How to take care of your sourdough starter:
I just ordered this today (2/17/2010) and can't wait to get it. I have made my own, but have heard that this is the BOMB!!
Congratulations! You've just received a jar of King Arthur Flour's fresh sourdough starter. Your sourdough starter may look a little the worse for wear after its trip to your home. It may also have a sharp, astringent odor; this is normal. What it needs is food (King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour) and water; for best results, use chlorine-free tap water, or bottled water. Let's get your starter ready for baking:
Here's your container of starter.
1) Add 1/4 cup lukewarm water to the starter in the container. Stir to dislodge the starter, and shake/stir to combine. Pour into a large glass or ceramic bowl.
6) The starter will be fairly thick, like pancake batter.
To make "fed" sourdough starter:
1) Up to 12 hours before beginning a recipe, stir the starter and discard 1 cup. Or give 1 cup to a friend, or use 1 cup to make waffles. However you do it, you want to get rid of 1 cup of starter.
5) Stir down, return to its container, and refrigerate.
To keep sourdough in the refrigerator:
If you're not planning on using your sourdough starter for over a week, take it out and feed it once a week, if you remember. But starter that hasn't been fed for a month or more will still probably be just fine, if you follow these steps:
Sourdough Waffles or Pancakes
Crisp, feathery light, and with a delightful, mild tang, these waffles evoke memories of Goldrush days in California, when sourdough pancakes, biscuits, and bread were served to miners morning, noon, and night. This recipe also makes great pancakes.
• 2 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
• 2 tablespoons sugar
• 2 cups buttermilk
• 1 cup sourdough starter, straight from the refrigerator (not fed)
Waffle or Pancake Batter
• all of the overnight sponge
• 2 large eggs
• 1/4 cup vegetable oil or melted butter
• 3/4 teaspoon salt
• 1 teaspoon baking soda
Tips from our bakers
o Want to make pancakes? Simply cook the batter in rounds on a griddle, rather than in a waffle iron.
Sour Dough Starter