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Feeding a Starter

Sourdough starter, like any living organism, needs food to live.  As bakers, we add flour and water to our starter and call that “feeding the starter”. There are as many ways to feed a starter as there are sourdough bakers, maybe more.  There are a number of signficant things that happen when we feed the …

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Preferment is a general term for something – usually fermenting – that is done before the final dough is mixed. The first preferment was sourdough. Later preferments include autolyse, bigas, old dough, sponges, and poolish. Baker folklore suggest that the preferments were developed after the introduiction of reliable bakers yeast in the mid to late …

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