I'm so glad you came to visit me and find out more about sourdough. My sourdough starter is three-years-old and I can't wait to say someday it's in its decades.
Our ancestors used sourdough in their every day life and kitchens, but sadly, many cooks don't know a whole lot about using sourdough other than you need a starter and have to feed it. It's important we not lose these traditional arts and way of life.
I had tried sourdough in the past and for the life of me couldn't keep the starter alive. Lovely mold greeted me and in frustration I threw it out and waited years before trying again. Part of the reason for my failure was using regular store bought yeast and not understanding how to feed it and discard the starter correctly.
When I found Traditional Cooking School by GNOWFGLINS I got all kinds of giddy when I saw their Sourdough E-course and E-book. My sourdough starter was only a few weeks old at the time and their info ensured my success and helped me produce edible sourdough products. If you've ever eaten something too sour, you know exactly what I'm talking about.
Sourdough is healthier for you than regular bread products because it's fermented. Like so many others, I didn't know the health benefits of sourdough either. I just thought it was really awesome to capture my own wild yeast and not to be dependent on store bought yeast. Now that I understand phytic acid and how fermenting it helps our bodies to absorb the nutrients, I'm hooked!
My sourdough starter sits on my kitchen counter and is a living part of my kitchen. When I made my first loaf of sourdough bread without any store bought yeast and got a beautiful rise, I almost wept it was so pretty. And because I'd had so many failures prior to that moment, I appreciated that delightful loaf even more. My main problem was trying to bake bread without a strong enough colony of natural yeast.
Because I like things that make my life easier, I figure you do, too. Trust me when I say this is a comprehensive, but easy to follow course and book. We love the sourdough tortillas and they're on our menu at least once a month, usually twice… or three.
Using sourdough is frugal. Using sourdough means you don't have to purchase yeast from the store. One less item on my grocery list is always a plus. Not to mention, it ups our preparedness level, knowing I can still bake bread, tortillas, cakes, cinnamon rolls, and many other products without depending upon yeast purchased from the store.
I'm now a regular contributor to Traditional Cooking School by GNOWFGLINS and an affiliate for their products (If you make a purchase by clicking on my link, I receive a small commission, but it costs you know more. Thank you for helping support this website). In fact, I printed out the e-book and had the recipe for sourdough waffles on my counter just this morning.
Note: They also have instructions for a gluten-free sourdough starter!
Including my Chocolate Sourdough Waffle recipe, healthy enough for breakfast and delicious enough for dessert!