If you find it difficult to throw away sourdough starter discard, here are some helpful tips on storing it, delicious recipes, and more creative uses.
Sourdough Starter Discard doesn’t have to be thrown out. Add that tang to some baked crackers or a soft texture to cake and cookies. You’ll find the recipes for these and more right here!
What is a sourdough bread starter?
Bread starter is a combination of flour and water that with time develops bacteria and wild yeast that gives bread its rise.
Can I make my own bread starter?
You can make your own starter and bake with it in less than 8 days. Our Overnight Sourdough Starter post will show you everything you need to know.
Why would you want to use a sourdough starter discard in recipes?
Reduce Waste – Discarding sourdough bread starter between feedings just feels like a waste doesn’t it?
How long can you store sourdough discard?
Many bakers just add the discard to a tub and keep it in the refrigerator if they use it routinely or planning on using it soon.
Sourdough discard doesn’t need to be fed but it does have a shelf life. If you see any mold or an orange or pink tinge, it’s gone bad and it’s time to throw it away. A foul odor can also indicate that it has gone bad and shouldn’t be used.
My advice is not to keep sourdough discard unless you know you will be using it. Don’t be a bread starter hoarder!
After feeding the stater, those little microbes go to town munching on the sugar provided in the new flour. Remember Pac Man? That’s what I envision.
The used sourdough starter loses its vigor once the food is depleted so it will not be sufficient for a beautiful loaf of bread unless it’s fed again but it still has enough energy to act as a leaven in baking goods that use baking powder or baking soda.
Sweet Sourdough Discard Recipes
Sourdough Chocolate Chip Cookies
Sourdough Chocolate Chip Cookies have a moist cake-like middle, slightly crispy outside, and delightful cookie flavor. This cookie recipe is the perfect way to use up your sourdough discard and treat your family.
It may seem like these sourdough morning glory muffins have lots of ingredients, but most, if not all, are basic pantry and kitchen staples! Lightly sweetened with honey and molasses, they’re a-ok for a hearty morning snack.
Easy and Quick Sourdough Donuts Recipe – The Gingered Whisk
This easy and quick sourdough donut recipe is the perfect way to use sourdough discard. Delicious donuts with a slight sourdough tang, these will become the favorite weekend breakfast for the sourdough lover!
The BEST Overnight Sourdough Waffles – House of Nash Eats
These fluffy-crisp Sourdough Waffles have the most amazing flavor and texture and are made with your sourdough discard so nothing goes to waste! The overnight batter is made in advance so there is hardly any work to do in the morning to enjoy fresh, hot waffles!