I started my sourdough starter 5 days ago following the recipe. I am using rye flour and water. I still don't see any bubbles at all. There is no sour smell either. Can this be normal? Maybe I need to wait a few more days? Has anyone been successful with their starter or had a similar experience?
Keep feeding it. It will get there. A couple years ago, my starter took over a week to see bubbles. The cold slows down the yeast capture. If it's not cold where you are, try cracking a window and placing the jar in the windowsill. More yeasts in the fresh air. Most starters smell like something died for the first couple weeks, so don't be surprised. The smell will change to a pleasant sour smell in time. Just keep feeding. Sourdough is fun! Someone else said, "Sourdough is like a toddler. Feed it, then stand back and watch to see what it does." LOL!
Thank you! I just started seeing some bubbles - maybe I can do some baking this weekend! I have another question - when I want to store my starter, should I store it in the fridge or room temp? I have read that if you store it in the fridge you don't need to feed it daily which would be lower maintenance. What do you do? Thanks again!
I store mine on top of my fridge and feed daily since we use it a couple times a week, making bread, pancakes, etc. You can feed it and put it in the fridge for up to a week. Just get it out again and give it at least three feedings before you're going to use it - to wake the yeasts up. This is the method I used to start mine a couple years ago: www.kitchenstewardship.com/2010/03/01/monday-mission-make-a-sourdough-starter/ Also, the GNOWFGLINS course is so worth it, even if you can only do it for a couple months. gnowfglins.com/ Good luck!
Does sourdough make it an acceptable E bread? For use with pancakes too? I'm intrigued. Does it have more carbs than the Joseph's or Ezekiel bread? What flour are you using? Do you buy rye flour? I have a grain grinder and have been Whole Grain Jane in the past soaking my whole wheat dough in kefir. Never baked with rye before.
I baked my first loaves of sourdough today. I used a rye starter and rye & spelt flour for the bread recipe, as it says in the book. They rose up nicely for several hours and then fell a little and flattened out on the top. So, while they're not pretty, they taste great! The flavor is stronger than I expected. Apparently, I have some things to learn about this process. I may try some whole wheat flour next time.
bdkeen - I used rye berries and ground them into a flour in my VitaMix dry container. Not sure about your other questions as I am new to sourdough.
christineg - I loved that the courses were visual. There are videos in each one. The information is much more diverse than you find in NT. As for being compatible with the plan, I'm not sure. I'm still trying to meld the two and staying true to how we love to eat while being a THM. It's been a month, and so far so good.
bdkeen - Sourdough is an acceptable E choice. The sourdough pancake recipe I use works for E as well. We use almond milk instead of full fat milk, and I cook my portion in a tiny bit of butter in a ceramic coated skillet. I'm not sure about carb counts since I make my own. I have a grain grinder, too, and use a mix of half white wheat and half red wheat berries. You can do either, but my family prefers the taste when we use the mixture. I've never baked with rye before, either. I may give that a try when we use up the heaps of wheat berries we have now.
payeville: Is green pea flour on plan? Does anybody know the answer please. Thank you.
Mar 9, 2015 18:55:23 GMT -5
amys: So glad that I found this forum! It is going to be very helpful.
Mar 9, 2015 19:04:09 GMT -5
daisymae27: i made the mayonnaise in the book, and I really don't like the taste. It leaves such a bitter aftertaste. Any suggestions on how to tweak it to taste better? If not, is there any acceptable ready- made brand?
Mar 9, 2015 19:42:39 GMT -5
steffanie3: daisymae27, it is probably the olive oil I like it i something strong as is like a curry chicken salad, but for everyday MCT for the olive or part of it appeals more, avocado or a light olive oil too
Mar 10, 2015 14:25:12 GMT -5
steffanie3: Green pea flour could be used in an E setting, if you have a specific recipe asking in above forum we could give it a look payeville
Mar 10, 2015 14:26:43 GMT -5
steffanie3: crazyabt6, did you use the homemade flour called for in making in the first step?
Mar 10, 2015 14:28:21 GMT -5
steffanie3: gram42can, nope Cheerios would be a no go on THM
Mar 10, 2015 14:29:07 GMT -5
steffanie3: perla, I don't have those, but if you post ingredients in a post above we could take a look or other mamas might spot it that do have it. The chatbox questions are easy to miss because they can scroll by without mamas seeing them
Mar 10, 2015 14:30:27 GMT -5
steffanie3: Menu Monday May 9th is up http://trimhealthymama.freeforums.net/thread/3333/menu-mondays-march-9th
Mar 10, 2015 15:00:22 GMT -5
solagratia: I'm new and not sure how this this works...new to THM too and have a question. Appreciate any help I can get.
Mar 16, 2015 2:19:18 GMT -5
solagratia: I've been doing THM about 2 weeks and I'm starting to loose a bit of wieght but my breath has become strange. I can't smell it but my husband says it's a bit metallic and quite strongly ammonia-like in its smell.
Mar 16, 2015 2:20:04 GMT -5
solagratia: We're concerned since I am nursing our 11 month old. I've had this happen before when I've tried to loose weight while still nursing. But years ago (before my childbearing and nursing days) I lost weight when needed without this side affect.
Mar 16, 2015 2:22:19 GMT -5
solagratia: My mild supply seems fine, but we are concerned about how this could affect the baby or if something is wrong with me. Any thoughts anyone? Thanks
Mar 16, 2015 2:23:11 GMT -5
steffanie3: solagratia, it sounds like you are in ketosis are you mixing up your fuels well? If you would like you can post a few days menus in a thread above and the ladies are great about helping make suggestions
Mar 16, 2015 17:24:46 GMT -5
Dutchi: Is there a limit for how much almond milk you can use in a meal...any category? For example...can I use 1.5 cups of almond milk in a smoothie with whey and berries and still have it be a FP? I find the ice waters down the flavour too much for my liking.
Mar 17, 2015 12:36:37 GMT -5
Dutchi: I bought some whey powder at the bulk food store. Most recipes call for 1 scoop. Can you tell what 1 scoop would equal...1 tablespoon...2 tablespoons?
Mar 17, 2015 13:14:00 GMT -5
steffanie3: Dutchi a cup and a half can work specifically in that example, typically it is good to stick to a serving is a good idea
Mar 22, 2015 15:50:58 GMT -5
steffanie3: You might have to check with the store to be sure, a typical scoop is 1/4 to a 1/3 but they can vary a bit. For protein you do want a whey protein isolate, cross-microfiltered preferred.
Mar 22, 2015 15:52:01 GMT -5
steffanie3: Be sure and share a day's menu on Menu Monday http://trimhealthymama.freeforums.net/thread/3357/menu-mondays-march-30
Mar 31, 2015 8:44:09 GMT -5
thinkthelma: was wondering about a bread that i found, it is an oatmeal bread, 1 slice is 35 cal,8 carbs 2g fiber, 6 net carbs,og fat 2g protein, how much can i use on s and e? thanks
Apr 1, 2015 13:38:00 GMT -5