Making sourdough starter is super easy because it only takes a few simple ingredients: flour and water. With just a little bit of patience and these tips, you are gonna end up with a happy and healthy starter that’s going to make you some of the best tasting sourdough breads, pancakes, crackers, brownies, and more.
Mix ½ cup whole wheat flour with ½ cup water. Stir vigorously, loosely cover, then let sit for 24 hours
Add ½ cup all-purpose flour and ¼ cup water to a jar, and stir vigorously (you want the starter to have the consistency of thick pancake batter. If it is too thick, add more water.). Loosely cover, and let sit for another 24 hours. You should hopefully begin to see bubbles in your starter at this point, but if not, don’t give up yet.
Discard half of the starter, then feed again with ½ cup all-purpose flour and ¼ cup water. Stir, loosely cover, and let sit 24 hours.
Keep repeating Step 3 until the starter doubles within 4-6 hours of you feeding it. If you still aren’t seeing any bubbles after several days of this process, it’s probably best to dump out and start over.
Once the starter is bubbly, active, and doubling consistently after each daily feeding, it’s ready to use in your recipes!