1. How to make a sourdough starter

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INTRODUCTION

I share here how you can make a starter that has a good lactobacilli and yeast cell culture. The lactobacilli creates the acidity of the bread while the yeast cells produce CO2 and make the bread grow. I use the description of a Danish cook, Walter Enoksson that requires you to have ecological apples.

INDEX

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Creating the starter

Manfred Enoksson shows in this video how to do a starter with a apple.  He talks Swedish so I wrote a transcript below so  you can get a fairly good translation of his words. Read the transcript with the screenshots first of all and then look at the video

Transcript with instructions

hello sourdough enthusiasts. I will today show you how to make a starter with apple. We need:

  • glass can
  • a grater
  • one apple
  • a fork
  • water of course
  • and “Vetemjöl special” (that is a high quality flour) 
  • “Dinkel sikt” (that is a spelt flour)
  1. you can  grate the apple on the fine part or at the medium grate

You can do a starter  only with water and flour only but  the sugar in apple helps to get a better bacteria culture.

 

I would add that you get a good starter in a few days instead of weeks.He adds the grated apple to a glass can and adds little water

1:20 We take some water
1:30 and we add flour 
You can add only flour but I like to add spelt with fibers

Different  flour are different in water absorbing so wait to see how the flour swell.

I like this consistence:

It looks for me like a pancake mix.

2:39 And then you put the can with the mix where it is about 24 degrees over the refrigerator or the oven or in another place in you home.

after 2-4 days you have lactobacilli Acetobacter aceti  appeared and yeast cells.

3:04 After 2 days it may look like this

Checking  the right culture

It is bubbly (), porous  and thready
3:19 And most important of all, you must taste the starter
As it must have acidity.

Checking  the left culture

Here we see that it is less bubbly and threaded.
3:33 And when I taste it I smell that it is much much soarer.
Maybe it is that this was ready a few hours before
3:57 Put the starter in a glass jar or plastic jar approved for food
and put it in the refrigerator

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How to keep the starter (3:48)

 

4:05 After 24 hours it moves of to a conserving phase where it is not so thready.
You must add flour every week.
4:20 Add 1/10 flour of the starter volume  and add some water and mix
Then put it back in the refrigerator.

Be careful adding the same flour as you used when you created it.

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Video

 

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conclusion

I have starter that I took with me from Sweden October 1018.

I had it once forgotten and starving for 20 days but it still works fine.

If you can not find ecological apples like here in Italy, how do you  do?

Someone in Italy suggested me to

  1. try dries grapes
  2. or do the starter with only water and flour.

I have not tried that yet aw i suspect that these are treated and do not have yeast cells.

The alternative is to find someone who has a good culture. I found that the cook at Kasbah in Lipari has one. He made it with only water and flour but  he says it takes weeks to get it good. His bread was super and also acid.

Italians do not like acid bread. So they create a natural yeast culture they call lievito madre” or like this cook, “lievito naturale”. They use it make a bread that is not acid.

Click here to look in youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F2wx1QTQiZk


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