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Jul 13, 2013 12:03 PM

Sourdough Starter Newbie

I have an 8-week old starter going wonderfully. The bread I've made with it has been awesome. I used one cup on Monday, July 8 and fed it one cup each water and flour. I'm going to use another cup today. Do I feed it again even though it hasn't been a week since I last fed it??

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  1. Once mine was up and active I'd feed it whenever I wanted a little extra for baking, but I made sure it was fed at least every ten days or so. Thanks for the post. You reminded me...Mine is on the counter, having been fed, and I needed to stir it to keep it in its bowl.

    1. Do you store it in the fridge or on the counter?

      I store my starter in the fridge. I take it out the day I want to use it, then I feed it, even if I used it the day before. I wait until it's nice and bubbly, then take out what I need and put it back in the fridge.

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      1. re: LMAshton

        I take mine out to feed. Once it stops bubbling up excessively it goes back in the fridge.

        1. re: tim irvine

          Right. My suggestion is to do what I do - take it out of the fridge, feed it, wait for it to bubble, take out what you need, return to fridge. I always feed it when I'm using it unless I a. have enough starter and b. I fed it last less than, say, 6 or 12 hours ago. The starter needs to be active and bubbly when used, and if it's been longer than 6 or 12 hours, it's not active and bubbly anymore.

          1. re: LMAshton

            Not always. I make pizza dough with mine using a KAF recipe and it calls for using the start flat out of the fridge, pre-fed.