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.
steffanie3: daisymae27 Welcome There isn't a set number, in an S meal you are to eat until satisfied, not stuffed but satisfied. You can have up to a 1/3 of a batch of Skinny Chocolate a day is the only fat guideline I can think of off the top of my head.
Feb 9, 2015 22:10:03 GMT -5
steffanie3: You do want to be respectful of things like heavy cream with lots of calories and not as "pure" of fat as coconut oil Does that help?
Feb 9, 2015 22:10:45 GMT -5
daisymae27: Yes, that does help. I have been putting coconut oil with a little THM sweetener in my coffee and then blending it in the blender. It's really good! I guess After years of diets that require me to count fats, I'm afraid I might overdo it.
Feb 10, 2015 9:38:47 GMT -5
dynamo: So, I remember reading somewhere that 2 light rye wasa crackers can be used in a FP, but the nutritional info says that 2 crackers is 11 net carbs.. isn't the limit 10 net carbs for FP? Does anyone have an explanation for this? TIA! : )
Feb 11, 2015 17:49:18 GMT -5
steffanie3: Yes two light rye Wasa for FP, one in S, or four in E. Rye is very gentle on blood sugar and they are super low cal
Feb 12, 2015 16:33:20 GMT -5
htebe: is there a substitute for oolong tea? seems I have everything but
Feb 15, 2015 7:19:47 GMT -5
stacylynn: trimhealthygma4him - what is overwhelming to you? Maybe we can help you!
Feb 16, 2015 10:27:04 GMT -5
stacylynn: htebe - I have subbed green tea for oolong before. They aren't a perfect switch, but I believe they are close enough to sub for one another. What do the rest of you think?
Feb 16, 2015 10:30:58 GMT -5
steffanie3: I agree Green tea can be subbed in Earth Milk so I took that as they were similar. I personally like all kinds of teas and drink both at different times. Many types have their own benefits, I would use what you have for now
Feb 16, 2015 12:45:45 GMT -5
steffanie3: Don't miss out on participating in http://trimhealthymama.freeforums.net/thread/3301/menu-monday-february-16th
Feb 16, 2015 18:09:15 GMT -5
kari1052: does anyone have a package of not naughty rice or pasta they wouldn't mind selling. I want to try it before investing in a case of it in case I hate it.
Feb 22, 2015 11:41:28 GMT -5
steffanie3: kari1052 it wouldn't be the same brand, but Swanson's Vitamins sells individual bags of konjac noodles, Miracle noodle brand. Although I prefer THM's (and THM's are cheaper even with shipping) you could get the basic konjac noodle idea that way
Feb 23, 2015 14:46:09 GMT -5
perla: Do any of you still eat any of the RAW recipes from Serene's previous cookbook? I would like to be able to implement the "Sun-dried tomatoe spinach pasta" and the "Classic Green Bean Salad" recipes. Are those still within the THM boundries?
Feb 24, 2015 18:27:44 GMT -5
caroljoy20: Any one have the super food chocolate chews that contain peptides???
Feb 28, 2015 11:01:05 GMT -5
gram42can: I was told plain Cheerios are on plan, can anyone verify this info. I am skeptical.
Mar 3, 2015 12:57:40 GMT -5
stacylynn: Hi caroljoy! I have the chocolate chews recipe. I'll post it in the S recipe files and *try* to message you.
Mar 4, 2015 10:42:21 GMT -5
crazyabt6: Hi! so excited to be here! Have a question about the country biscuit: I tried making it E-style with just the egg whites and it was a flop! I followed the recipe to a 'T' not sure what I did wrong..... Help? :/
Mar 4, 2015 19:49:32 GMT -5