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Introducing Give It a Whirl Thursday- Sourdough Bread

Give it a Whirl Thursday will be a weekly column
documenting triumphs and failures of frugal projects.

I dislike sourdough bread. I think it is horrible. Why am I attempting to make it you ask? Chevy Man. He can't get enough of the stuff. So in an attempt to keep him happy I will drudgingly attempt to make it.

I bookmarked this recipe (and about 50 others, lol) over a year ago. Honestly I'm actually scared to try. I know that sounds stupid, but sourdough is a tricky beast. But in reviewing this recipe it comes with a Q & A to assist, plus it is super easy. I decided to try it. If I didn't do it today, I would probably wait another year!

To make the starter mix together:

3/4 cup sugar
3 tbsp. instant potato flakes
1 cup warm water
1/4 tsp. active yeast (this is optional)

That's it! Then just let it live in a warm place for 3 days. Every 3 - 5 days you need to feed your starter. This means that every 3 - 5 days you can make your bread. Or, you can feed it once or twice before baking your bread. If you feed it more than once, you will have extra starter to either give away to a friend or bake extra batches of bread.

The day (8 - 12 hours) before you want to bake your bread, you need to feed the starter. You will feed the starter the above mixture except you do not add the yeast. Keep your starter in a warm place to allow it to "grow" and sour. On the days you are not baking bread, you can leave it in the refrigerator or on your counter. Putting it in fridge slows the sourdough down.

In 3 days I'll update you on what my little sourdough friend is looking like.

I am also working on some wash clothes to send to Haiti. If your interesting in the pattern or helping out please leave me a comment.

What are you working on today?


  1. Can't wait to see how this turns out - I love sourdough!

    Also, thanks for the follow!

  2. Me either! I'll let all of you know on Sunday :) I can't wait.

  3. I like sourdough, but my kids hate it. So, I don't mess with it much. You're brave!

  4. I'll have the update on Wednesday.. I'm scared!!


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