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How to make dried sourdough bread starter flakes

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Sourdough Bread Starter Flakes

Have you ever owned your own sourdough starter before, used it for a while and then wished that you could press “pause” on it?  Well, you could put your starter in the back of your refrigerator, but most people forget about it for way too long and it grows mold and then ends up getting thrown away.

As far as gift-giving goes, it’s also not nice to give people something that is a burden to the receiver and requires immediate extra labor or expense, like a puppy for example… OR some active sour dough starter.   So, gifting the dried version of your starter gives them plenty of time to get around to using it.  Up to 10 years actually!

*Some people will suggest that you just slather it all over some parchment paper and leave it to air dry for a few days.  While this is possible and I’ve done it this way, it’s also more likely to grow mold (depending on the humidity) and gather random dust particles.  The results are just too questionable for me.   So, what about your oven?  Well, even on it’s lowest setting, placing it in your oven to dry will be too hot and quickly kills the starter.

Here’s how I do it using a dehydrator and a fruit roll-up tray:

1. Start with a very active and healthy batch of starter.   Be sure to only use a dehydrator that has settings for “fan only” or for a very low temperature (less than 80 degrees).

dehydrator, tray, and starter

2.  Spread about 1/2 cup of the starter out onto the fruit-roll up tray using the back of a spoon to make sure it is thin and evenly spread out.

spread out starter

3.  Place tray onto the tallest rack of the dehydrator (furthest from the heat).

wet starter in dehydrator

4.  Set to “fan only” or for low heat (must be no more than 80 degrees or it will kill the starter).

dehydrator dial

5.  Allow to run for 12 hours.  Remove tray and break up the mostly dried pieces and turn the pieces upside down.  Place the tray back into dehydrator for another 4-6 hours.

6.  Remove the tray and collect the pieces of starter in to an airtight container or plastic bag.  Label and date.

7.  Tie with a pretty bow.  Add a card with instructions for reviving and using.

Click to download this free printable instruction card here:

Instructions for rehydrating dried sourdough starter


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