Thursday, April 22, 2010

Bob > My Baby Sourdough Starter

Today I created life. Well, sort of. I made a sourdough starter! Yay!

I know, I know, not the best photos. But hopefully Bob will soon produce some pretty bread.

I've been thinking about doing it for a little while, especially after reading Mr Humble's guest post at Not So Humble Pie. I wasn't going to do it. I was just thinking that maybe I should be thinking about doing it. But today, I was making rice (as we Asians do) and was struck with what is hopefully an ingenious idea. Why not use that milky, cloudy rice water in a sourdough starter?

I've read up a little about sourdough starters (google, of course) and some recipes include pasta water, or potato starch. Why not rice water? It's definitely got starch, and apparently it's good for your plants, so why not for your yeasties? Please biology people don't prove me wrong...

I used a tall plastic screw top container, making sure the finished starter filled it by less than half (not hard, since it didn't even reach 1/3). All I put in was 100g bread flour, and 100g rice water. And that was it. Bob was born.

I will feed it like a good mummy over the next week. And then we shall see how my rice water idea panned out.


  1. I still think bob should be renamed: 'nooblet thrush' but Nooblet thinks it's a tad too explicit :P

  2. OMG bread!! will u make me some mummy, i love the idea of producing ur own er "bob"..please tell me why its called bob btw? and eeww jeff its so not thrush! cant u imagine that its like, nutritious face mask or something. it looks kinda like this rice moisturizing mask i have :P
    anyway awesome blog vicky <3

    amy xx

  3. haha thank you ams.
    I agree, it is most definitely NOT thrush!
    I called it Bob because Nooboy and I couldn't come up with anything better at the time. Also, I figured if it died, I could just make a new one and name is something cooler :)



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