Monday, June 20, 2016

The Loaf Of Bread That Never Got Baked: Sourdough Starter Failure

A few months ago, my sisters (plus one brother in law) and I all decided to start making sourdough starters.  {I know...we like to live life on the wild side!}  It was adorable because we've had this group text going for months where we nerd out and share photos of our starter yeast and talk about rise and liquid and I do believe we have gotten to the bottom of why I am not married...but the group text has been fun.  We call ourselves #startersister, despite the fact that a brother-in-law is part of this text.  In fact, brother-in-law knows more and does more and in way more into it than the three of us combined.

Are you familiar with sourdough starters?  It's what you use to bake bread, specifically sourdough bread, instead of the store bough yeast.  It takes about a month before you can really do anything with it, but the process itself is very easy.  You simply take one cup of whole wheat flour and mix it with one cup water.  And then daily you remove 80% of it, mix in the 1:1 flour water again, put it in a fresh bowl or jar, and keep going with this process for the rest of your damn lifetime.

You can see where this is going, can't you?

So I was doing fine.  I remembered on like 97% of the days to do it.  All was well in the world.  But then Sadie died.  And my life, internally, grew into chaos.  And I kept forgetting to feed the poor starter.  But then I would remember for a few days so I never moved it to the refrigerator.  Which is really where I failed my poor starter.  Because then it sat on the counter for a full five days at room temperature without a feeding.  And it got gross.  I killed it.  I killed my sourdough starter after feeding the damn thing for two or three months.

So I pitched it.  And maybe I will start again in the fall.  Or maybe I will just walk two blocks to the bread bakery around the corner and buy a loaf when a craving hits.  I'm good at a lot of things in the kitchen, but apparently we all have a weakness and a sourdough starter seems to be mine.

Eh...can't win 'em all!

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