Reviews for Sourdough Starter
I made this starter about a year ago, and have been using and feeding it about once per month. The older it gets, the better the flavor. Recently I made a loaf of sourdough and needed about a cup less flour than normal, I'm attributing the change to the age of the starter.
This is so easy to make. I leave my on the kitchen counter and it's usually ready in 4 days. I use this starter to make Amish friendship bread. Hmmm
This has been such a fun project! My husband started the starter and we've made Sourdough Rye and today I made a basic Sourdough loaf. Wow. So delicious, easy and honestly, fun. I've had four people already ask me for the starter recipe just this week!
An excellent and very informative recipe that eliminates a lot of guess work!
I have been using this starter now for just over two months. It just gets better and better each time I make bread. The bread has more complex flavors each time. Thank you!
I tried my first loaf of sourdough bread about 2 weeks after making my starter. The bread is delicious (the San Francisco Sourdough recipe on this website) but it is not nearly as sour as I expected. Also, I am so glad that others posted comments about feeding your starter beforehand. I never would have known to do so otherwise.
This is a good basic sourdough starter. We have made 2 loaves from the starter.
works very good, I covered with a few layers of cheese cloth. Can't wait to share it with my family!
I've never made sourdough before and didn't even know where to start. This recipe helped a ton and now I have starter just sitting in my refrigerator, waiting for me for when I want to make bread!
It took a couple months to really get this to taste like sourdough - but then it was AWESOME! I was living in Morocco at the time and was really sad to have to leave my starter when I moved back to the USA.
Other readers helped this to be 5 star for me. Between the recipes and other posters tips, I have made, on my first attempt, a succesful starter. Thank you all!
This was my first attempt at a starter and it worked beautifully. The bread was great. Thank you!
I am in agreement with WAHINISUZIE- the step about feeding it daily is not listed. I'm a newbie at bread making so maybe this is common knowledge for the experts - I too have had my concoction in the oven with the light on for four days with no results. I will try again and feed it this time.
Very easy to follow. Gave me great bread!
Pretty good starter recipe. It could have gone into more details about maintaining the starter.
I made this yesterday, followed the instructions completely, and it was a soupy mess by the next day. The liquid had separated from the flour and it had a horrible odor. I think the instructions could do a better job explaining how to feed it, and how to store it, and what its supposed to look like each day and as time goes on. I just made a new batch today, and the mixture is ALREADY bubbly. These instructions say 4-8 days.
Tried this. Terrible recipe. Is missing essential pieces like stirring the starter and feeding it. These are things a beginner would not know and why a recipe is needed.
I love this recipe & I did not feed the starter at all until the 4th day when I took a cup out to make bread... Bread was gone by my two kids & I before it could get cool! Delicious!!!!
great starter. easy to make and makes a great loaf in the machine
I rated this five stars, but it was my first sourdough starter, so I really have nothing to compare it to. I like the way my bread turned out, but it tasted more like plain white bread and less like sourdough--I'm not sure if that's because I only had my starter for two weeks when I made the bread, or if the starter isn't very good. Next time I do it I'll wait longer and see what happens. Thanks!
A very simple starter with clear instructions. I didn't listen to the others and it did overflow all over my stove after I replenished the flour and water after using my first cup of it. I've tried the Herman pancake recipe and a sourdough banana loaf. I can't wait to do further experiments with it!
OK, I am jumping the gun here, but I just made this today and after just 1 hour it is bubbling away! I am so excited, cant wait to make bread with it, will keep you all posted. :)
I didn't let it ferment as long as it should have, but it still did a nice job. I'll keep this recipe, it's easier than I thought it would be.
Of all of the sourdough bread starters that I have tried this was by far the best. Thanks Esther
This is the first time I have ever made a starter. It was ready in two days! I couldn't believe it. I let it age more in the refrigerator and just made my first loaves of bread. They were so good! I took the advice of someone who posted and fed with a little bit of sugar every couple of days. I can't wait until it ages more and I make bread again. Thanks for the recipe. It was so simple!
I used it at 4 days and it was very mild in flavor. It was tasty. Thanks, Happy Cooking!
Mine kept getting this really nasty smell and fruit flies everywhere.
This is an excellent recipe! The only reason that I gave a 4 star instead of 5 star is because the recipe does not instruct on the feeding it daily. I got that information from other reviews. My first two starters turned orange and had to be thrown out because it gets so hot in Phoenix, AZ. If you live in a hot state and don't keep the room in the 70's due to high electricity bills, you'll want to keep the starter in the refrigerator and feed it twice a day. I leave mine out overnight because that's when I crank up the air conditioner and it gives the starter a chance to age at a faster rate. First batch of sourdough bread using the San Francisco sourdough recipe turned out very well. Turned out fabulous but not as sour as it should be, but I didn't expect it to be with such a young starter. Last night when I fed my twice daily 1/4 cup flour and 1/4 cut warm water I could really smell it and look forward to the next batch.
Ester, I wanted to thank you so very much for all the information you included with the recipe. I am a beginner yeast baker and appreciate the extra tips.
Wow was this easy, and great. I did add a teaspoon of sugar, my own touch. I was stunned by the amount of hooch that it produced and floated to the top. Just stirred it in and used as is. Great flavor, thanks.
this was the first starter i tried to make and it was very easy to make and take care of! i took the advice of a couple of reviews and "feed" the starter 1/3 cup flour and 1/3 water and added 1tsp. of corn syrup everyday for 4 days and kept it in the oven with the light on.
I am so glad I read the reviews before trying this! I forgot to feed the starter once and it never bounced back. I think there is very little live yeast left in it as the bread comes out very flat and dense. I have now started adding extra yeast and this seems to help. There is also not a very strong sour flavor but I hope this will improve with age.
I started this starter about 5 days ago and it is going great. Yes you have to feed it. To begin with, I feed twice a day 1/4 to 1/2 cup. Now feeding 1/2 cup once a day. Stirring twice a day. Plan to bake in two days. It is winter in Alabama but my starter is sitting on the counter and seems to be doing fine. I move closer to the stove when I'm cooking.
My first try at sourdough starter. Turned out well. I've made a couple of loafs of bread and they've been great.
I want to try this but can I use bread flour instead of regular flour?
This is a very forgiving starter. Mine is several weeks old,keeps improving and keeps going even when I forget to feed it. I kept it in the kitchen when I first made it and have moved it to the refrigerator as I have plenty. I do use as pintch of sugar every time I feed it as this helps with fermentation.
Be sure to click the link under 'how to make this recipe' for a short movie containing more information. Does anyone have any ideas of how/where to store this so that your entire house does not smell sour? I'm running out of candles...
Thank you for this recipe! I have had my starter now for a month plus and it is going great.
Smelled wonderful for first 3 days, 4th day and this is smelling more like vodka than sourdough and is very thin, more like a thin pancake batter. Do I throw it out?
I also have to criticize this recipe for not stating the starter must be fed daily. Fortunately, for me, I made this starter 3 days ago and the second day, some had overflowed, so I added equal weight amounts of flour and water to replace what was lost. I had no idea I was actually feeding it! Today is the third day and I decided to look at other starter recipes and discovered it must be fed daily, which I've just done. I also learned weight measurements are more accurate. Ex. 8 oz. Water to 8 oz. Flour. Also, if your water is chlorinated, pour what you need into a container and let it sit uncovered for 24 hours. That info was in another recipe.
First sour dough starter I have ever succeeded with. Coupled with the San Francisco Sourdough recipe from this website it made a superb loaf of bread. Perfect and best consistency bread I’ve ever made.
Has worked very well for me so far! Easy!
Love this Sourdough starter!! I have kept my starter going for about 6 months now! My family loves the fresh baked sourdough loaves I make in the bread machine!
Easy! Thanks for sharing!
OMG!!! I have NEVER thought I could make sourdough starter!!! I loved the bread I made out of this starter. Only problem is since I don't make bread too much, the starter gets in the way and gets dumped. Will definitely be making this again soon.
Such an easy, low maintenance starter! Thanks! I use it with the San Francisco sourdough recipe from this site, and the results get better and better every time I use it!
I have had this for close to 3 months and use it every two weeks. So far an excellent sour dough starter. It improved quite a bit after the first few times.
Very easy and very tasty. Thanks!
This is my first SD starter, but not my first time playing with yeast. This is a good recipe but you do have to feed the yeast something to keep it going.
I made no changes to it and I thought it was great as is. The only suggestion is to include in the directions to feed the starter every day, just for those that are not familiar with the process. Thank you for sharing!
Based on the outcome of the bread, this is a great starter and they'll always be some in my fridge.
This is my first starter ever. Bottled water is very important. Tap water has too many chemicals in it. Also, I added a 1/4 cup of sugar. I started mine this past Monday, and today on Friday, it's nice and foamy, sour smelling, and has a distinct alcohol fragrance. The "hooch" on top had a nice light brown tinge as well. After mixing the "hooch" back in, I fed it 1/3 cup flour and 1/3 cup of bottled water. My oven has a "proof@ setting, so I had the oven on to proof for about 10 minutes, turned it off, and set the starter in a nice warm oven. I'm hoping to bake a tasty loaf tomorrow with my kids for their MeeMaw.
I nursed on this starter for a week and then tried it with Becky's Sourdough I recipe. It worked great!
Simple and effective
Very nice starter! Makes great tasting breads!
It was easier than I thought.
Works fine and makes for fine bread. I prefer the one and done amounts: 1 tsp yeast added to 1 cup warm potato water and 1 cup flour (any type will do). This makes it easy to keep in a jar, is easy to add to, and perfect to use for fantastic bread.
Easy. This is my new go-to starter.
Super easy and works great with bread machine or oven baking. Can't wait to use it for other recipes.
I used this exact starter for over a year and EVERY time I got rave reviews for my bread. (I used the sourdough bread recipe by Jennifer on this site "Plain and simple Sourdough Bread").... They worked PERFECTLY EVERY TIME. Done over 20 times and it's still amazing. Just remember to "feed" your starter after use.
I'm thing my starter is a dud. It separates and I don't see any bubbles.
The best starter! Thank you!
Simple, easy, and it works! For those complaining about a lack of flavor, that's because a new starter is never going to be as rich and sour as an old starter. But things happen to established starters and sometimes you have to start over. The longer you keep this going (feeding it weekly) the better it will taste.
Super fool proof for noobs like me...yet in a simple way, elegant and refined
This is the first time I have made a sourdough starter but so far so good! Really easy mixture to put together. I would suggest that you put your bowl on a tray or something just in case it bubbles over which mine did on about day 2 (I think the room it was in was a bit too warm) but other than that it has done exactly what it is supposed to.
People added that they fed the starter twice a day while i clearly did not see that feeding part in the recipe at all? It left out a crucial part to make it even work. I’m very frustrated.
loved this so much so easy and yet so yummy
I am 1 hour into making this starter and it is overflowing ... lava flows . I suggest that a bowl size be included in the instructions so there is no waste . Given that the dough mixture for bread is left to rise until doubled I guess this is a good starting point . I will work on this myself if I need to make it again and add it to my recipe app.
This starter was VERY sour and too thin.
Like others, I would give 5 stars if there were instructions for feeding this to keep it alive. I fed mine about a half cup of flour and half cup of warm water daily. I used it today to make san fransisco sourdough off this site, and it's wonderful. Has a scent a little stronger than beer, but not unpleasant. Replenished with equal amounts of flour and warm water what I used for the recipe and it's happily growing in the bowl again in my kitchen... I can't wait until this ages more. I did feed the first day with a touch of sugar as well as flour and water, but haven't added sugar again.
Easiest starter ever
This is the second time I have made this. The first time I screwed it up by stirring it with a metal spoon. Then it had a black liquid resting on top. So, I decided to try it again and I followed the instructions correctly this time, lol. I have my fingers crossed. I rated 5 stars because I love how much easier this recipe is as compared to all the others I have found. I can't wait to try it, my family loves sourdough bread.
I followed the recipe as written with no feeding. I left the starter out on the counter for a week. The sourdough bread I made in my bread machine with this starter turned out perfectly! Thank you
First sourdough starter I made ( I’ve used some but never made my own.) came out perfect.
great starter! I made it in January, have fed it about every 3-4 weeks in the fridge and used it periodically. It holds well, bounces back after refrigeration and has a fantastic sour taste! Easy peasy! (used in pancakes, rustic loaf bread, crumpets and a soft sourdough in my bread machine)
O will keep it going. Having trouble finding recipes to make bread out of the starter
This is such a simple recipe. My first time ever to make a starter or sourdough bread and it worked like a charm. My starter appeared to be ready after only 24 hours, but I fed it 1/3 cup flour and 1/3 cup water and left it out one more day just to be safe.
I have had the starter for about 2 weeks now. My last bread did taste a little more sourdoughy this time around, can't wait till it gets even more aged!
It was rather runny, I dont know if that is how a sourdough starter is supposed to be but I have since looked at other recipes and they seem to be creating thicker starters.........The starter did work though, I have added to it, my understanding is the sourdough taste will improve with age, I did add more flour to make it thicker though, I think I like that better......I tried it in a different sourdough recipe yesterday. The bread is nice but I dont think it rose enough and I dont know why...................its all part of the learning curve.
I let the starter age for more than a week before making my bread to attempt a more sour flavor, but the result wasn't what I expected - more like french bread. Hoping the next try will be better.
Made it, love it. Thank you.
I don't think I'm doing mine right, because my bread never rises enough, but the flavor is great a month or two later.
This really worked. I made my first loaf yesterday, it wasn't as sour as it should be, but the starter will get better with time. So glad I found a reciepe that made this simple! Thank you.
Easy recipe, easy to follow, and easy to make! My starter is still going strong! Thank you!
It's the first time that my Starter was white and actually foamed up. This has some tips that I never really knew! What a big help you were. Thanks so much and so good breads!
allways make it its great
I made this starter and it’s very easy to put together. HOWEVER — not all starters are created equal. You can’t just use any starter for any sourdough recipe. Does anyone know which recipe this starter works best with? The ones I found resulted in a great tasting bread but it didn’t rise. So we ended up with a very flat and dense result.
Not bad but a pain to keep starter fresh
I’m so disappointed because I was trying to figure out when it was ready - and I saw that a few reviews said that the recipe didn’t include the need to feed the starter! Wouldn’t that be an important step to mention? I’m new at this and it’s day 4. I’m now assuming it’s not salvageable. Grrrrrr...
First time making a starter mix. It turned out just like you said. Bread was delicious.
Simple! I made my first sourdough starter last week and it was ready by about day 7. Made a perfect loaf and this was my first attempt at making sourdough. I’m now using my first batch I’ve kept in my fridge, and have fed sugar twice.
This starter works perfect especially for beginners like me
Great and easy recipe for sour dough starter! I used this to make sour dough waffles really delicious and fluffy!
This was my very first attempt at making a sourdough starter & this recipe made it a success! Thank you for sharing your super easy to follow recipe!
Easy to make.
this was the first ever sourdough starter i made it worked great and almost tripled in size after just 2 hours of fermentation im only young but this will definitely be passed down
This was very easy. I've already had it for almost a month and made the San Fransisco sourdough bread on this site and it turned out great. Tomorrow I'm going to try making sourdough pancakes for breakfast.
This is a great and easy to use starter. My 2nd loaf of sourdough bread is baking in the bread machine right now. It does make a light loaf.