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  •  Huh, interesting. (3+ / 0-)
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    JBL55, Noddy, glorificus

    I wonder if that would work for me. You can't swing a dead cat around here (should you be inclined to do such a thing) without hitting a vineyard though. Sounds like an experiment is in order!

    Where did you get your starters? Do you collect them yourself or swap with people?

    •  I begged most of them off (2+ / 0-)
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      heedolsi, glorificus

      of bakers in Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Russia, and Poland.  Two were trades. I do have one wild-caught Yeast Beastie from the vineyards in Arkansas.

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      by Noddy on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 06:00:04 PM PST

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      •  Noddy, how do you dehydrate your starters? (2+ / 0-)
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        This sounds like a really great idea.  I have had starters 'go away' on me (go to live on Grandpa's farm?) because I suddenly got busy/had to leave town/got sick and the starter got forgotten.  I would love to be able to dehydrate it to save for another time.

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        by petesmom on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 06:37:36 PM PST

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        •  How to dehydrate a Yeast Beastie (4+ / 0-)

          1. Feed your starter and leave her at room temperature for 24 hours.
          2. Stir in the hooch that forms.
          3. Spread a paper thin layer of starter onto plastic wrap and let her dry completely (up to 2 days).
          4. Break her into flakes and store her in airtight containers (I vacuum seal mine in small bags).

          I recommend doing this just in case your starter is accidentally killed (she got too hot, or so badly contaminated you couldn’t cure her). Keep the dried starter in the refrigerator. She will keep for years in a cool dark dry place – millennia even, as Onuri-Ufa demonstrates - a culture recovered from an archaeological dig at the Giza pyramid.

          I wrote a diary of sourdough care with more information - practically everything I know about sourdough care.

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          by Noddy on Wed Feb 27, 2013 at 05:51:25 AM PST

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          •  Thanks so much (0+ / 0-)

            I've saved this and your previous diary to my recipe folder.

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            by petesmom on Fri Mar 01, 2013 at 05:41:13 PM PST

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