Making a sourdough starter is an easy thing to do; add water and strong flour together and let nature take over. You do not need to add yeast or apple or grapes or yoghurt to create the starter. The yeast comes from airborne wild or natural yeasts that are all around us in sufficient quantities to activate the starter. Then it is a matter of feeding the starter every day for 5 days. The starter will produce bubbles and will have a sweet alcoholic smell. I store my starter in a 1.5L Kilner jar and leave it in my kitchen in a cool place ready for use. The starter can be stored in the fridge if you have the space as this will slow down the activity and preserve it. You must bring the starter back to room temperature before use to get it active again, so allow 12 hours before use. The creation of a starter takes approximately 5 days and then regular feeding thereafter. Follow the step by step guide below and you will have the beginning of a wonderful sourdough starter.
After carrying out much researching on the internet I found this to be the easiest instructions to follow. Also, I would like to mention that although my starter is very successful I was struggling a bit on how to continue to feed the starter and with how much flour and water to feed it with once used for making bread and how to keep it if I wasn't going to use it for a while. I had another look on the internet for further instructions on keeping the starter and did find them quite convoluted compared to these instructions which for making the starter are very clear. - 11 Mar 2018
so so simple, makes wonderful sourdough bread my family love the crispy crust and the soft bread, ideal for toast or a wonderful fread bead sandwich, friends love the starter I gave them. Also a good social talking point. we all love it - 15 Mar 2017
Very easy to follow instructions, I'm loving watching starter bubbling away, when it's ready I'll be trying your bread recipe. Thank you . - 13 Apr 2015