Sourdough Starter IV


"A sourdough starter that uses the liquid from boiled potatoes to attract wild yeast."


3 d 19 h 40 m servings 92 cals
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  • Calories:
  • 92 kcal
  • 5%
  • Fat:
  • 0.2 g
  • < 1%
  • Carbs:
  • 20.1g
  • 6%
  • Protein:
  • 2.3 g
  • 5%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Sodium:
  • 149 mg
  • 6%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Combine potatoes and water in a small stock pot or medium saucepan. Cover and boil until potatoes are tender, about 35 minutes. Drain cooking liquid into a large glass measuring cup. Reserve potatoes for another use.
  2. Transfer 1 1/4 cups of potato liquid to large ceramic or glass bowl. Add flour, sugar and salt to bowl; stir to combine. Cover bowl with cheesecloth and let stand at room temperature until starter begins to ferment and bubble, about 4 days. Starter is now ready to use.
  3. Storage and feeding of starter: Transfer to covered plastic container and store in refrigerator. Feed starter every 2 weeks. Begin each feeding by discarding all but 1 cup. Mix 1 cup flour and 1 cup warm water (105 to 115 degrees F) into remaining mixture. Cover with plastic; let stand at room temperature overnight. Replace lid; return to refrigerator.
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  1. 12 Ratings


After looking at other recipes here, my wife and I decided on this one. It was very simple to make and didn't require added yeast as many others here do. The first time we used it, it wasn't...

Well, this starter did not work for me!! At the start of day 3 the starter was turning a reddish colour, which I learned is not a good thing. The recipe did not specify to cool off the potato ...

This starter worked great, and I had a nice starter after letting it sit for 4 days. I can't wait to let it age and develop even more tasty sourdough flavor!

Only two days and already my starter is bubbly and smelling like sourdough!! I can't wait to make some bread. Thanks so much for the recipe.

I started this one and the "No commercial yeast starter" from this site on the same day, and the other one is developing faster. But it's working, and I'll update when I make my first batch of b...

Worked great, even though I didn't have cheesecloth. I used a loosely woven kitchen towel, and periodically removed it to check on the progress. By the third day I saw a few bubbles; by the four...

This was very easy to start! It was bubbly and ready to use after only two days.

This did not work at all for me. I followed the directions but nothing happened. I decided to got with the yeast starter.

I prefer to use a potato water based sourdough starter. Maybe it's my Irish background. Mine got it's first "feeding" today. Looking forward to starting the New Year sharing sourdough bread with...