|Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)|
|Servings: 6 to 8|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 2g||2%|
|Saturated Fat 0g||2%|
|Total Carbohydrate 24g||9%|
|Dietary Fiber 2g||7%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
Potato sourdough starter produces a milder sourdough bread than the stronger rye or wheat starters. This starter is also inexpensive to make, using only three medium potatoes. The bread flour can be replaced with all-purpose, wheat, or rye flour, making it a flexible recipe that can be pulled together easily. What’s best about this potato sourdough starter is that you restart it every two weeks, preventing the yeast from becoming too sour; you can also restart the starter from scratch or by using a cup of the original starter.
When making sourdough bread, remember that 1 cup of potato sourdough starter can be used in place of 1 package active dry yeast.
- 3 medium potatoes
- 4 cups water
- 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast (or one 0.25-ounce packet)
- 1 cup warm water
- 1 cup bread flour
- 1/3 cup white sugar
- 1 1/2 tablespoons salt
Gather the ingredients.
Peel and cube the potatoes.
In a large pot, boil the potatoes in 4 cups of water until soft, about 30 minutes.
Set a colander over a large bowl and drain the potatoes. You’ll use both the potato water and the potatoes in the starter, so be sure to reserve the potato water.
Return the potatoes to the pot and mash using a potato masher or immersion blender.
Add the mashed potatoes to the potato water. Stir and set aside to cool until lukewarm.
Stir in the yeast and warm water.
Mix in the bread flour, sugar, and salt.
Cover the bowl with a clean kitchen towel and let it sit for 24 hours at room temperature.
Pour the starter into a large jar or 2 smaller jars, cover, and store in the refrigerator until ready to use in your favorite sourdough bread recipe. Enjoy.
- Use the starter in sourdough recipes within two weeks. At the end of two weeks, make a new starter from scratch, or follow the starter directions, replacing the dry yeast with 1 cup of leftover starter.
- You can also store in large plastic containers in the refrigerator.