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Rye Sourdough Starter

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Category: Breads

 Ingredients List

  • 1 pk Dry yeast
  • 3 c Water, tepid (80-degree)
  • 3 1/2 c Flour, rye medium
  • 1 Onion, small, peeled and
  • Halved.


The 4-cup batch of starter made by this recipe is enough to bake any of the
rye breads requiring a rye starter, with enough left over to serve as the
nucleus for another baking. When you "feed" leftover starter... which
should be done every 2 weeks or so.. add a little rye flour and water,
using 3 parts of flour to 2 of water. To build up a small amount of starter
to a quantity large enough for baking, do the job in several steps, never
adding a larger measure of flour than the amount of starter on hand. Let
the starter stand at room temperature overnight or for up to 24 hours,
until it is bubbly and no longer smells floury. To increase further, add
more flour and water in the same proportions and again let the starter
ferment until it is bubbly enough to use. Store leftover starter in the
refrigerator between bakings and "feedings," and for indefinite storage,
freeze it. Thaw, then feed the starter and let it ferment at room
temperature before use. Makes about 4 cups.

1. Dissolve the yeast in 2 cups of the tepid water, then beat in 2 cups of
the rye flour, beating until no lumps remain. Add the onion, cover loosely
with a cloth, and let stand at room temperature for 24 hours. 2. Remove the
onion. Beat in 1 cup tepid water, then 1 1/2 cups rye flour. Cover with
the cloth and let stand for 24 hours longer. The starter should now be
pleasantly sour-smelling, almost beery, and bubbly. (Depending upon the
temperature of the room, a slightly longer or shorter period of
fermentation may produce this result.) TO USE: The starter is now ready for
use and can be refrigerated for up to 24 hours before use, without further
feeding. If you must hold the starter longer before use, the night before
it is wanted, add 1/2 cup tepid water and 3/4 cup rye flour and let is
stand at room temperature overnight.

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