|From left to right: yeast ("cheating") starter, honey starter, flour and water ("old school") starter.|
A lot has happened... and not happened. Well, after using the yeast starter (aka the "cheating starter") I nevertheless fed it and then refrigerated it. As I mentioned, this led to a fridge explosion, starter dripping on Betsi's head, and a curious Lupa exploring the fridge as I scraped starter from the bottom of the vegetable drawer. Loads of fun there. I probably will throw the stuff away, but I fed it again and am giving it a chance to fix its cheating ways.
Starter number 2, the honey starter really failed to do anything. I lost patience on Sunday and dumped it.
But oh baby did the old school starter get started! I can't believe that ball started doing stuff. On Friday I started to see bubbles and now I am feeding it regularly and it is, as predicted, doubling in size between feedings. I fed it just whole wheat flour (always a 1:2 ratio of water:flour) for the first 2 feedings, then switched to half whole wheat and half unbleached all purpose flour for 4 more feedings, and then entirely to all purpose flour. It has a yeasty sour smell! It is exciting!
My sister is coming tomorrow from Philadelphia and in her honor I will bake my first loaf of true sourdough. I am using a no knead recipe I found online here. It looks similar to Jim Lahey's no knead method. I think it will be delicious but stay tuned for the next episode of The Sourdough Chronicles to find out!