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May 21, 2013 09:28 AM

Kosher sourdough Starter

Has anyone ever seen kosher sourdough starter? I contacted King Arthur Flour- as suggested on an old thread here- and none of their starters are certified. I know that I can make it on my own, but I wanted to see if I can save time.

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  1. I have never seen it.
    You can expedite starter creation with pineapple juice which has high enzymatic activity.
    Even if you buy starter it takes a few days to activate.

    1. Read Michael Pollan's new book "Cooked." He tells you how to make your own. You need patience, as much as anything else.

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      1. re: DebbyT

        Thank you but as I said I know that I can make my own but I would like to see if any store bought ones exist

      2. If you are ever anywhere near Riverdale, my wife and I have a 4yr old sour dough starter, originally born and bred in the UK and transplanted here two years back. We have a dozen or so mason jars around the kitchen...plenty to go around.

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        1. re: gotcholent

          Sweet of you to offer! When I read that it's 4 years old, I was imagining the I Love Lucy episode when the bread comes flying out of the oven. Doesn't the starter smell after so much time?

          1. re: EmpireState

            starters refreshed constantly with fresh flour and water and most is thrown out (or used to make pancakes.)
            So it pretty much maintains the same flavor profile for as long as you feed it.
            Unless you change flour and hydration.

            1. re: EmpireState

              Like the legendary 100-year-old soup stocks, there may be molecules of the original remaining, but not much else.

              1. re: ferret

                Whats even crazier is that the sourdough changes when it changes environment because it feeds of local bacteria. Hence the legend of the SF sourdough.