How to Revive Sourdough Starter-Even if it’s been months!

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How to Revive Sourdough Starter

How to revive sourdough starter- learn how to bring your beloved sourdough starter back to life (even if it’s been months!). Whether you’re new to sourdough baking or a seasoned pro, I’ll show you how to revive a sourdough starter using some basic techniques that I’ve discovered over time.

Prep Time: 5 min

– ½ cup sourdough starter – ½ cup water room temperature to lukewarm, make sure it's filtered + non-chlorinated – 1 cup scant, just under a cup unbleached all-purpose flour

Cook Time: 1 day


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How do I know if I should throw out my sourdough starter?

Mold of any kind means it must be tossed out! Any pink, or any thing fuzzy that is black or green on the top by the hooch or by the side of the jar, the starter has to go!

Step 1

Assess the starter in the jar. Open the lid and see if there is any mold (PINK color is not good, so toss it out). Also, smell and if it is not acidic or vinegar like but you detect mold, toss it!

Step 3

Add in a scant cup of flour and 1/2 cup of lukewarm water.

Step 4

Use a wooden spoon to stir it and combine. Be sure to scrape the bottom and sides of the jar and combine it well (use your best judgement…change to a clean jar if it’s time to).

Step 5

Leave the jar with the lid off on the counter for a few hours (I leave my lid on top of the jar, but it is not sealed). I left mine for about 6 hours. Close the jar with the lid, and place in the refrigerator. Do not fret…there is no need to check on it every 30 minutes (yes, I have been known to do that!).

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