Two years ago, I asked a friend for some of his sourdough starter. Sourdough starter is basically wild yeast and is the basis of real bread. Our family had been buying real sourdough bread from a local bakery so that everyone in the family, even the gluten-free members, was able to eat delicious, fluffy, real bread. The bread was great but the cost was getting to me and I decided it would be beneficial to both the family budget and our health if I started making my own.
I had no idea how much this one decision would change my life. I’m not exaggerating, really I’m not. I’m thrilled with how natural it’s become and how much a part of my life it is now. My new hobby is figuring out how to use sourdough starter or the discard in all my baking recipes. And as natural it is to me, I can’t help but hope to encourage others to do the same.
I haven’t purchased bread from a grocery store shelf in over 2 years. When the bread or pasta shelves are empty, I’m not even aware of it and I want the same for you. I want every home to have a well-fed starter on the counter and a dough-filled banneton in the refrigerator at all times.
So, here’s what I’m thinking, how about trying your hand at making sourdough bread. Yes, I’m looking at you. I am more than willing to help. I even created the below PDF with the directions. Feel free to download the 8-page PDF and send any questions to me through the contact page. And if you’re local to Dripping Springs, Texas let me know. I’m happy to share my starter with you to get you on your own sourdough journey. I’m fairly certain that starter will change your life too.