7 Days to a Sourdough Starter

7 Days to a Sourdough Starter

7 Days to a Sourdough Starter



Sourdough is a healthier option for all my bread loving friends. It is oddly satisfying to make it completely from scratch as well. Bonus it’s really not hard- lol!


Contrary to popular belief, starting your own sourdough is relatively easy.

First select a high protein flour, around 12 grams of protein is a good number. I personally use King Arthur unbleached, unbrominated, non-GMO flour. It has 11 grams of protein and none of the yuck!

You will also want good water. I use reverse osmosis water but you could use distilled or Berkey water too.

Then grab a kitchen scale. Weighing out your ingredients is the best way to have the perfect amount of everything you need and get the best sourdough starter started. 😉

 

Day 1 is simple

Measure out 4 oz of water and 4 oz of flour.

Mix them together in a 1/2 gallon mason jar covered.

Store above the refrigerator.

Allow to sit undisturbed until day 2


 

Day 2

 

Grab your mason jar!

Is yours starting to bubble?

You might not notice too much yet but you will!

Today you will be adding:

4 oz water &  4 oz flour

Mix it well.

Cover and store above the refrigerator.

Done!

Day 3

 Here we go again!

Add:

4 oz of water & 4 oz of flour

Mix together, cover and store above the fridge

 

Day 4

 

Add:

4 oz water

4 oz flour

Mix well, cover, and store above the fridge.

How is your starter looking? Do you see some growth?


Day 5

 

Grab your scale!

Add:

4 oz water

4 oz flour

Mix it up, cover it, and place it above the fridge or warm area fermentation.

 

 

Day 6

 

Add:

4 oz water

4 oz flour

Mix it up, cover it and store it in a warm area (above the fridge works well)

You should be noticing some growth and lots of bubbles!!


Day 7

 

Add:

4 oz water

4 oz flour

Mix it up, cover it and store it in a warm area for another 6-12 hours.


It is now ready to use!! You can take some out for your first batch of goodies or put in the fridge to store until you are ready to use it.

When you are ready to make something, remove from the refrigerator, allow to sit at room temperature for a minimum of 4-6 hours(sometimes longer depending on the recipe)

Every week you will take your sourdough starter out and feed it. This is a super simple- add 4 oz of water and 4 oz of flour. I like to take mine out for a few hours before and after feeding it to allow it to ferment a bit as well.

What are you going to make first?

Do you want, in my honest opinion, the best Sourdough Bread recipe ever? Click here and check it out!

 

God Bless! 

Amanda

Sourdough Bread

Sourdough Bread

Sourdough Bread


You have made your starter and are ready to make your bread! Are you excited? I’m excited!!


So here we go…


What do you need:

  • Sourdough Starter

  • Purified water

  • Flour

  • Oil(I prefer olive but you could use coconut or vegetable oil)

  • Kosher or Himalayan salt

  • Vessel (banneton/wok/glass bowl) to use for the final rise

  • Dutch oven or ceramic casserole dish



Step One:

Making your sponge(new word for all the sourdough newbies!!) which is a preferment for your bread. You want to have it sit for at least a couple of hours or overnight.


Pour 3.5 oz of starter into a bowl. Add in 3.5 oz of purified water and mix well. Then fold in 3.5 oz flour. Cover and allow to sit for a few hours or overnight. This creates your sponge.


Step Two:

Add 8 oz of water and 1 Tbsp of olive oil to your sponge and whisk. Put the whisk away after this so you are not tempted to whisk in the following ingredients.

Add in 16 oz of flour and 1 ½ tsp of kosher salt. Use a wooden spoon handle to incorporate completely. Don’t forget to scrape the sides of the bowl down as you mix it.


At first, it seems too wet and then to dry but do not add any additional flour or water because these measurements are exact. Once it is mixed, cover the bowl and allow it to rise for 45 minutes. 


Step Three: 

Uncover your dough and give it a quick fold. You will want to make sure your fingers are wet so that it doesn’t stick to them. Folding the dough in quickly and in the same direction works the best so that it doesn’t stick to your fingers. If it does start to stick you can just wet your fingers again. Put it back in the bowl, cover and allow to rise for another 45 minutes.


Step Four:

Butter the vessel that you will use for the final rise. Once your timer goes off, you will take out from the bowl and do the final fold. Remember to add water to your fingers and fold the dough quickly. Once you are done, you will gently flip the dough into the vessel for the final 60-minute rise. Before you cover the dough, sprinkle it with flour so that it doesn’t stick to the towel. Preheat your oven to 430* F. 


Step Five:

30 minutes into your dough rising, preheat your vessel. If you are using a dutch oven, you will need about 30 minutes to heat it. If you are using a casserole dish, it takes about 15 minutes. Put your baking dish into the oven for the allotted time before your 60-minute rise is finished. Once the dutch oven is preheated, remove it from the oven and gently flip your dough into the cast iron pot. Put the lid on the top and return it to the oven to bake for 30 minutes. Remove the lid and allow to bake uncovered for an additional 3-5 minutes.


Step Six:

Take the bread out of the oven and remove it from the dutch oven. Allow to cool and enjoy.


It is the best fresh out of the oven with a slab of butter...yum!!


God Bless!
Amanda

Why Sourdough?

Why Sourdough?
Sourdough bread… can you picture it? Fresh baked, just out of the oven. Slap a hunk of butter on it and watch it start to melt…sooooo good!
 
So why sourdough? What makes it better than other breads?
 
Well for starters, it's fermented. This gives it the prebiotic and probiotic benefits which are something we want to maintain a healthy gut. The naturally occurring yeast that is in wheat comes out when we mix the flour with some water and allow it to ferment at room temperature. As it ferments, it grows a culture that is similar to the culture found in yogurt (lactobacillus if we want to get all scientific). We “feed” our starter over the course of a week and allow that culture to grow. Once we have a good starter, we are ready to start making all of the sourdough goodies. You can make bread(obviously), as well as pizza, pancakes, buns and so much more.
 
Some of the additional benefits of sourdough are that you get more vitamins, minerals & antioxidants that your body can more readily absorb because of the fermentation process. It also makes gluten more digestible. This is super helpful for those with gluten sensitivities. It also tends to stay with you longer, meaning that you will be fuller for a longer period of time. The flour is soaked in the process of making sourdough bread(while you are letting it rest), so it does noes not cause the blood sugars to jump as regular bread does.
 
So now how hard is it to make this beloved sourdough? Well, first you need a starter(hope over to my Facebook group and follow along with our 7-day challenge). The starter is a fairly simple process that only takes a few minutes every day for 7 days and a few supplies. Grab yourself a kitchen scale, a mason jar, flour, and water, and you are ready to go. Once you have your starter, you are ready to start making all the sourdough goodness your family can handle.
 
Are you in? If you are ready to get started, hop on over to our Facebook community to start the 7 Day Sourdough Starter Challenge. Your family will thank you later, I promise!
 
God Bless!
 Amanda

What is Homeopathy & how do you use it?

What is Homeopathy & how do you use it?

So once upon a time, we were a family with occasional and sometimes daily issues. We almost didn't even notice how unhealthy we were until we started feeling so much better. We thought that it was normal to take medications every single day and that the little things that make life uncomfortable were normal. In walked homeopathy.

Homeopathy is the therapeutic method that uses highly diluted natural substances like flowers, minerals, and more, to relieve symptoms and not just cover them up. It was founded by Samuel Hahnemann in 1796. It operates under the premise that a substance that causes symptoms of a disease in healthy people would cure similar symptoms in sick people; this doctrine is called similia similibus curentur, or "like cures like".

In homeopathy, you use remedies. These remedies are made using homeopathic dilution. In this process, a chosen substance is repeatedly and thoroughly diluted. The diluted substance is then given on an as-needed base, not necessarily every 4-6 hours but as the body needs it. This is sometimes one of the hardest concepts for most people to process just because we are so used to the exact opposite.

I love the fact that I can give a remedy once and watch it work without the side effects that we had with OTC/pharmaceutical options. It has been an amazing addition to my mama toolbox! If you are looking for a quick kit to get started or you want an amazing travel kit this is the one we use. It has 36 of the most commonly used remedies, a nice little instructions booklet that allows you to look up the remedy or the issue and a perfect little carrying case that you can fit into your purse or diaper bag.

This is a quick low down on what homeopathy is and how we use it. 

Have you tried homeopathy? Are you wanting to learn more? 
Join my Free Facebook community to learn more about homeopathy and natural living  https://bit.ly/WhollyHealthyMamas 

God Bless!
Amanda 

No Bake Energy Bites

No Bake Energy Bites
When we look at the grocery store, premade bars and snacks can be expensive and loaded with things that we might not really want in our home.

Energy bites are a favorite, quick snack(sometimes even a quick meal on the go) in our home.

The nice part about them is that this is a base recipe meaning that you can add in your favorite protein powder or swap out chocolate chips for nuts or raisins or even a healthy candy-coated chocolate :) 

So lets get to it!
No-Bake Evergy Bites
* 1 cup organic rolled oats
* 2/3 cup organic shredded coconut flakes(unsweetened because the sweetened is loaded with things we don't want or need)
* 1/2 cup creamy nut butter(we prefer peanut butter)
* 1/2 cup ground flaxseed(healthy fiber or add in some protein powder)
* 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips(this can be left out or you can change it for something fun10
* 1/3 cup honey(raw is what we use)
* 1 Tbsp chia seeds(optional but so good that I think you should add it :) )
* 1 tsp vanilla extract

Go ahead and add all of these ingredients to a bowl and mix well!
We tend to make a 3x-4x a normal batch but we are feeding a small army plus they keep well in the freezer.
Once they are mixed well, you can roll or scoop them into 1 inch balls. 
Place them on a cookie sheet(I line mine with parchment paper for easy clean up) and freeze them for 3-4 hours. 
Then store in a ziplock baggie in the refrigerator or freezer for up to 6 months.
Okay, I literally laughed out loud because I am lucky if they last a week here!! 
So there you have it a healthy and super easy recipe everyone in your house will love!
Some fun additions that we like to add are essential oils like cinnamon bark, clove, nutmeg & ginger.
Be creative!

For all my visual learners, check out the video below(p.s. these are amazing for labor)

Please share ways that you make energy bites! I am always looking for new ideas!!

God Bless!
Amanda 

 
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