What You Will Receive
* Authentic Dried Starter a generous amount of our Authentic San Francisco Sourdough Starter -enough to start your own and have some extra to share or save as a back-up! Packaged nicely (appropriate for gift-giving). Gluten-free is available if desired.
* Starting Your Starter™ reference card (featured below)
* Detailed instruction e-guide - everything you need to know for activating your starter, making sourdough and how to use your accompanying materials. It also contains a section with a little bit of everything about sourdough, including fun facts, history, picture guides and troubleshooting!
* Recipes including traditional, bread machine, gluten-free, and miscellaneous-like waffles!
* Free email support for all your questions!
About Our Reference Card and e-Guide
Making sourdough can be a little daunting without proper guidance. We have put together a reference card (that you will receive) and many printable materials that will walk you through your 1st day, to the many months ahead. We have spent much time and effort designing these ourselves based off what we would have loved to have starting out. These materials are one-of-a-kind and you won’t find them anywhere else. They will make activating, maintaining, and baking with your sourdough starter easy, enjoyable and convenient!
Starting Your Starter™ This simple double-sided reference and work card is for your 1st week in the activation of your sourdough starter, making activation easy and convenient.
Your e-guide will also include exclusive organizing sheets, calendars, a baking conversion chart, recipes, recipe cards and more for the continued maintenance of your sourdough starter and recipes. These will be accessible whenever you need them, and are completely optional!
About our Starter
Our San Francisco starter is meticulously cared for and fed with organic flours which we grind fresh ourselves with our own grain mill. It's been robust since the day we got it, and lends itself quite well to any flour (it should happily eat up whatever flour you feed it!). We have also adapted part of our starter to a gluten-free flour! Please let us know if you'd prefer this! This starter has produced beautiful breads with amazing gourmet flavors for us, and has a great rise, as all good starters should!
Although there are hundreds of different starters, San Francisco sourdough is one of the most famous sourdoughs in the world because of its coveted crust and distinct sour flavor. San Francisco starter (this starter) contains the yeast Torulopsis Holmii and the bacteria Lactobacillus sanfrancisco).
*Note: Sourdough starter is expandable and will live and grow indefinitely with good care! You will never have to go buy yeast packets again (or sourdough starter)! You may also use whatever flour you wish for it, organic or not! The starter can also be used to make rolls, pita bread, ciabatta, english muffins, pancakes, waffles (easy and yummy!), pretzels, pizza, cake, cookies, donuts, bagels...the list goes on! If you need a break or if you are going on vacation, simply stick in the fridge or freezer, it will come back!
*This starter is kept in a clean home where organic, non-toxic cleaners are used and there are no toxic by-products in the air. We want to support and respect the health of our starters, ourselves and the world at large!
Traveling To Its New Home (shipping)
We pack our starter securely to ensure a successful journey to your home, wherever you may be. Upon arrival simply follow the e-mailed step-by-step instruction guide on how to activate your starter, make sourdough and use your accompanying organizer and feeding tracker materials.
A Little Bit About Sourdough in General
Is Sourdough Easy To Make?
Yes! All you need is flour and water! When we first acquired our starter we were a bit intimidated but soon realized there was no need to be! It is made even easier with our accompanying guide materials! With proper care, sourdough is extremely simple to maintain, and the bread is easy to bake! One of our personal favorite recipes is a very simple no-knead sourdough recipe!
Why Bother Making Real Sourdough?
It is completely different to the bland mush stores call bread. Authentic sourdough has a multidimensional flavor, crunchy crust, moist crumb and amazing texture. The name is a bit misleading and leads to the assumption that all sourdough is sour, but this is not so! It's the process you choose that determines the flavor. You can bake a mild sweet bread with it (yes, sweet!), a tangy mouth-puckering sour bread or anything in between! It has a lower glycemic load than 'normal' bread as well!
Often times store-bought sourdough is a hybrid (spiked with yeast powder and enzymes.). Store-bought can even be simulated to mimic the flavor of sourdough instead of using actual sourdough! When you bake with this, you get a fresh oven-hot authentic piece of bread that is truly hard to come by! This is the real thing! We make the most delicious waffles each week with this too, even our dogs howl for some! It's the way bread was originally made and meant to be!
What Is Sourdough?
Sourdough is bread made with 'wild yeast'. It is the traditional fermentation of wheat, rye or other grains through a simple yet amazing symbioses of bacteria and yeast which leavens/ferments a flat piece of dough into an incredible slice of bread naturally! Wild yeast is what every civilization used for over 5,000 years before the adjunct of the single yeast strain called 'baker's yeast' just 100 years ago at the turn of the 20th century. Egyptian hieroglyphics even show production of beer and bread! Baker's yeast was invented for the purpose of singling out one type of yeast for its strong rising ability and its relative reliability, but at a great loss of the unique flavor and natural process of traditional wild yeast breads.
Will It Remain An Authentic San Francisco Starter In Your Home?
Yes, absolutely! It is generally believed that sourdough starter will retain most of its original strains of yeast and bacteria that it was started with. This is because these primary strains have already formed a strong mutual atmosphere which promotes continual growth and reproduction. There are also the yeasts and bacterias locally that may quietly live along the side-lines of the already established strains. This is what can make for subtle and unique variations between starters (even home to home within the same city!). Professional bakers seek out starters from around the world just for their special properties (extra tang, quick rising, etc), because though it may be uprooted from its home, its best characters will remain!