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“I understand the big food companies are developing a tearless onion. I think they can do it – after all, they’ve already given us tasteless bread.”

— Robert Orben

Some Disarded Sourdough Starter Recipes

Many methods of feeding sourdough, including some on our web page, have you feed your starter twice a day, discarding half the starter before you feed it. The reason for this is pretty simple - if you aren't using your starter and you feed it enough to double it in size twice a day, in 10 days you can go from a teaspoon of starter to a swimming pool full. And 12 hours later, you'll have two swimming pools full, really sore arms, and a truly annoyed neighbor.

As a result, there is a fair amount of interest in ways to do something with the discarded starter. One thing is to save it in another container, perhaps in the fridge, until you have enough to do something with. And this page is about those "somethings".

Before we get into that, this might be a good time to mention that there are ways of caring for a starter that have little, or no, wastage. We discussed that in a recent blog post and the Mike's (more or less) Weekly Baking Tips newsletter. (You can subscribe to the newsletter on our Subscribe page.) The article is in the 2019-08-12 Blog post.

Here are a few of our favorite sourdough discard recipes, we hope you enjoy them!

Blueberry Sourdough Muffins
Carrot Pineapple Sourdough Cupcakes
New itemLavash Crackers
Sourdough Pizza With Discarded Starter
New itemPancakes Made With Discarded Starter
New itemWaffles Made With Discarded Starter

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