My dad has told a story a few times about my grandma’s sourdough starter. Apparently this thing had a mind of its own and grew so big it became hard to manage. With all the regular feeding and growth it sounded kind of like a pet! The story made me laugh but also sparked my curiosity. I’ve been making my own pizza dough for several years already. It’s about time I step up my game.
The first step for me was finding a sourdough starter container for my sourdough starter. Glass is ideal, along with a lid that allows air to escape. If you use an air tight lid on your starter it can very well explode. When I read this I began to understand why some people are scared by sourdough! The container should be two to three quarts, allowing enough space for the starter to grow.
Sourdough Starter Container
I purchased this Anchor Hocking 1-Gallon Jar for my sourdough starter, which has worked perfectly. I researched multiple sourdough starter recipes online and decided on this easy sourdough starter from The Kitchn.
In addition to the gallon jar, you will need water (I prefer distilled) and flour. It’s really that simple. I took photos of my sourdough starter day by day. Take a look…
Sourdough Starter Day by Day
After one week I made my first batch of sourdough bread. It turned out wonderfully. On Sunday I made my second batch. Amazing again! I’m hooked. The only issue is figuring out a way to store fresh bread. Usually when we buy bread from the store we freeze it right in the bag. I’m looking at probably purchasing some plastic bread loaf bags (initially) and then later sew cloth bread bags myself.