When You Don’t Have a Sourdough Starter

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When I have a sourdough starter going I feel like I have so much at my fingertips. Not only can I ferment and leaven a good loaf of bread, I can also use that starter to make my morning pancakes, churn out tortillas, and even make a tasty fizzy beverage.

But I don’t always have a sourdough starter up and running. This is fine for a good half of the year when I’m not terribly interested in baking and might just soak my grains in kefir or yogurt instead.

These cold months call me back to the kitchen, though, and the desire to produce soured loaves and breads for my family. When that happens, and I’m without a trusted sourdough starter, there are a couple of stand ins for both fermenting and leavening my dough.

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Shannon

Shannon is a mama to four small children, homesteader, freelance writer, and picture-taker. She lives with her husband on their off-grid homestead where they make and eat kefir, kombucha, sourdough, and fermented vegetables.

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Tasty Treats – Sourdough Edition

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How about some delicious sourdough recipes to start off 2015?  Check out this list of tasty recipes to ring in the new year next week.  And… don’t miss the gluten-free section!… 

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Shannon

Shannon is a mama to four small children, homesteader, freelance writer, and picture-taker. She lives with her husband on their off-grid homestead where they make and eat kefir, kombucha, sourdough, and fermented vegetables.

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A Closer Look: Spelt Sourdough Starter

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“I am a newby to making bread with starter. But when I received the starter and followed the directions, I was pleasantly surprised with my first loaf of bread – also discovered naan and spelt sourdough pancakes (I just couldn’t discard any of it). And the second loaf I made was even better! Can’t say enough good about this spelt starter. It’s terrific!” -PatB

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Shannon

Shannon is a mama to four small children, homesteader, freelance writer, and picture-taker. She lives with her husband on their off-grid homestead where they make and eat kefir, kombucha, sourdough, and fermented vegetables.

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Chocolate Sourdough Snack Cake

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This recipe makes just the right sized cake for a small family. It’s similar to a brownie, but more cake-like in texture. Frost it if you like, but it is delicious just plain. The coffee and cinnamon intensify the chocolate goodness…. 

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Shannon

Shannon is a mama to four small children, homesteader, freelance writer, and picture-taker. She lives with her husband on their off-grid homestead where they make and eat kefir, kombucha, sourdough, and fermented vegetables.

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