When I decided to make our new sourdough experiment Jesse’s responsibility, I told him it would be like having a pet: he would have to feed and water it night and day. It would be good practice for the dog he dreams of. He was all for it.
First he ground some flour. This is already one of his regular chores that he loves. In fact, it may be time to delegate this chore to a younger sibling–and I might not have to do the training. Jesse demonstrated the entire process to Seth this morning, letting him turn on the switch (which is always an exciting moment for a toddler)
(FYI fresh ground flour is not necessary to the sourdough process, it’s just what we have)
Then we mixed a little flour with a little water. I’m thinking this is awfully simple so far…
Jesse thought we needed to add more. I told him not to worry–it would grow!
I’m using the very easy to follow yet comprehensive instructions for starting your own sourdough in Wardeh’s Sourdough A-Z Ebook.
First step is just to mix and cover. We’ll check on the sourdough before bed tonight, and give it regular lovin’ for a week. At the end of that time we should have successfully captured our own wild yeast, and will be ready to experiment with the amazing variety of things you can make with sourdough (cake! tortillas! crepes! english muffins! pizza dough! Who knew?)
If you have been wishing to experiment with sourdough as badly as I have, this might be the time of year to start, when you’re inside a bit more and when a bowl of soup and a fresh slice of sourdough bread sounds oh-so-good.
Do you have any suggestions for what Jesse should name his new pet???