Sour beginnings

I did it. I hopped aboard the sourdough train. I've made exactly one loaf of sourdough in my life, once last year, just a few months before we moved across the country from Texas to Indiana. I've long been interested in fermented foods, and tried my hand at a few, namely, kombucha, yogurt, and sauerkraut. And sourdough has been one on the want to try again list. Necessity is the mother of invention, right?

To preface this, I have yet to bake a loaf of sourdough bread with my new starter. I didn't have any commercial yeast, but I did have some unbleached all purpose flour. So last week, I started a wild yeast starter. Gosh, I forget how fascinating it is to home ferment things!

That said, after a few days of feeding my starter, I wanted to selvedge some of the large amount of discard I generated with each (twice daily) feed. So far, I've tried sourdough waffles (amazing), with just a subtle tang, since my starter wasn't completely "ready."

And sourdough crackers, just today.

Sourdough foccacia bread is on my list next, I believe.

I expect to have little to no excess* if I'm regularly baking bread, so I'm trying to make the most of a few "fun" recipes while I have massive amounts of discard.

And I will certainly update my sourdough adventures here, regardless of the outcome! Have any of you tried sourdough previously or recently? Any favorite recipes? I'm very much a newbie and all ears :)

*I do know that I can feed to a bit more over the course of a few days and generate more starter, if desired.

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