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Making sourdough starter is a delicate, imprecise process, but it's worth the effort. Don't give up! Your perseverance will be rewarded. Here is how to do it yourself, it's easier than you thought!

Check out the Health Benefits of Sourdough bread. 

DIY Sourdough Starter

Sourdough Starter 101    

1. Start with a clean glass jar (You can sterilize with boiling water beforehand).

2. Add equal parts filtered water and organic rye flour, filling the jar only a quarter full.

3. Mix and let it sit, out of direct sunlight, half covered, or with a cheesecloth.

4. Come back the next day and stir well. 

5. Spill out half. 

6. Now you will feed it by adding water and flour, in adequate measure to achieve a pancake- batter-like consistency, about half water, half flour. 

7.  Stir well. Repeat this process of stirring, spilling, then re-filling for five days. (Within the first two days, you will start seeing bubbles appear.)  

8. After about five days, the mixture will start rising to double the size after getting fed, and this is how you know you have a starter!

Note: If it doesn't work the first time, you can borrow some starter from a friend, and feed it yourself to create more.

When it's ready, use your starter in your DIY sprouted bread, the healthiest and holiest bead you can make!

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For more info on bread baking or to set up a private tutorial, contact Rustic Regal Bakery in Jerusalem

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