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.
mamaonley: and I've tried to make the skinny chocolate at least a dozen times, a bunch of different ways...it NEVER comes out right...it's either too chalky, or too gritty, or too sweet, or not sweet enough...PLEASE SOMEONE HELP!!! I love chocolate
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stacylynn: Got another one for you: Zone Bar with 210 cal; 7 g fat; 23 carbs (eek!); 3 g fiber; 15 gm sugar and 14 gm protein would fall under what category? Mess up? IMA goof-ball? Oops? Really...how do I categorize this poor choice?
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steffanie3: Probably a start again in three hours Or off plan
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stacylynn: Thank you, Steffanie3. Your answer was swirling around in my head, but who wants to admit it? Life happens...then you jump back on the THM band-wagon! Blessings...
Sept 10, 2014 9:49:52 GMT -5
steffanie3: Absolutely, love your attitude
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steffanie3: And it was a way better choice than many things I am sure.
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stacylynn: Thanks, Steffanie3! You are kind!
Sept 11, 2014 19:06:01 GMT -5
steffanie3: Please join in on Menu Monday http://trimhealthymama.freeforums.net/thread/3073/menu-monday-september-15th
Sept 15, 2014 16:00:12 GMT -5
gramto9: can someone tell me how to access the various "groups"..... I think there are some I would be interested in...thanks...jj
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stacylynn: Grocery Outlet had Truvia for $2.99/80 packets, so if you have a G.O. near you - check it out!
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stacylynn: Gramto9: what groups are you referring?
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steffanie3: There are facebook groups, on here there a few threads of mamas that are grandmas, more to lose, international, but mostly it is by topic
Sept 21, 2014 20:56:44 GMT -5
steffanie3: That is a great price stacylynn, I heart Grocery Outlet
Sept 21, 2014 20:57:25 GMT -5
stacylynn: I agree, Steffanie, on both thoughts!
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auntyb: I am from Calgary! Hello TH Mamas in Canada
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missyhi: Looking for pumpkin spice fuel pull cookies, made them last week and now I can't find the recipe thanks!
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steffanie3: Hmm, I haven't seen it missyhi, I will look a bit though because that sounds great Can you type it in your address bar on your computer? Sometimes when I start typing it will remember titles on sites I have been on and be enough to pull it up.
Sept 29, 2014 16:08:13 GMT -5
steffanie3: Found some, are these it? http://www.pinterest.com/pin/345580971378137381/
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jinay: I've noticed some of the ladies have a small scale at the bottom of their posts tracking their progress. Where can I find this to add to my profile?
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