Rating: 3.88 stars
16 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 9
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 3

A sourdough starter that uses the liquid from boiled potatoes to attract wild yeast.

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prep:
35 mins
additional:
3 days
total:
3 days
Servings:
8
Yield:
2 cups
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Combine potatoes and water in a small stock pot or medium saucepan. Cover and boil until potatoes are tender, about 35 minutes. Drain cooking liquid into a large glass measuring cup. Reserve potatoes for another use.

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  • Transfer 1 1/4 cups of potato liquid to large ceramic or glass bowl. Add flour, sugar and salt to bowl; stir to combine. Cover bowl with cheesecloth and let stand at room temperature until starter begins to ferment and bubble, about 4 days. Starter is now ready to use.

  • Storage and feeding of starter: Transfer to covered plastic container and store in refrigerator. Feed starter every 2 weeks. Begin each feeding by discarding all but 1 cup. Mix 1 cup flour and 1 cup warm water (105 to 115 degrees F) into remaining mixture. Cover with plastic; let stand at room temperature overnight. Replace lid; return to refrigerator.

Nutrition Facts

92 calories; protein 2.3g; carbohydrates 20.1g; fat 0.2g; sodium 149mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (15)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
09/08/2005
After looking at other recipes here, my wife and I decided on this one. It was very simple to make and didn't require added yeast as many others here do. The first time we used it, it wasn't quite right, but we've been using it for about 3 months since then with excellent resuts. Its got a good flavor and the dough always rises without any help from store-bought yeast. The starter itself is low maintenance and was completely unphased when I forgot to feed it for 4 weeks. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
02/20/2008
Well, this starter did not work for me!! At the start of day 3 the starter was turning a reddish colour, which I learned is not a good thing. The recipe did not specify to cool off the potato water before adding the other ingredients so perhaps my water was too hot to start with. If anyone knows what I did wrong, please let me know!! Thanks. Read More
(39)
16 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 9
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 5 stars
09/08/2005
After looking at other recipes here, my wife and I decided on this one. It was very simple to make and didn't require added yeast as many others here do. The first time we used it, it wasn't quite right, but we've been using it for about 3 months since then with excellent resuts. Its got a good flavor and the dough always rises without any help from store-bought yeast. The starter itself is low maintenance and was completely unphased when I forgot to feed it for 4 weeks. Read More
(98)
Rating: 1 stars
02/20/2008
Well, this starter did not work for me!! At the start of day 3 the starter was turning a reddish colour, which I learned is not a good thing. The recipe did not specify to cool off the potato water before adding the other ingredients so perhaps my water was too hot to start with. If anyone knows what I did wrong, please let me know!! Thanks. Read More
(39)
Rating: 5 stars
07/09/2007
This starter worked great and I had a nice starter after letting it sit for 4 days. I can't wait to let it age and develop even more tasty sourdough flavor! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/21/2007
Only two days and already my starter is bubbly and smelling like sourdough!! I can't wait to make some bread. Thanks so much for the recipe. Read More
(14)
Rating: 3 stars
12/01/2008
I started this one and the "No commercial yeast starter" from this site on the same day and the other one is developing faster. But it's working and I'll update when I make my first batch of bread with each one. Update: Both of my starters smelled atrocious in less than a week and had to be thrown out. Read More
(12)
Rating: 5 stars
11/18/2010
Worked great even though I didn't have cheesecloth. I used a loosely woven kitchen towel and periodically removed it to check on the progress. By the third day I saw a few bubbles; by the fourth day it had a foamy texture when stirring. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/08/2008
This was very easy to start! It was bubbly and ready to use after only two days. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
02/16/2008
This did not work at all for me. I followed the directions but nothing happened. I decided to got with the yeast starter. Read More
(5)
Rating: 5 stars
12/26/2013
I prefer to use a potato water based sourdough starter. Maybe it's my Irish background. Mine got it's first "feeding" today. Looking forward to starting the New Year sharing sourdough bread with my friends and neighbors. Read More
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