Before you are able to begin making the fantastic bread known as sourdough you need to be able to capture the wild yeast that lives everywhere. Fortunately for us it is simple and easy to do. All you will need is some flour, water and a large jar to fit it in (don’t worry if the first one you choose is too small as you can transfer it during the process).
Make sure you jar is clean and then add ¾ of a cup of flour and half a cup of water. Stir this mixture so that it is combined and cover the jar loosely with gladwrap. Leave this in a safe and slightly warm environment (I left mine on top of the fridge).
Add ¾ of a cup of flour and half a cup of water daily. Stir the mixture each time so that it is combined and cover the jar loosely with gladwrap.
The mixture over the week will begin to bubble and rise. Don’t be afraid as this is the wild yeast being caught and starting to develop. The mixture will also take on an acidic smell. This is also nothing to be concerned about; in fact the opposite as this is what helps the bread have a great flavour and taste.
Below are some pictures of my sourdough starting the next step of the process to become bread