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Making Scratch Starter Sometimes Smells – Ask Dr. Dough

Dr. Matt McClean, I started  making starter on my own via instructions on the internet with fresh ground wheat & water.  It worked great but went crazy, grew super huge, & smelled WAY sour strong. The other start was a dehydrated start from [some one else].  It was just a tiny bit & started fine, […]

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Starter Stages

Doubled in volume Leaven

“What should my Natural Leaven starter look like?” The appearance of Natural Leaven starter varies drastically from it’s dormant, dry state to the beginning stages of growth, then to the height of light, airiness, and then back down to a thick, bubble-less liquid. Natural Leaven bacteria and yeast cultures also vary with the culturing temperature […]

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Leavening from Grandma

“Did people use Natural Leavening before refrigeration?” Natural Leavening does not have to be refrigerated.  If people made leavened bread any time prior to about 1850, they used natural leavening techniques like sourdough, and they did not have refrigeration.  Without the help of refrigeration to put your leavening start “on hold”, it ferments faster, earning […]

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