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Using a Desem Starter

Desem, or 'dough' starter is one of the easiest ways of making sourdough bread at home. It requires substantially less feeding than a regular liquid starter.

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Using a Desem Starter
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Healing your Starter

From time to time, starter gets a bit out of balance. Either a bit too acid, or a bit too alkali. Mostly, this comes as a result of neglect, but it can also come about from the home baker not being able to read the starter correctly.

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Healing your Starter
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Maintaining the Starter

Keeping your sourdough starter alive seems to be the thing that takes new sourdough bakers the longest to master. There's a good reason for that - I think it takes people a while to grasp the fact that sourdough starter is actually alive, not just flour and water. As such, it has its own rhythms and requirements, and it doesn't always conform to our own.

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Maintaining the Starter
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Foods for the Ferment

An area of interest for lots of us has been discovering what a starter likes to eat. Like all creative types, home bakers are, if anything, keen experimenters. I get some great stories about what works, and why, so I'd like to share some of them now.

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Foods for the Ferment
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Intro to Sourdough Starter

The thing about Sourdough Bread which makes it unique is the Starter it is made from.

Starters are living things - they eat, sleep, multiply and, if looked after correctly, can be very productive. Starter is tough, too - in the case of my own starter, it has had a long life (over 20 years), and while it's had a few close shaves, so far it's lived to tell the tale!

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Intro to Sourdough Starter
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Dough Starter (Desem)

The amazing thing about making sourdough bread is that each time one makes a new discovery, there is a pretty good chance that someone has been there before; thus, nothing is new!

When I started running my starter at a ratio of 2 parts flour to 1 part water, I thought I had finally solved a long term starter issue. Turned out, the Finnish folk have been running their starter that way for centuries!

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Dough Starter (Desem)
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7 Day Sourdough Starter Recipe

You can get a Sourdough Starter happening well enough to make bread in 7 days or less. The trick is feeding the fresh starter the right amount at the right time.

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7 Day Sourdough Starter Recipe