This starter is definitely my favorite active starter in my kitchen. It's working better than my white flour starter and yeast experiment.

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Ingredients

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Original recipe yields 1 servings
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Directions

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  • In a glass or ceramic bowl, mix together the honey, 1/2 cup whole wheat flour, and 1/2 cup of water. Use a wooden spoon to stir. Cover lightly, and place in a warm place. Stir twice a day for 5 days.

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  • On the 6th day, mix in 1/2 cup of water and 1/2 cup of flour using a wooden spoon. Don't worry about lumps, for the yeast will eat them! Cover and let stand in a warm place to ferment for 1 day. When you get lots of bubbles and foam on top, you know the starter is active and ready to use. The starter will separate with the flour on the bottom and 'hootch,' a yellow liquid, on top. Just mix well before using or feeding.

  • Store starter in a wide mouth glass jar. I use waxed paper and a rubber band in place of a lid, as metal utensils or containers will contaminate the starter. Once refrigerated, the starter only needs to be fed once a week. Use half, and feed the remaining half to keep it alive for the next time.

Tips

This is a wild yeast starter Yeast and bacillus are everywhere in our environment, including the water and milled grains used to make most starters. It is possible to create a new starter in a number of days. See Sourdough Starters for more tips.

Nutrition Facts

418.1 calories; protein 16.5g 33% DV; carbohydrates 90.2g 29% DV; fat 2.2g 4% DV; cholesterolmg; sodium 8.5mg. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
11/16/2009
This starter works well with nature occuring yeast. It does not use store bought yeast. It produces a great bread as long as you baby the starter like it states in the directions. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
03/07/2005
Followed instructions and starter produced a heavy loaf that did not rise. Tried a different recipe that included throwing out half and "feeding" for several days and it worked much better. Read More
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15 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 11
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 1 stars
03/07/2005
Followed instructions and starter produced a heavy loaf that did not rise. Tried a different recipe that included throwing out half and "feeding" for several days and it worked much better. Read More
(53)
Rating: 5 stars
11/16/2009
This starter works well with nature occuring yeast. It does not use store bought yeast. It produces a great bread as long as you baby the starter like it states in the directions. Read More
(34)
Rating: 5 stars
10/01/2004
Just found this recipe but wondered if yeast is not used or was it omitted Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/26/2011
The whole wheat starter is great. No store bought yeast needed. Believe it or not, the stuff floating around in the air is enough to produce a great sour dough starter and, according to sour dough aficionados, the only way to make "real" sour dough. Just take care of the yeast, no metal, anywhere from 60 to 80 degrees F temp is the best for beginning the starter. If it is too hot you can get weird things growing, too cold, well it just takes a while to get going. Follow the directions and feed your starter. Store in the refrigerator once it is going and feed every week to keep it alive. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/13/2011
this is wonderful. followed it exactly except I was out of honey so had to add a pinch of sugar. I can't believe it is as seasoned as it tastes in just a week and a half. Just made my first loaf of bread with it and it came out perfect. used the 'plain and simple sourdough bread' from this site. kneaded by hand, 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes in the oven and it is perfect. truly a great starter. love the wild sour taste. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/29/2012
I'm gonna give this a try. I mixed it all together and I will update my review after a couple weeks. I was looking for a starter that was natural yeast and this sounded like it was it. Does anyone know if there is a way to substitute starter in all recipes that call for yeast?UPDATE: I made sourdough bread and it is awesome. Now time to try pancakes, rolls... etc..... Thank you for posting this great recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/18/2015
VERY impressed with the results of this recipe! I used "raw" honey and the bread it made was absolutely incredible! Both flavor and fluffiness are better than when I use store-bought yeast... Got my starter in the fridge ready to make more next weekend! May not be buying yeast anymore..... Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/20/2020
I’ve been making this one for years now. It’s my go to. I almost always use it to make a San Francisco Sourdough recipe also on Allrecipes though it is versatile for pancakes and biscuits too. I don’t have a bread maker. I find that kneading and beating the dough is a stress reliever. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
02/05/2016
The instructions do not mention feeding this starter for the first five days, so I didn't. I fed it on the sixth day as instructed. It never bubbled or foamed on top, but the liquid did separate. To make sure I tried using it to make bread. After at least six hours the dough didn't rise. Read More
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