A n00b attempts Sourdough and Reports

July 14, 2009

Welcome to my n00bish attempts

Filed under: Hooch, sourdough, Starter — Tags: , , , , — alie0bronwynn @ 2:49 pm

Ok, so yesterday I started telling a friend… or teaching her, everything I’ve learned about trying to make sourdough bread. She says to me, “OMG, you should totally write a blog about this!!” I laugh, “Me? There are so many more better blogs than I could write!” But this morning, it hits me. Every other blog I’ve read people KNOW things. This blog will pretty much be all my mistakes.

And there have been a LOT of mistakes.

I’ve killed my starter (did you know you need to feed it regularly for it to live?!)

I’ve killed my starter again (a warm oven will help get it going, but did you know temperatures over 100 degrees will kill it?!)

I’ve almost killed my starter (while you can feed it on a regular basis, you actually need to feed it depending on if it’s hungry, which apparently you can tell by the hooch).

I’ve learned what a hooch is (it’s the layer of liquid that forms on the top of the start when it’s hungry).

And so on and so on. I’m CONSTANTLY learning new things. SO – I’ve decided to start this blog to chronicle my adventures AND jot down what I’ve learned so far.

I’m BY NO MEANS an expert. I wouldn’t actually say I’ve had a sourdough loaf I’d consider good yet. BUT – I’m learning. And that’s a frustrating but fun process.

My hope is that someday my bread will be so good – I won’t want to buy it in the store.

Wish me luck!

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