In case you missed them, here are parts 1, 2, 3, 4, & 5.
Feeding number 10
Hello again all. I’m so glad you’re still with me!
I was so pleased with Beowulf this morning that I almost forgot to have my caffeine before I started playing with the starter!
After both feedings yesterday, I knew that there had been some expansion, but couldn’t really tell how much.
And because I stopped taking pictures of what he looked like after the feedings, there was no way for you to see it.
I got really clever last night, though! After I fed him last night I used a dry erase marker to mark the level of starter in the jar.
Just look at what greeted me this morning!
OK, so maybe I get excited too easily.
But I think it’s pretty cool. I marked the jar again after this feeding. We’ll see what happens today.
Ideally, there should be more rising after each feeding.
Remember, I am using clean jars every other feeding so that I can get some semi-decent pictures for you.
I would normally not be doing that, so if your jar is looking kinda messy and you wonder why mine doesn’t look the same, that’s why.
Of course, you may not be a messy person and your jar my look much better than mine usually does!
Can’t wait to see what Beowulf looks like this evening!
Feeding number 11
Well, here he is. Isn’t he great?
We are getting really close now. Can you almost smell all the goodies you’re going to be making?
And just to whet your appetite, today I was experimenting with a sourdough soft pretzel recipe.
Unfortunately, it still needs some experimentation. And I need some practice making pretzel shapes!
Maybe I’ll just make pretzel sticks next time.
Hopefully, I’ll have it fixed by next week and I will share it with you then.
Beowulf and I will be back tomorrow.
Am enjoying going through this as I ‘killed’ my sourdough starter after years of using the same one (by making sure I used it and fed it once every couple weeks!! So these things you are making as you go until the starter reaches the 14th day, are you using the half that you ‘throw away’….? It’s been so many years since I started over…lol. And by the way sourdough waffles and pancakes have been a tradition in our home since I was a little girl in Montana and my mom got her starter from a sheep herder. Now I have been married for 45 years and still use the starter and make all my breads!! Thanks for all your work!
Vicki, I’m so glad you found us and can revive the sourdough tradition! And yes, the throw away part is what you can use in the other recipes. You can use the mature starter as well, it doesn’t have to be the discard. 🙂