions and includes a video explaining exactly what to do. The link to the article “How to Make Your Own Sourdough Starter” can be accessed here:


https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2020/03/make-sourdough-starter.html


I also included the link to the Sourdough Starter from King Arthur Flour. This recipe instructs using whole rye or whole wheat flour.


https://www.kingarthurflour.com/recipes/sourdough-starter-recipe

I am still very much a newbie and have yet to bake my own bread. I will leave the full details to the sourdough experts. I am here to share my experience, and hopefully inspire you to give it a try, too! I will be honest that I didn’t follow the instructions perfectly. I only used all-purpose flour instead of whole wheat flour to avoid an unnecessary trip out to the grocery store. If Marty fails, I will take full responsibility. So far, he seems to be doing just fine.

It's been a fun and educational process in just the 6 days so far. I have already made herb crackers and chocolate cake with my discard sourdough starter. Both of which were delicious! I will be sharing the recipes and explaining what “discard” is in later posts. Here's a sneak peek!


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