Last post almost 5 years ago – whaaaa?? Long time, no see. But I had to find my old recipe and I just went through something and thought I’d share.
Two kids, and YEARS later I haven’t made bread in almost 2 years, but I did keep my starter. It has moved with me from San Francisco to Austin, TX and now to Seattle, WA. After living here 2 years I’d realized I hadn’t refreshed my starter since. IT was GROSS. The top inch or so was black and the smell… well – I certainly worried my 10-year-old starter had officially kicked the bucket for good. But I was willing to try.
Here’s what I did:
- Dug through that layer of disgusting filth to the stuff that still looked like starter underneath.
- Used about a tablespoon of it – and tossed the rest.
- Refreshed, refreshed and refreshed again.
- This took about a week of refreshing when the starter seemed to reach its max potential before it really started doubling as normal. A heavy hand with the rye flour REALLY helped in this case.
The starter is now doubling more like its old self but the sour smell is really more hard-core than before. Since my “Sourdough” was never super sour I’m wondering if the accidental killing of it has, in some ways, made it a better starter. I plan on making bread this weekend so I will let you know.
Thank goodness it’s hard to kill sourdough!!