A few days ago I thought I needed to find some time to make bread, so I pulled the sour dough starter out of the fridge and got it going with a flour feed. One of the down sides to sour dough making for me, is the spare starter you end up with when you take half out to add more flour ( sour dough starter link here) Then I had a wee thought, why not pass some of it on. Over the years people have shared bits and pieces with me as well as their knowledge on various home making ideas, I though maybe it would be a way of saying thank you to all those people past and present who had freely given. So I posted on a forum I had some to give away and then I went more local and posted on my local Freeycle site- well blow me down I was swamped by people who had always wanted to make bread, or people who had already made bread, the thing all these people had in common was their desire to learn and the fact they thought making a starter was scary. Well so did I when I first started a year or so ago, I was terrified I was going to poison someone but I persevered and I found it to be so easy and it is part of my life now.
After sorting through the emails and sending links to sour dough sites, I had a list of people who now had decided to try making it on there own and another list who wanted some help. There were more replies than I had left over starter so Thursday night I went into the kitchen and divided up my starter into jars, feed them and covered them all with muslin.
I am really lucky that my starter is very active so on Friday morning I woke to several jars of beautifully bubbly brew lined up in my bench. Now I am by no means a teachie type person, but I manages as the queue of people moved through my kitchen during the course of yesterday, they had a basic understanding of the process, a photocopy of the instructions and there own jar of starter and an invitation to email me if they got stuck. I really wish them lots of success.
It was kind of nice to have a few emails waiting for me this morning from people who were as excited as I was that first time - when the fermentation starts to happen in their own kitchens. One couple said they couldn't wait to pass it on as well.. and what a blessing that was to read.
I even found some time to make a few loaves of sour dough bread, and made sour dough pancakes for the kids for lunch... they were such a hit there was a kitchen encore for breakfast...Here are a few photos, because if your like me, I love to see photos of whats going on....
Sour Dough Pancakes
They are smelling kind of nice right now.