January 19, 2009

Bread Starter, or the Bubbling Mother

Filed under: Uncategorized — Linda @ 9:03 pm

I have become very interested in the concept of making bread without store bought yeast. Ever wondered what did they do before supermarkets that sold it in jars? I never even gave it a thought until Mary Janes Farm magazine had this great article about it. Then I looked it up and found all kinds of information. They call it “The Mother”. The reason for this is because you take some of the dish full of yeasty bubble stuff and mix more flour and water and salt and honey and whatever you want the kinda bread to be. So your bowl of “The Mother” gives birth to a new loaf of bread every time you take some. Well with everything you must give back if you take…..so everyday you add to it or feed it. I know it sounds really weird but it is true. Apparently they have Mothers that are passed down through generations…

Anyway my first try was a flop. I fed it all week and took some and added my ingredients and waited for it to rise. It didn’t. So here I am trying again but this time I have 3 going. Surely one will work? Or I could be taken over by alien Mothers…

1st with rye flour
Next is wheat flour


So far got a good bubble on all my “Mothers”

2 Comments »

  1. Awesome, Linda! I used to have a really nice sourdough starter many years ago. They’re worth preserving. mmmMMMMmmmmm, sourdough bread, sourdough biscuits, sourdough cake, sourdough pancakes.
    - Franna

    Comment by Franna — January 19, 2009 @ 11:29 pm

  2. Hi Linda!
    How’s the starter doing? Were you successful?

    I’ve been thinking about you and the Herdwicks. When are your lambs due? I’m so glad spring is coming, though it looks like we’ll have another chilly blast here next week before it warms up. Seeds are staged and waiting to go into pots and outside.

    - Franna

    Comment by Franna — March 4, 2009 @ 8:58 pm

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