Discover three important benefits for eating real sourdough bread. Then learn how you can easily make your own sourdough starter at home. Once you begin, you and your family will not want to go back to the pre-packaged and overly processed options on the supermarket shelves. There is just something so comforting about homemade bread from your own oven. The smell alone is a fun experience for the senses.
If you’re like the thousands of people who suffer from gluten-intolerance or sensitivity (including those who suffer from Celiac, Hashimoto’s, or Leaky Gut), and miss having a yummy bagel or buttery toast with your breakfast or perhaps a delicious fresh out-of-the-oven, homemade dinner roll, don’t fret…because there may be a better option than just the gluten-free (GF) options that we all know don’t quite measure up. Learn how to make this simple sourdough option at home.
In some cases, the GF options may keep you from gluten exposure, but may not be as healthy as the big companies lead you to believe. Read my post on some facts that everyone should be aware of before going GF here.
SOURDOUGH, A HEALTHY CHOICE
- Better for your gut health. Due to the long fermentation process, it breaks down the hard-to-digest proteins and enzymes like phytic acid that you typically find in grains. Phytic acid is considered an anti-nutrient and impairs the absorption of key vitamins and minerals like iron, zinc, and calcium. Those who eat a lot of commercial grains (rice and bread in particular) are typically nutrient deficient in many vital vitamins and minerals because of this. As a result, these folks are more susceptible to otherwise preventable disease and illness. Sourdough is less likely to damage your gut lining and therefore is a natural choice to help support good gut health.
- Easier to digest. Sourdough is easier to digest due to the fact stated above which will make it easier for your body to absorb and assimilate the vitamins and nutrients into your system. This alone wins my vote! I am super sensitive due to certain gene limitations and so I need all the help I can get to naturally absorb and detox.
- No artificial junk added. Making your own homemade sourdough at home is 100% natural and you control what ingredients you add into your recipes. So there are no artificial dyes, colors, chemicals, preservatives, hydrogenated oils, high fructose corn syrup, or any other questionable ingredients. This obviously wins my vote as well! The closer to the source we eat, the healthier our bodies will become.
HOW DOES MAKING YOUR OWN SOURDOUGH STARTER WORK?
The process is quite amazing! With just two simple ingredients, flour and water, you are able to ferment this amazing mixture into a natural leavening agent, just like folks did before modern-day conveniences.
Little by little as it cultivates the natural yeast from your environment, it will start to come alive right before your very eyes. Like anything that is alive, it will need to be fed regularly to help promote growth.
WHAT TO EXPECT THE FIRST FEW DAYS?
Brand new sourdough starter just looks like wet flour in the beginning. It may look like nothing is happening at first, but be patient and keep your starter well fed and hydrated and before long, you will notice changes with each new day.
HOW LONG DOES THE WHOLE PROCESS TAKE?
Typically, it will take 5-7 days before your starter becomes active. In some cases, it can take up to 2 weeks, depending on the conditions of your kitchen during the maturing process.
WHAT IS THE BLACK LIQUID THAT COLLECTS AT THE TOP OF THE JAR?
No need to panic! That liquid is a visual sign that your yeast needs to be fed. It has exhausted all its’ nutrients and is hungry.
Simply pour out some of the extra liquid, aka “Hooch,” and continue to feed like usual.
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TOOLS YOU MAY FIND HELPFUL FOR STARTING YOUR SOURDOUGH JOURNEY
This book is my favorite! It has easy to follow directions and covers a lot of recipes that you’ll enjoy trying.
I ordered both these bannetons and they do really well for giving my loaves a more artisan look.
I also picked up these mixers to help with mixing the dough.
DISCOVER HOW SIMPLE IT IS TO START YOUR OWN SOURDOUGH STARTER AT HOME
This is what our mature sourdough starter looks like when it is well fed and happy. See all those beautiful bubbles?! Overtime and with a little care, your starter will begin to grow healthier too. Once your starter matures, the real magic can begin. Hope that you’ll capture your own wild sourdough yeast soon!
Remember, sourdough can be a little finicky at first, but once you find that sweet spot, it will be so worth your efforts. It is like an art form and needs to be cultivated and nurtured.
If you find that you don’t have time to make it yourself, try a trusted natural and organic brand that uses minimal ingredients. Also, take a look into making the switch to sprouted grains that are also easier to digest and less likely to cause the typical gut damage associated with conventional store bought bread. Learn more about the health benefits of sourdough bread here and start taking back your daily bread.
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