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.
Bryony: Basically all recipes Steffanie. I have so many I would like use. Are almond flour and oat flour and/or oat fiber interchangeable with coconut flour?
Dec 19, 2014 16:01:07 GMT -5
steffanie3: Not really, coconut flour is quite different as it absorbs lots of liquid and works best with plenty of eggs. I tend to like it mixed with other flours.
Dec 20, 2014 2:15:49 GMT -5
kristaflrealtor: Can I drink coffee with unsweetened almond milk at any time of the day, or just with meals? I am confused.
Jan 4, 2015 11:13:00 GMT -5
steffanie3: A splash of unsweetened almond milk in your coffee should be ok as a sipper
Jan 5, 2015 19:19:30 GMT -5
trishylalala: I'm super new and have been trying to follow the plan since Monday 1/5/2015. I have read alot of the book, but I wanted to start so I jumped in! I have the THM sweet mix but I tried MM receipe and I can't get it sweet with out being bitter? ideas?
Jan 9, 2015 1:22:39 GMT -5
lizs: Hi I am trying to figure out how i can still use my favourit protein shake (vega sport), it has 4,5g carbs, i usually drink it with coconut milk and seeds and berries so i thought it would be an S meal but then realized coconut milk has 6g carbs as well:-(
Jan 9, 2015 18:47:36 GMT -5
steffanie3: Welcome ladies Sometimes ladies miss the shoutbox and but still see the posts above (just a hint ). trishylalala sometimes that can be tricky, have you tried the range in the book yet?
Jan 10, 2015 12:05:20 GMT -5
steffanie3: lizs if you can post above the ingredients in a thread I can see if it can work. There is great info in the Pearl and Serene chats area about why they recommend a whey isolate that would be good to read
Jan 10, 2015 12:07:09 GMT -5
steffanie3: A super handy feature for finding things in the forums is within an area there is a search on the upper right and if you just start typing what you are looking forward (protein) all the posts with it in the title will automatically start coming up
Jan 10, 2015 12:08:15 GMT -5
lpayne: Would Van's blueberry waffles be a E selection? [br]What plan do Roma tomatoes fall in?
Jan 13, 2015 15:18:51 GMT -5
steffanie3: What are the Van's blueberry waffle ingredients?
Jan 13, 2015 21:50:14 GMT -5
steffanie3: Roma tomatoes are FP in moderation Be a bit more cautious in S and FP enjoy freely in E.
Jan 13, 2015 21:50:59 GMT -5
lpayne: The nutritional content is 2 waffles- Fat 6 grams, carbs 35 grams, 1g fiber, sugar 3 g, protein 2 g. I ate one waffles and 3 eggwhites cooked in coconut oil. Would that work for E breakfast?
Jan 14, 2015 11:02:48 GMT -5
steffanie3: Sorry lpayne, the ingredients are not on plan with the rice flour, potato starch, sugar. Have you tried the book pancakes? I think they are great
Jan 15, 2015 20:39:38 GMT -5
jostenger: Why do we peel the lemons in the Singing Canary?
Jan 18, 2015 15:20:04 GMT -5
steffanie3: You don't have to, in my experience it is way too much oil out of the peel for the drink for my tastes Might depend on the lemons as well, some might tend to be more bitter than others. I do zest most of mind to use the zest in other things.
Jan 19, 2015 2:35:24 GMT -5
krisnj: Good Morning! I am a beginner with THM. For breakfast today, I made the zucchini fritter with 1 tsp. coconut oil and had 1/2 c. of RF cottage cheese. Does that qualify as an S breakfast?
Jan 23, 2015 8:29:44 GMT -5
krisnj: New to forums! I probably should have posted my question above on a message board
Jan 23, 2015 8:35:28 GMT -5
steffanie3: The Zucchini are S with whole egg, so yes Welcome
Jan 24, 2015 12:20:59 GMT -5