Mixing the food for the yeast --- 2 cups flour &
2 cups water ---very simple
The 'food' then is mixed into the starter to feed the
yeast and to attract more wild yeast from the air
Cheesecloth is added to the top so only the
wild yeast can get into the starter
I love maintaining and managing the starter and truly love kneading and baking bread. There is something meditative about it. Plus you get the great smell in the house along with the yummy healthy bread. I use King Arthur white whole wheat flour which is a type of white wheat that is milled to include the entire nutritious kernel, King Arthur bread flour and several grains including flax seed, walnuts, oat bran and sometimes oatmeal, sesame seeds, raisins & other fruit, rosemary or other herbs and/or rye flour. Sourdough bread lasts longer at room temperature than other bread.
AROUND THE RANCH...