Sourdough – Struggles & Successes

This is a post about opportunities missed and then redeemed.

I need to be ok with not being my perfect version of myself that I have in my head. I think that’s true for all of us.

I am busy.

Always.

Also, I like sourdough.

Also, I hate wasting food. And time. And money.

Sourdough takes time. And planning.

I have the best of intentions with regards to keeping up with my sourdough-making. sometimes I even have a great rhythm going for a while, and I feel really efficient and productive.

Other times, however, I get way off course, thanks to my crazy busy schedule. My sourdough starter sits in a bowl on the counter, untouched, for days.

I feed it.

It gets happy and bubbly and ready to use.

But then I get busy, too much time passes, and the happy active state wanes to a more lethargic one.

An opportunity missed.

It sits for another few days as time passes and I run from obligation to obligation…

The starter that was once bubbly and puffy is now crusty and sunken-in. Sad.

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This makes me very frustrated. I feel like a planning-ahead failure.

Plus, as you may be aware, feeding sourdough properly also increases the volume, so if I keep feeding it without using it to bake with, it will get way out of control!

Yesterday I was faced with just about four cups worth of starter that was NOT ready to make bread with. I really wanted to make bread, but I didn’t feel like feeding another two cups of starter…

Fortunately, there are a number of recipes that you can make with JUST starter! That way, you can use up your unruly, unhappy starter, and make yummy things at the same time! Win-win!

I decided to make a big batch of yummy waffles (2 c. starter) and a pizza dough (1.5 cups starter) and ended up with only half a cup of starter leftover!

Victory!

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Pictured: pizza dough (big bowl), only 1/2 c. of starter left (little bowl), and my now-empty measuring cup!

These waffles are delicious – we make them frequently on weekends. Here they are, topped with coconut whipped cream and strawberries. Mmmmm!

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Mike’s looked much prettier than mine, but I decided that I liked mine messy.

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For the record, coconut whipped cream is fantastic, and there’s SO much you can do with it! If you add some cocoa powder and a little sweetener, it makes frosting shots. 🙂

Oh, one more note on sourdough: I discovered that when it dries out (note the crusty overflowed sourdough residue below), you can chip off the dried starter and save it for later. Then, when you want to use it, you can reconstitute it and feed it and it will come back to life! So cool!

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I have only ever done this accidentally, but I’m sure you could do it on purpose too, maybe in a dehydrator?

So, don’t fret if you are feeling like a failure or like your life is getting out of control. When life hands you lemons, you make lemonade. When life hands you dried-up sourdough starter, make waffles and pizza! 🙂