Rye Sourdough Starter | The Good Hearted Woman
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Rye Sourdough Starter

Prep Time5 mins
Time before starter is ready to use5 d
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Course: Bread
Keyword: baking, rye sourdough, rye sourdough starter, sourdough, sourdough bread, sourdough starter
Servings: 1 batch starter
Author: Renée B. ♥ The Good Hearted Woman

Ingredients

Day 1:

  • 2 1/4 ounces rye flour
  • 2 1/4 ounces water

Day 2:

  • 2 1/4 ounces rye flour
  • 2 1/4 ounces water

Day 3:

  • 1 1/8 ounces water
  • 1 1/8 ounces rye flour

Day 4:

  • 1 1/8 ounces water
  • 1 1/8 ounces rye flour

Weekly feeding (or every time starter gets used):

  • 3 ounces water
  • 3 ounces rye flour

Instructions

Day 1:

  • Using a wooden spoon, mix the rye flour and water in a mason jar or non-reactive bowl.
  • Cover loosely and place in a dark place at 70°F for 24 hours. (I put mine up against the counter right next to my stove.)

Day 2:

  • Add the rye flour and water to the starter. Mix with a clean wooden spoon for 30 seconds until the flour has been incorporated.
  • Cover loosely and place in a dark place at 70°F for 24 hours.

Day 3:

  • Add the rye flour and water to the starter. Mix with a clean wooden spoon for 30 seconds until the flour has been incorporated.
  • Cover loosely and place in a dark place at 70°F for 24 hours.

Day 4:

  • If bubbles have started to form and the flour has begun to ferment discard ⅔ of the mixture. Add the flour and water to the remaining ⅓ and mix for 30 seconds until the flour is well incorporated. If the mixture has not started to ferment repeat step 3.

Day 5:

  • The starter should be mature by this point and is ready to use. Use the starter you need. After use, see feeding instructions.

Weekly feeding (or every time starter gets used):

  • After each use of the starter: Feed remaining starter with 3 ounces each flour and water.
    If no starter is used for a week: Discard 5-6 ounces of starter before feeding with 3 ounces each flour and water.
    Let the starter rest in a dark 70°F place for 12 hours and then place in the refrigerator if you will not be using it in the next 24 hours.
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