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Sourdough Starter Day 4 and Day 5

September 13, 2008

We’re still talking sourdough starter!

Need to catch up!?  Here’s Sourdough Starter Day 1 and Sourdough Starter Day 2 and 3!

Mine seems to be happy and growing.  It might almost be time to preheat the griddle for those pancakes.

Jump on over and see the results of days of flour, water and bacteria.

Here’s a step by step reminder of the Sourdough Starter Dump and Feed Project.

1.  Stir your starter.  This might mean stirring the hooch (the yellowish liquid layer) back into your starter.

2.  Remove one cup of starter and either use it in a recipe, or if your starter is new, discard.

3.  Add 1/2 cup of flour and 1/2 cup of water to your remaining starter.  (I accidentally added a cup of both flour and water.  I wasn’t thinking straight, but I don’t think it’s a big deal.)

4.  Stir.  (I usually stir until most of the lumps are gone, but I don’t have the patience to get  all the lumps out of my starter.  It still seems to be happy.)

5.  Put the lid back on your starter, making sure to leave the lid ajar to let some air in.

Are you having trouble with pesky fruit flies trying to get at your starter!?  Oh no!  You might try draping a clean, thin dish towel over your jar, over the entire jar, with the lid underneath the towel ajar.  Does anyone have any better ideas?

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  • Hi: This is in response to fruit flies. I make Kombucha Tea and fruit flies love it. I use a laundry bag I bought at Walmart and cut it into the shape I need to fit the opening of the jar. I place a piece of the fabric over the opening of the jar and place a good rubberband over the fabric around the top of the jar. Make sure this rubberband is tight. And there will be small folds around the fabric where the rubberband is, gently pull these out, otherwise the flies will get in through the folds. They are good at what they do. You can use any type of sheer fabric with small enough holes.
    Also I have others. Hope this helps you.

  • g’day mate (writing from australia)
    I am new to your site and I must say I adore it! it has become a daily ritual. I am so excited to try these new recipes and I of course have my pet murgatroy growing and bubbling away.

    ps: thank you for the cinnamon rolls!! my sentiments exactly

  • I keep a small cup filled with apple cider vinegar and a drop of dish liquid next to my fruit (and other attractions) The fruit flies are attracted to it (above all else) but the detergent breaks the surface tension and they can’t fly away. I’m sure putting it near the sourdough would work too.

  • Thanks Joy for sharing the sourdough experiment. It was fun and my bread turned out great! (Pictures here.)

  • yay! thank you…

    Im starting my starter tomorrow. :D I cant wait to see what youre going to do! I’m on the ride!

  • Ugh, I hate fruit flies. My cousin got a little Venus flytrap plant in a tiny pot that actually took care of her fruit fly trouble over the summer. Pretty smart I thought.

  • It’s been only 48 hours but today my starter was very puffy (it almost overflowed!) and when I stirred the hooch back in, it was very frothy. I’ve moved it to another container and will give it a few more days on the counter. I can’t wait to make bread!

  • Im on day 3? A couple more and we will see where its at. I love this science experiment!

  • I think the dish towel would be most effective for repelling little pests.

    Today I’m attempting bread. Will post my results later.

  • I had problems with bugs too – i just removed the lid and draped it with a cheese cloth to allow air circulation.

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