How to Feed Sourdough Starter

Learn how to feed your starter to make perfectly fluffy sourdough bread!

Many recipes will tell you to feed your sourdough starter with equal parts starter, flour, and water. But if you start with too much starter, your bread can be overly sour from the lactic acid in the old sourdough starter. Starters should be fed once a week (whether you bake with them or not) and stored in the fridge in between feedings. Follow the simple instructions below to feed your sourdough starter for a mild-tasting bread.

Remove all but 1-2 tablespoons of starter from the jar.

Add equal weights of flour and lukewarm water. (150 g each)

Stir the starter with a long silicone spatula and scrape down the sides of the jar. You can also use a wooden spoon or another clean kitchen utensil.

The starter should be the consistency of a thick pancake batter, but it will be thinner after it rises.

Store the starter on top of your fridge or in another warm place.

The starter is ready to use when it has doubled or tripled in volume in 6-8 hours.

Use your active starter to bake delicious sourdough bread!