Category Archives: Starter Troubleshooting

Natural Leavening Refreshment, Weight & Heat

Natural Leavening Refreshments and Weight

Inconsistent Natural Leavening Refreshment? Weighty Matter, Hot Topic. Hi Amy – I’ve been trying to get the natural leavening started and am not having any luck.  It’s been 36 hours and looks no different than when I started.  The directions say to stir it every 12 hours.  After the first 12 hours, it had grown […]

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Sour Starter Solution

  Dear Amy, Please help me! I started the hard wheat leavening with flour and water and after 36 hours on the counter I made yummy pancakes. I added flour and water to the remaining starter and left it on the counter, but the next day I made pancakes and they were sour. I added […]

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Natural Leavening Yeast Sourdough Mold? Ask Amy

It can happen.

Dear Amy, Hey, quick question, will the [Natural Leavening yeast] sourdough mold? My starter turned dark and formed a liquid on top. I thought I killed it. I’m paranoid. Thanks, Emilie M., Provo, UT. Afraid of Mold. When I first began natural leavening, I was afraid of mold growth. Each week, I would carefully check my […]

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Natural Leavening, “Mildly Sweet Natural Yeast” – Ask Dr. Dough

People have lots of questions about Natural Leavening and beginning a grain start.  We recently answered a few questions and want to share. HI. I just read [a] book on using natural yeast for baking, & I’m wondering if your yeast is the more mild/sweet yeast, or if it’s the stronger sourdough yeast?  I can […]

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