Prairie Style Sourdough Starter
{FYI} to anyone who’s noticed, I’ve not been blogging much these past few weeks. Distracted by the heat, and preparing for the fall. There are lots of things coming, including some small changes that are meant to make this space more cohesive. I’ve experimented with the blog a lot and am really enjoying how it encourages me to really stop and notice the little stuff. It also encourages me to take pictures, which is something I knew I enjoyed (believe it or not I minored in photography), but as a mother and homemaker there are opportunities to ‘catch’ things that can be overlooked. So, thanks again for visiting.

Making a Sourdough Starter is so simple!

We have this great book that breaks down many of the prairie activities throughout the Little House series. I love it and can’t wait to try lots of them with the girls over the years.

Today I decided to give the Sour-Dough Starter a try. It’s extremely simple & yet completely complicated. It’s really chemistry at it’s simplest–but you can ask my 10th grade lab partner, i’m NO good at it. Somehow I managed to get a bachelor’s without ever taking it again, not sure how.

Anyway, my mother in law got  this book and I’m anxious to move in that direction with our bread, but the simple instructions provided in the Little House book have been too long nagging…

How to make a Sourdough starter

So, all it requires is 1 & 1/4 cup all-purpose flour, 1 cup (probably not city) water from 80-95degrees & 80-95degree temps, humidity preferred (which NC has PLENTY of).

easy sourdough starter

I put the ‘batter’ of water & flour in a quart jar and with a rubber band around the top (which helps you notice rising/bubbling). It’s covered with a piece of cheese cloth & sitting on our back patio. There are a lot of factors that can go wrong, not sure what exactly, but any pointers are welcome. I’m sure some of you have tried this!

I have the  back up of this sweet blogger’s offer to share her starter, but I wanted to witness this process…if you need inspiration to make good bread, Joy has it!

**this starter was destroyed by our cat. Apparently, she too likes sourdough & while she almost certainly would blame other local pests (as it was outside absorbing humidity), the footprints led directly to her favorite nap-spot…hmm. back to square one!


  • Joy Posted August 10, 2010 8:17 pm

    What a fun experiment! There are instructions in Baking Bread With Children for making your own starter too, but there was something compelling from bringing my starter from class which has relative starters in at least 9 different countries. 🙂 Good luck! I can't wait to see how it goes.

  • school house oils Posted August 10, 2010 8:30 pm

    that is cool Joy!

  • My Life Under the Bus Posted August 16, 2010 5:36 pm

    LOL ! I absolutelty stink at bread making…I've got a science degree and this is just one skill I can't seem to overcome : (…oh and making fried chicken….I would love to make real awesome fried chicken…I'll have to add that to my bucket list.

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