Kitchen Science for Kids: Sourdough Starter Lesson Plan

Updated 09/11/18 If kids grow up more in touch with the natural world, they will feel less inclined to destroy it as adults. While I wholeheartedly believe kids need to play outside in nature, they can also learn about entire ecosystems right in their kitchens, using only a handful of basic ingredients. Any of the fermented recipes […]

How to Make a Sourdough Starter (in Stick Drawings)

I taught a sourdough starter workshop last month and I really could have used some graphics to outline the process. Creating a starter from scratch may sound complicated (you can read my post here) but involves only a handful of steps and your patience. For my upcoming free sourdough starter webinar, I put together the following […]

Happy Birthday, Eleanor (How to Make a Sourdough Starter)

one year old sourdough starter

Click here to go straight to the recipe A year ago I wondered if Eleanor would make it to this day. I had baked with a couple of other sourdough starters before Eleanor came along, and I thought they exhibited fundamental flaws—they lacked vigor, they smelled too acidic, they produced lackluster loaves. As I’ve come to realize over […]