Sourdough Information and Process

  • How to Fix a Sluggish Sourdough Starter

    How to Fix a Sluggish Sourdough Starter
    Overfeeding a sourdough starter can be beneficial because it provides an abundance of food for the culture, which can increase it's activity and fermentation.  Just like people, your sourdough starter can be extra hungry -- especially in times where there is higher fermentation rates. This is particularly helpful when you notice that your sourdough starter isn't as active as it once was.  When you overfeed a starter, the culture will multiply more quickly, leading to a stronger and more active starter.
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  • Health Benefits of Sourdough Bread

    Health Benefits of Sourdough Bread

    Sourdough bread has been enjoyed for centuries, and for good reason. Not only is it delicious, but it also offers a variety of health benefits. Here are just a few of the reasons why sourdough bread is good for you.   Not only does it have a unique, tangy flavor, but it's also better for your health than commercial bread.

    Plain and simple, sourdough bread is easier to digest. The fermentation process that occurs when making sourdough bread breaks down the gluten and phytic acid, making it easier for our bodies to digest. This is especially beneficial for those with gluten sensitivities.

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  • What are Stretch and Folds?

    What are Stretch and Folds?

    So what exactly are Sourdough stretch and folds? ? When this technique is used correctly, it will not only strengthen gluten development in sourdough bread, but it will also add air into your dough without traditional kneading.

    Typically I suggest doing stretch and folds a number of times, especially when making a boule.  This process is completed after the mixing stage, during what we call the bulk ferment stage. 

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  • Sourdough Basics - Sourdough 101

    Sourdough Basics - Sourdough 101
    Sourdough is just a fancy term that means naturally leavening bread without the use of commercial yeast.   To get started is really quite simple with few things needed.  The most important part of your sourdough journey is having a reliable starter that has strength and activity to rise bread.  This is where we come in.  Enter Summit Sourdough and our amazing 125 year old heirloom starter.
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