5 Simple Sourdough Starters You Can Make From Home

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5 Simple Sourdough Starters You Can Make From Home

Did you know French bakers brought sourdough techniques to Northern California during the California Gold Rush?

Why are we all making sourdough bread? The answer to that might be easier than you think. This tasty toasted favorite does not need to be kneaded and does not require commercial yeast. This means to make a sourdough, you do not need a bread machine or a stand mixer.

If you haven't ever had the pleasure to try it - I think sourdough is delicious. Whether you prefer a tangy flavor to your sourdough bread or a milder taste, a good sourdough is a thing of beauty.

According to NPR, early settlers in the West relied on sourdough to leaven bread before commercial baking powder and yeast were readily available. Sourdough is made instead with a live fermented culture of flour and water, aka a sourdough starter, which acts as a natural leavening agent. I have gone ahead and researched the best recipes I can find on the web, and shared them with you in this handy article, that should provide you with everything you need to know about making your own sourdough, and even some things you don't need to know.

In the Encyclopedia of Food Microbiology , Michael Gaenzle writes: "The origins of bread-making are so ancient that everything said about them must be pure speculation. One of the oldest sourdough breads dates from 3700 BCE and was excavated in Switzerland, but the origin of sourdough fermentation likely took place several thousand years earlier.

French bakers brought sourdough techniques to Northern California during the California Gold Rush, and it remains a part of the culture of San Francisco today.

Ever heard of Boudin Bakery, The Original San Francisco Sourdough?


The Boudin Bakery is San Francisco's oldest continuously operating business.

Now that the history lesson is over, may I present to you the best (according to me) sourdough starter recipes from across the web.

The Clever Carrot

Emilie Raffa, the author of "Artisan Sourdough Made Simple" teaches beginners how to bake sourdough bread. Simply put: her sourdough starter is a live culture of flour and water. She has crafted a very detailed guide called the Beginner Sourdough Starter Recipe . All you need is flour, water and a little bit of patience.


Feasting At Home

Sylvia Fountaine is a chef + blogger. Her site features seasonal, VEGGIE-driven, whole food recipes from around the globe. "There really is nothing like the smell of fresh bread to lift the spirits," she says on her website. Her simple sourdough starter recipe has a wonderful video and has a lot of details that are easy to follow along. Did I mention that making a starter takes 7 days?


Mint & Rosemary

Andra Constantinescu was the Shortlisted Food Influencer of the Year ’19. She has been making sourdough for the past 8 years and has learned a lot along the way. She offers a no-nonsense approach that I appreciated. You only need some basic equipment, that is a couple of jars, long handled spoons or chopsticks and most importantly: kitchen scales – digital kitchen scales ideally. You can check out her Sourdough Starter for Beginners guide here .


The Perfect Loaf

Maurizio Leo blogs at The Perfect Loaf, a website dedicated to baking naturally leavened bread and pastry at home. He grew up in an Italian household and my mother loves his recipes. Check out his 7 Easy Steps To Making An Incredible Sourdough Starter From Scratch .


Little Spoon Farm

Have you ever found yourself thinking …

  • I dream of making fresh, homemade bread for my family. But the process of baking sourdough bread seems a little overwhelming.

Then Amy from Little Spoon Farm has got you covered. "Looking for the easiest, most foolproof sourdough starter recipe? This is it!"

Check out her sourdough starter 101 blog post.


Let us know how your bread turns out!

cover image credit: Janus Sandsgaard / CC BY

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