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do starters expire?

wowimadog Mar 11, 2008 09:50 AM

do bread starters expire? i've neglected mine and though i know of very old starters, i am not sure mine are still good since i haven't fed them in quite a while. thanks.

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  1. danhole Mar 11, 2008 10:17 AM

    I used to do the "Herman" thing and if you don't feed them they die! Start over. Sorry for your loss. LOL.

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      Laurella Mar 11, 2008 10:23 AM

      Hmm, we've got starter that we were give by my in-laws,.who got the original over 30 years ago. We keep it in the fridge and went a LONG time without feeding it (like a year or something). This starter is very forgiving, though. We recently fed it in order to use in an Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day recipe and are having no problems with it at all--it's really robust and active. We successfully used starter only (no commercial yeast) and our loaves were good even after a week (though shorter than they were at the beginning). I'd say feed it and give it a try. You have little to lose by giving it a go.

      1. Becca Porter Mar 11, 2008 11:40 AM

        If you have a very neglected starter, you need to rebuild it. Mix 1 cup of your starter with 16 oz. bread or high-gluten flour and 16. oz. of water. Then let it sit out for about 6 hours. It should be fine.

        -Becca
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