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.
maggiewonders: Quinoa mixed in with steel-cut oats makes a rockin' breakfast cereal. Wisk a half scoop protein powder w/almond milk & pour over, and then add whatever flavorings, sweetener, toppings - my usual is berries/yogurt/and a sprinkling of chopped walnuts.
Jun 23, 2014 23:40:48 GMT -5
shannonlynn: Does anyone have suggestions for a syrup that work on the plan? I originally ordered the Ali's All Natural they suggested in the book, but it is not available anymore. I tried a recipe from Pinterest, but wasn't happy with the taste.
Jun 25, 2014 13:03:16 GMT -5
steffanie3: Nature's Hollow makes some syrups (and other things) with xylitol, netrition.com carries them as probably other places online
Jun 26, 2014 0:44:55 GMT -5
sophia: Is the zucchini fritter supposed to be pretty big?
Jul 3, 2014 8:13:15 GMT -5
wannabeold: Is there an error in the Best Macaroon Cookies recipe? They were very dry.
Jul 4, 2014 22:17:22 GMT -5
steffanie3: I haven't made zucchini fritters Sophia, I think fritters are typically pretty good sized (deck of cards maybe).
Jul 5, 2014 22:35:50 GMT -5
steffanie3: I don't see a correction on the Macaroons, but I do add a bit more egg whites if they don't seem wet enough to stick together I really enjoy those.
Jul 5, 2014 22:36:51 GMT -5
gs3691: Does anyone have a good recipe for a plan-friendly squash casserole?
Jul 8, 2014 21:39:53 GMT -5
ajillbee: Help on Testosterone please? I can't find out if Testosterone hormone replacement (bio identical of course) can be harmful for someone who is pregnant or can potentially fall pregnant? Any answers please? Thanks
Jul 9, 2014 17:15:51 GMT -5
goguengal: What fruits are best to eat. I know berries are low glycemic but what other fruits work.
Jul 12, 2014 23:10:17 GMT -5
steffanie3: ajillbee, I honestly have no idea, it would definitely be good to ask your doctor or midwife.
Jul 14, 2014 2:08:57 GMT -5
steffanie3: goguengal, most are just fine in moderation in an E fuel setting
Jul 14, 2014 2:09:43 GMT -5
chezza77: can someone explain how and when I eat the certain foods E S, SE, FP. I dont understand and dont want to get it wrong
Jul 15, 2014 6:10:36 GMT -5
steffanie3: Chapter 11 in the book kind of pulls this together, stating at page 111 I think most specifically Most mamas switch from one fuel to the other throughout the day, many start with whole days of one fuel though while they get the concepts down
Jul 15, 2014 9:58:47 GMT -5
mommom: Confused about E meals. The Egg White Breakfast Buritto is an E meal. If I add a slice of cantelope it now becomes and S. Is that correct? SO, am I suppose to not "mix" my carbs? Fruit with a "bread" even if it is a plan approved "bread"?
Jul 15, 2014 14:51:33 GMT -5
steffanie3: Cantaloupe is an E food, so a slice or two with an E breakfast is a great choice What is in your breakfast burrito, it might need a carb source. Not sure if it would be easier for you to type it up in a new thread above for more room than shoutbox
Jul 15, 2014 17:13:00 GMT -5
mommom: spinach and mushrooms, with lean ham or bacon and a "pinch of cheese"
Jul 21, 2014 12:52:53 GMT -5
rahel: I like to exercise (Insanity /high intensity workout) at night, couple hours after dinner. What would be a good way to get in the 25g of protein after? Shakes? Which ones are not too high in calories (Hard time losing weight, so want to go easy)
Jul 28, 2014 14:31:50 GMT -5
steffanie3: I would go with shakes rahel, Big Boy would probably be a good choice since you would be headed to bed.
Jul 29, 2014 20:19:54 GMT -5
orygungurl: Is there anyone in the Portland Oregon area that has the THM plan pretty much figured out? If you do, would you be interested in speaking to a small(?) group of church ladies during a Sugar Free Tea that I hope to hold in October? PM me if you want.~Alana
Jul 30, 2014 10:32:27 GMT -5