When you are getting ready to make some sourdough bread, don't throw out your sourdough discard! These sourdough discard recipes all make amazing use of your leftover starter! From muffins, to pasta, to quick breads, to pita bread, this is the ultimate guide to sourdough discard recipes!
Baking with your leftover sourdough starter is a great way to reduce waste but also to add a lot of flavor and rise to your baked goods. This list has a great recipe that is ready for anyone to put their starter to good use!
What is Sourdough Discard?
Sourdough discard is the portion of sourdough starter that you are not feeding. When you are "feeding" your starter to make bread with, you add equal parts flour, water, and starter to a mason jar and let it rise.
You can't feed your entire starter, as it doubles and sometimes triples in size, and that's a lot of starter to have on hand! If you are new to sourdough, be sure to check out how to keep a sourdough starter post all about how to keep your sourdough starter happy.
Sourdough Starter vs. Sourdough Discard
Active sourdough starter has been fed with water and flour and is bubbly and active. The wild yeast has formed and is ready to make a loaf of bread rise. You do not need any other leavening agents when you use active sourdough starter.
Sourdough discard is the portion of your starter that you are not feeding. The unfed sourdough starter should be kept in an airtight container or a large mason jar.
How Long Can You Keep Sourdough Discard?
You can keep your sourdough starter at room temperature on the counter for a day or two, and then you either need to feed it, or keep it in a mason jar in the refrigerator. Once it is in the refrigerator, you can keep it for weeks. There will likely be a thin layer of liquid on the top of the sourdough starter after a few weeks, and that is ok. Just drain the liquid and continue to keep it in the refrigerator.
I like King Arthur unbleached all purpose flour or bread flour. You want a high quality flour for best results.
Yes! If there is mold growing on the sourdough starter, throw it out and start again.
What Can You Make With Sourdough Starter?
You can add sourdough starter to most of your baked goods. It can be added to any delicious dessert and add a little bit of tang and a little more rise. Here are some of the best ways to add part of your starter to some delicious baked goods!
- Sourdough Pizza Crust
- Sourdough Pie Crust
- Cheesy Sourdough Discard Crackers
- Lemon and Poppy seed Sourdough Muffins
- Blueberry Sourdough Muffins
- Sourdough Snickerdoodles
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