A Resource Guide to Sourdough Starter

The Best Resources For Making a Sourdough Starter From Scratch

While you can certainly begin your sourdough journey with a starter gifted by a generous neighbor or like me purchase a dehydrated starter from a fellow sourdough enthusiast on Etsy (see below), another option is to start your own from scratch.

Making a sourdough starter from scratch is a simple process that takes 7 days. While it may be simple, getting it right requires patience and diligence in following specific steps and exercising basic skills of observation.

There are some different variations to the process, but in general, it looks something like this:

Day 1 Combine flour and water in a clean glass jar. Stir, cover, and let rest in a warm spot for 24 hours.
Day 2
Discard half of the starter mixture or just add additional flour and water to the jar. Stir, cover, and let rest in a warm spot for 24 hours.
Days 3-5
You should begin to see activity by day 3. Discard half of the starter mixture and add flour and water to the jar (you may want to use a clean jar each day). Stir, cover, and let rest in a warm spot for 24 hours.
Days 6-7
Your starter should be consistently rising by now and would benefit from feeding twice a day. Every 12 hours, discard half the starter mixture and add flour and water to the jar. Stir, cover, and let rest in a warm sport for 12 hours. On Day 7 your starter will be ready to use.

If you have questions about how much flour and water to use or what type of flour, here are some of the best resources I could find to help you maximize your chance of success.

Articles to help you make your starter from scratch

Basic Sourdough Starter Guide
A thorough yet basic sourdough starter guide that will yield you a viable sourdough starter that is ready to bake with in just 7 days!
How to Make a Sourdough Starter
Farmhouse on Boone
Learn how to make a sourdough starter recipe from scratch with just flour and water. This versatile ingredient can be used to make breads, cakes, cookies, and so much more.
Making an Incredible Sourdough Starter From Scratch in 7 Easy Steps
The Perfect Loaf
A step-by-step guide to making an incredible sourdough starter from scratch in 7 easy steps. Start baking sourdough bread at home with a new yeast starter!
Beginner Sourdough Starter Recipe
The Clever Carrotâ„¢
Looking for an easy, sourdough starter recipe for beginners? Follow my no-nonsense guide for practical tips, tricks, and ongoing care.
How to Make Sourdough Starter (From Scratch)
Earth Food and Fire
Learn how to make sourdough starter at home, and continue a centuries old tradition! This easy DIY guide covers everything you need to know to grow your own sourdough starter from scratch with no special ingredients.

Videos to help you make your starter from scratch

Frequently Asked Questions to help you make your own starter

Many bakers recommend a mixture of all-purpose flour and rye/whole wheat flour. The rye/whole wheat flour aids in fermentation due to its higher nutritional value.

It’s generally not advised to use tap water since it contains chlorine or chloramine, both of which inhibit fermentation. If your tap water contains chlorine (and not chloramine), you can remove most of the chlorine by leaving an uncovered jar or bowl of tap water out overnight.

Activity in the first few days may start and stop after initial activity as the bacteria composition changes. Continue to feed and discard according to plan and ensure the starter is placed in a warm environment to ensure optimal conditions for an active starter.

Etsy Shops with Excellent Reviews Selling Dehydrated Sourdough Starters

225+ Year Old French Sourdough Starter (Natural Historic Sourdough Bread Yeast)
233yr Old San Francisco Sourdough Starter
Dehydrated Sourdough Starter - Florence