Kitchen Science: Sourdough Starter Day Five

Like a newborn baby, you now are probably getting to know your starters feeding schedule very well! Again, today we will feed twice. Today you should start to notice that your starter is doubling between each feeding! This is a great sign; we are getting closer to baking bread and enjoying the fruits of our labor! Today is also a great day to check out how your starter smells. It should smell like yeast, sweet and sour or maybe even smell a little fruity. If you smell your starter and it has bad or foul odor or if it looks like it is growing anything bad; throw it out and start over. We are growing wild yeast and sometimes we can grow bad bacteria instead. I live by the saying “when in doubt throw it out!”

Day five supplies:

  • Jar with starter

  • New clean plastic wrap

  • 1 cup of flour

  • ½ cup lukewarm filtered water

  • Non-metallic whisk

Step 1: Remove lid or plastic wrap

Step 2: Discard half of your starter

Step 3: Add your flour and water

Step 4: Mix until all the flour is fully incorporated

Step 5: Place new plastic wrap and set aside

Step 6: Repeat steps 1-5 twelve hours later or every 8-10 hours depending on your starters needs

Now we wait until tomorrow! Check out our day six blog for day six instructions