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Demystifying Sourdough – Everything You’ve Ever Wanted To Know About Sourdough Starter – Why It’s Better For You – And How To Start One

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The ultimate sourdough guide with common terms and troubleshooting tips.
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This is your ultimate guide to sourdough starter and becoming a super healthy sourdough baker extraordinaire!

Sourdough can seem like a daunting and intimidating baking challenge but I’m writing this guide to show you how easy it is.

I will explain what sourdough is, how it works, and how to make it work for you. If you ever feel intimidated during the sourdough process just try to remember that up until two hundred years ago, all leavened bread was made traditionally with wild yeast and bacteria (sourdough)!

My eighteen year old sourdough is my pride and joy. I bake with it at least once a week and it’s become a part of my family and part of my history and evolution as a chef.

I’ve recently made a commitment to only eat soaked and fermented grains for the rest of my life.

I know, that’s a big commitment!

What that means is that I now make my own breads, crackers, pancakes, waffles, biscuits, muffins, tortillas, pasta, pastry crust, cookies, cakes, English muffins, and quickbreads all with my trusty and very happy mother starter.

It is my mission to transform every recipe that uses wheat flour into a sourdough recipe.

You can see all of my sourdough recipes here.


She of the beautiful Sourdough baked goods from Butter For All

Beautiful Sourdough Baked Goods
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Page Guide

Page 1. Intro
Page 2. What Is Sourdough?
Page 3. Bread Terminology
Page 4. Why Eat Sourdough?
Page 5. Tools
Page 6. Starter Recipe
Page 7. Fresh Starter vs. Discard
Page 8. Starter Hydration & Feeding
Page 9. Favorite Recipes
Page 10. Troubleshooting Sourdough
Page 11.  Starter Insurance Policy
Page 12. Using Stale Bread
Page 13. Recipes You Don’t Want To Miss
Once you try this easy sourdough pie crust you will never go back. Fermented grains and real butter make this recipe a nourishing tradition.
Sweet And Buttery Sourdough Pie Crust - Traditionally Fermented For A Nourished Diet
Freshly fired, golden brown and crispy Parmesan and sourdough crusted chicken strips.
Parmesan And Sourdough Crusted Chicken Strips - Fried in Traditional Fat


Tuesday 27th of October 2020

Which is better, a dry starter or a live starter?

Butter For All

Thursday 5th of November 2020

Hi Sheena!

They will both work just fine. But if I wanted to start baking right away I would choose a live starter for convenience, it just a little quicker.

Good luck!



Wednesday 14th of October 2020

Okay, I have read and reread the recipe over and over and I think I just now figured out what I did. I used the entire amount of flour and water listed in the ingredients, instead of just the amount listed for day one. I guess I'll throw this out and start over. Ugh!🤦🏼

Butter For All

Thursday 15th of October 2020

No worries! It happens to all of us! Just save 100g from the original amount and carry on. No harm, no foul. :)


Tuesday 13th of October 2020

Hi Courtney! I just "caught" my starter this morning. This is my first time giving sourdough a try, and I thought your website and posts we're very well written and easy to understand. I was surprised by how much flour and water it took. 1100 grams each is a lot! It is all so much thicker than I expected it to be. I hope it all turns out! I have a question: what do you do about feeding after day 15? I'm considering taking your class to learn more. Thank you for your helpful posts.

Butter For All

Thursday 15th of October 2020

Hi Stacey!

I'm so excited for you, The 1100g each is the total amount over two weeks. So just scale down and continue on :) The class is a great idea, you will get so much from it! Here is the link for Saturday's class.

Hope to see you soon!


Cecilia G Fowler

Sunday 6th of September 2020

New to this....


Tuesday 15th of September 2020

@Butter For All, how do I find the starter class?

Butter For All

Monday 7th of September 2020

Hi Cecilia,

You should take my beginners class on September 18th!

I wish you the best of luck!



Sunday 30th of August 2020

Hi! I'm a newbie in sourdough and I really find this write up very interesting and helpful in my journey. Is it possible to get a copy of this article in PDF form? Thanks.

Butter For All

Tuesday 1st of September 2020

Hi E!

I don't have it in PDF at the moment, but you are not the first to ask so perhaps it's time for me to write a short ebook! If you join this class you will get a 30 page PDF with your purchase. That might be a good option for you until I have the time to put something together!