Monday, July 21, 2014

UPDATE: Wasatch Willy's Great Salt Lake Sourdough Starter

Order ONE single Sourdough Starter below and I will include a second starter for FREE. The FREE starter will either be Alaska Sam's or Best Damn Alaskan Sourdough Starter. Limit ONE free starter per customer. (Does not include the Super 7 Bundle).

There is nothing quite like sourdough bread and I would like to introduce you to my latest sourdough starter, Wasatch Willy's Sourdough Starter. The flavor is somewhere between Valentina's and Alaska Sam's.

Update 7/22/2014 - When activating Wasatch Willy's Sourdough starter it smells exactly like Babo's San Francisco Starter. I have not tested Willy's under a microscope but the flavor is nearly identical. I can't call it a San Francisco Sourdough Starter because it's not from San Francisco such as Babo's or Valentina's. It was created from grapes grown in Syracuse, Utah which is on the shores of the Great Salt Lake.

Wasatch Willy's Sourdough Bread

1 Cup Wasatch Willy's Starter
3 Cups Room Temp Bottled Water
2 Teaspoons Salt
6-8 Cups Bread Flour

Mix the starter and water together for a minute, add the salt and then start adding the flour until the dough comes clean from the side of the mixing bowl. Let the mixer run for 5 minutes.

Place the dough into a large greased bowl and place in a cool spot for 12-24 hours. 

Lightly spray a baking sheet with oil and sprinkle with corn meal.

Form the dough into balls pulling from the sides and pinching at the bottom until the sides of the ball start to tear apart and place onto the baking sheet. Makes two medium or 4 small bowls. Let rise two hours.

Place your oven racks on the bottom two settings. Place a cast iron frying pan on the bottom rack. Pre-heat the oven to 450 F (230 C).  Boil 2 cups water and pour into the frying pan just before placing the bread in the oven. Place the bread in the oven and set your timer for 55 minutes. Lower the oven temperature to 400 F (205 C). Check the bread at the 45 minute mark. It should be just starting to turn brown. 

Remove the bread from the oven and place on a cooling rack and wait at least 15 minutes before serving. The bread is still cooking internally.







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My Sourdough Starters
In early 2013 I started selling a San Francisco Sourdough Starter, Valentina's, which I obtained while in the US Army stationed at the Presidio of San Francisco in 1978. Since then I have extended my starters to an old family starter from San Francisco which I have named after my Grandmother whom I affectionately called, Babo. I also created a non-sourdough starter (Tara) for use in normal bread recipes and it works fantastically. I have two Alaskan Starters as well, Alaska Sam's and Best Damn Alaskan Sourdough Starter, both of which are good and sour. 

A friend gave me an old Mormon Pioneer Sourdough Starter which came across the plains in the 1800's which I call, Parley's. 

My favorite starter is named after me, Wasatch Willy. It's made from locally obtained wild yeasts and is a real crowd pleaser. Everyone who has tried it really likes it.

All orders include:
  • Two packets of dried starter. The one you order and one other at my discretion. Usually Alaska Sams or the other Alaskan starter. Limit one free starter per customer and does not include the Super 7 bundles.
  • Activation Instructions with recipes
  • Jar Label
Shipping Rates
All Prices include shipping. The US Post Office recently raised rates and so I have had to modify my prices slightly. I ship First Class mail. Orders are shipped in a #10 envelope. 

Where Do I ship to:
I will ship to anywhere in the United States or Canada. 


Questions: Call us at 801-784-8090 Monday - Friday 10am to 4pm Mountain Time.

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Super 7 Bundle
Includes all seven of my starters: Tara, Valentina, Babo, Alaska Sam, Best Damn Alaskan, Parley's and Wasatch Willy's. Recipes, instructions, labels and starter packets included.



Select Your Country:
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Alaska Sam's Sourdough Starter
Comes from my buddy, Sam, by way of Alaska. Medium Sour.



Select Your Country:
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Best Damn Alaskan Sourdough Starter
From another friend up in Alaska who prefers to remain nameless. This has the potential to be very sour. 




Select Your Country:
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Babo's San Francisco Sourdough Starter
Named after my grandmother. Her real name was Bertha and at the turn of the Twentieth century she was a little Swiss German girl living in San Francisco at the time of the Big Quake. Back then the San Francisco Sourdough was not such a closely guarded secret as it is today. This is a very fickle starter and requires attention to detail. It requires proofing at a lower temperature and then a higher temp due to the dual nature of the starter.




Select Your Country:
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Parley's Pioneer Sourdough Starter
This one came across the plains with the early Mormon pioneers. Very rustic. Mildly Sour.




Select Your Country:
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Tara's Organic Natural Yeast
Made from organic Dark Rye flour. Perfect for all bread recipes where fast acting yeast is used. Rise times are about four hours. This is NOT a sourdough starter but is instead a yeast replacement. Makes great Whole Wheat Bread. Recipe Included.




Select Your Country:
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Valentina's Authentic San Francisco Sourdough Starter
I got this from a friend in the late 70's while living in San Francisco. It's more of a traditional Italian starter and not your typical San Francisco fare but it does make a terrific bread that does come close to the taste of original San Francisco without the hassle of Babo's.




Select Your Country:
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Wasatch Willy's Sourdough Starter
Simply the best sourdough starter I have ever used. Made it myself from local wild yeasts. Absolutely delicious. Just sour enough. Tastes very similar to a good San Francisco Sourdough but it comes from the valleys of Utah. It is a good and lively natural Sourdough Yeast.




Select Your Country:
 
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Sunday, July 20, 2014

San Francisco Sourdough Starter

A true San Francisco Sourdough Starter is unique because it contains two organisms that contribute to the unique flavor associated with San Francisco Sourdough. One organism thrives at a lower temperature and the other at a higher temp which means it requires a long fermentation at around 60-65 degrees F and then a rise at 80-85 degrees F for about two hours.

If you are feeling bold and daring you can try Babo's San Francisco Sourdough Starter otherwise any of my other starters will produce excellent results as well. My other two favorites are Wasatch Willy's and Best Damn Alaskan Sourdough starters. 
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My Sourdough Starters

In early 2013 I started selling a San Francisco Sourdough Starter, Valentina's, which I obtained while in the US Army stationed at the Presidio of San Francisco in 1978. Since then I have extended my starters to an old family starter from San Francisco which I have named after my Grandmother whom I affectionately called, Babo. I also created a non-sourdough starter (Tara) for use in normal bread recipes and it works fantastically. I have two Alaskan Starters as well, Alaska Sam's and Best Damn Alaskan Sourdough Starter, both of which are good and sour. 

A friend gave me an old Mormon Pioneer Sourdough Starter which came across the plains in the 1800's which I call, Parley's. 

My favorite starter is named after me, Wasatch Willy. It's made from locally obtained wild yeasts and is a real crowd pleaser. Everyone who has tried it really likes it.

All orders include:
  • Two packets of dried starter. The one you order and one other at my discretion. Usually Alaska Sams or the other Alaskan starter. Limit one free starter per customer and does not include the Super 7 bundles.
  • Activation Instructions with recipes
  • Jar Label
Shipping Rates
All Prices include shipping. The US Post Office recently raised rates and so I have had to modify my prices slightly. I ship First Class mail. Orders are shipped in a #10 envelope. 

Where Do I ship to:
I will ship to anywhere in the United States or Canada. 


Questions: Call us at 801-784-8090 Monday - Friday 10am to 4pm Mountain Time.
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Super 7 Bundle
Includes all seven of my starters: Tara, Valentina, Babo, Alaska Sam, Best Damn Alaskan, Parley's and Wasatch Willy's. Recipes, instructions, labels and starter packets included.



Select Your Country:
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Alaska Sam's Sourdough Starter
Comes from my buddy, Sam, by way of Alaska. Medium Sour.



Select Your Country:
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Best Damn Alaskan Sourdough Starter
From another friend up in Alaska who prefers to remain nameless. This has the potential to be very sour. 




Select Your Country:
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Babo's San Francisco Sourdough Starter
Named after my grandmother. Her real name was Bertha and at the turn of the Twentieth century she was a little Swiss German girl living in San Francisco at the time of the Big Quake. Back then the San Francisco Sourdough was not such a closely guarded secret as it is today. This is a very fickle starter and requires attention to detail. It requires proofing at a lower temperature and then a higher temp due to the dual nature of the starter.




Select Your Country:
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Parley's Pioneer Sourdough Starter
This one came across the plains with the early Mormon pioneers. Very rustic. Mildly Sour.




Select Your Country:
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Tara's Organic Natural Yeast
Made from organic Dark Rye flour. Perfect for all bread recipes where fast acting yeast is used. Rise times are about four hours. This is NOT a sourdough starter but is instead a yeast replacement. Makes great Whole Wheat Bread. Recipe Included.




Select Your Country:
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Valentina's Authentic San Francisco Sourdough Starter
I got this from a friend in the late 70's while living in San Francisco. It's more of a traditional Italian starter and not your typical San Francisco fare but it does make a terrific bread that does come close to the taste of original San Francisco without the hassle of Babo's.




Select Your Country:
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Wasatch Willy's Sourdough Starter
Simply the best sourdough starter I have ever used. Made it myself from local wild yeasts. Absolutely delicious. Just sour enough. Tastes very similar to a good San Francisco Sourdough but it comes from the valleys of Utah. It is a good and lively natural Sourdough Yeast.




Select Your Country:
 
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A Comment From A Customer

Hi Bill,

I just got started with your sourdough starter in June 2014.  I received two, and have only used one so far, the "Best Damn Alaskan" starter.  I'm having a lot of fun with it!  It took a few attempts of not so pretty loaves to get the knack of it (I think I was overproofing it so it wasn't getting much oven rise) but now I am getting taller loaves.  The toast is awesome--beautiful sourdough flavour!  I have this starter going in two jars, so I have a backup in case of a problem.  I also made sourdough pizza dough with it, which was delicious!

Attached please find some pics.  (The last picture is my best loaf yet, lol!) I have a batch going right now, will be baking bread tonight!  Can't wait... (7/14/2014)

Sincerely,
Laurel Harrington
Brechin, ON  Canada





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Click to see the book that Laurel is using. This is the updated version.


Friday, July 18, 2014

A Call For Sourdough Starters

A Call For Sourdough Starters

Do you have a sourdough starter with history you would not mind sharing? I am looking for any and all sourdough starters from anywhere and everywhere. Perhaps you have a starter thats been in your family for generations? If you are interested, or you know someone who might be interested, in sharing a starter, please drop me an email. 

My email is my+sour+dough+starters@gmail.com (remove the plus signs). 

Share your recipes too.

Several of my starters were shared over the years and my goal is to become the largest repository of starters anywhere in the world. If you share a starter all I ask is you all me to share it with others here on this blog. I offer starters at a real bargain of a price because I really love sourdough and this is really just a hobby for me and I make very little money in the process. What little profit I do make is spent on sourdough. It all goes right back into the hobby.


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My Sourdough Starters

In early 2013 I started selling a San Francisco Sourdough Starter, Valentina's, which I obtained while in the US Army stationed at the Presidio of San Francisco in 1978. Since then I have extended my starters to an old family starter from San Francisco which I have named after my Grandmother whom I affectionately called, Babo. I also created a non-sourdough starter (Tara) for use in normal bread recipes and it works fantastically. I have two Alaskan Starters as well, Alaska Sam's and Best Damn Alaskan Sourdough Starter, both of which are good and sour. 

A friend gave me an old Mormon Pioneer Sourdough Starter which came across the plains in the 1800's which I call, Parley's. 

My favorite starter is named after me, Wasatch Willy. It's made from locally obtained wild yeasts and is a real crowd pleaser. Everyone who has tried it really likes it.

All orders include:
  • Two packets of dried starter. The one you order and one other at my discretion. Usually Alaska Sams or the other Alaskan starter. Limit one free starter per customer and does not include the Super 7 bundles.
  • Activation Instructions with recipes
  • Jar Label
Shipping Rates
All Prices include shipping. The US Post Office recently raised rates and so I have had to modify my prices slightly. I ship First Class mail. Orders are shipped in a #10 envelope. 

Where Do I ship to:
I will ship to anywhere in the United States or Canada. 


Questions: Call us at 801-784-8090 Monday - Friday 10am to 4pm Mountain Time.
- - - - - - - - - -
Super 7 Bundle
Includes all seven of my starters: Tara, Valentina, Babo, Alaska Sam, Best Damn Alaskan, Parley's and Wasatch Willy's. Recipes, instructions, labels and starter packets included.



Select Your Country:
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Alaska Sam's Sourdough Starter
Comes from my buddy, Sam, by way of Alaska. Medium Sour.



Select Your Country:
- - - - - - - - - -
Best Damn Alaskan Sourdough Starter
From another friend up in Alaska who prefers to remain nameless. This has the potential to be very sour. 




Select Your Country:
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Babo's San Francisco Sourdough Starter
Named after my grandmother. Her real name was Bertha and at the turn of the Twentieth century she was a little Swiss German girl living in San Francisco at the time of the Big Quake. Back then the San Francisco Sourdough was not such a closely guarded secret as it is today. This is a very fickle starter and requires attention to detail. It requires proofing at a lower temperature and then a higher temp due to the dual nature of the starter.




Select Your Country:
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Parley's Pioneer Sourdough Starter
This one came across the plains with the early Mormon pioneers. Very rustic. Mildly Sour.




Select Your Country:
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Tara's Organic Natural Yeast
Made from organic Dark Rye flour. Perfect for all bread recipes where fast acting yeast is used. Rise times are about four hours. This is NOT a sourdough starter but is instead a yeast replacement. Makes great Whole Wheat Bread. Recipe Included.




Select Your Country:
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Valentina's Authentic San Francisco Sourdough Starter
I got this from a friend in the late 70's while living in San Francisco. It's more of a traditional Italian starter and not your typical San Francisco fare but it does make a terrific bread that does come close to the taste of original San Francisco without the hassle of Babo's.




Select Your Country:
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Wasatch Willy's Sourdough Starter
Simply the best sourdough starter I have ever used. Made it myself from local wild yeasts. Absolutely delicious. Just sour enough. Tastes very similar to a good San Francisco Sourdough but it comes from the valleys of Utah. It is a good and lively natural Sourdough Yeast.




Select Your Country:
 
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A Comment From A Customer

Hi Bill,

I just got started with your sourdough starter in June 2014.  I received two, and have only used one so far, the "Best Damn Alaskan" starter.  I'm having a lot of fun with it!  It took a few attempts of not so pretty loaves to get the knack of it (I think I was overproofing it so it wasn't getting much oven rise) but now I am getting taller loaves.  The toast is awesome--beautiful sourdough flavour!  I have this starter going in two jars, so I have a backup in case of a problem.  I also made sourdough pizza dough with it, which was delicious!

Attached please find some pics.  (The last picture is my best loaf yet, lol!) I have a batch going right now, will be baking bread tonight!  Can't wait... (7/14/2014)

Sincerely,
Laurel Harrington
Brechin, ON  Canada





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Click to see the book that Laurel is using. This is the updated version.


Monday, July 14, 2014

My Sourdough Starters Are Super Easy To Activate

My Sourdough Starters Are Super Easy To Activate

All of the starters offered here are very robust and are super easy to activate. When you order one of my Sourdough starters you get a packet of dried starter granules, a jar label and instructions with recipes. Six of the seven starters are actual sourdough starters and one is a natural yeast starter that is not sour and is meant for making bread and rolls.
What You Will Need
  • When activating a Sourdough Starter you need a large wide-mouth jar such as a quart Mason jar or I like to use a re-purposed 40 ounce peanut butter jar because the lid is wider.
  • You also need something to stir the starter with and I like to use the blunt end of a chopstick. 
  • Bottled Water
Step One:
In the morning, place half a cup of lukewarm bottled water into your quart sized jar. Pour the packet of Mister Sourdough Starter into the jar. Swirl the starter around in the water and let it sit for 15 minutes.

Step Two:
Pour half a cup of flour into the jar and stir. Later that evening, before you go to bed, add another ½ cup flour and water and stir. Place a lid on the jar but do not tighten because it is best to allow the starter to breathe. Place in a warm location. In the oven with the light on and the door closed will work as long as you do not forget it is there. A counter in the kitchen will work just as well as long long as the temperature is not colder than 72F. 75-80F is ideal.

Step Three:
The next morning, dump out half of your starter and add a cup of flour and  3/4 cup water, stir. Loosely cover the jar and place back in a warm spot. Repeat this step on a daily basis until the natural yeasts in the starter are thriving. This can take 1-3 days. For a normal feeding once the starter is doubling I usually leave half a cup of starter in the jar and add 160 grams water and 160 grams flour and stir.

Scroll down for a description of each starter with PayPal buttons for ordering.
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My Sourdough Starters

In early 2013 I started selling a San Francisco Sourdough Starter, Valentina's, which I obtained while in the US Army stationed at the Presidio of San Francisco in 1978. Since then I have extended my starters to an old family starter from San Francisco which I have named after my Grandmother whom I affectionately called, Babo. I also created a non-sourdough starter (Tara) for use in normal bread recipes and it works fantastically. I have two Alaskan Starters as well, Alaska Sam's and Best Damn Alaskan Sourdough Starter, both of which are good and sour. 

A friend gave me an old Mormon Pioneer Sourdough Starter which came across the plains in the 1800's which I call, Parley's. 

My favorite starter is named after me, Wasatch Willy. It's made from locally obtained wild yeasts and is a real crowd pleaser. Everyone who has tried it really likes it.

All orders include:
  • Two packets of dried starter. The one you order and one other at my discretion. Usually Alaska Sams or the other Alaskan starter. Limit one free starter per customer and does not include the Super 7 bundles.
  • Activation Instructions with recipes
  • Jar Label
Shipping Rates
All Prices include shipping. The US Post Office recently raised rates and so I have had to modify my prices slightly. I ship First Class mail. Orders are shipped in a #10 envelope. 

Where Do I ship to:
I will ship to anywhere in the United States or Canada. 


Questions: Call us at 801-784-8090 Monday - Friday 10am to 4pm Mountain Time.
- - - - - - - - - -
Super 7 Bundle
Includes all seven of my starters: Tara, Valentina, Babo, Alaska Sam, Best Damn Alaskan, Parley's and Wasatch Willy's. Recipes, instructions, labels and starter packets included.



Select Your Country:
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Alaska Sam's Sourdough Starter
Comes from my buddy, Sam, by way of Alaska. Medium Sour.



Select Your Country:
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Best Damn Alaskan Sourdough Starter
From another friend up in Alaska who prefers to remain nameless. This has the potential to be very sour. 




Select Your Country:
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Babo's San Francisco Sourdough Starter
Named after my grandmother. Her real name was Bertha and at the turn of the Twentieth century she was a little Swiss German girl living in San Francisco at the time of the Big Quake. Back then the San Francisco Sourdough was not such a closely guarded secret as it is today. This is a very fickle starter and requires attention to detail. It requires proofing at a lower temperature and then a higher temp due to the dual nature of the starter.




Select Your Country:
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Parley's Pioneer Sourdough Starter
This one came across the plains with the early Mormon pioneers. Very rustic. Mildly Sour.




Select Your Country:
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Tara's Organic Natural Yeast
Made from organic Dark Rye flour. Perfect for all bread recipes where fast acting yeast is used. Rise times are about four hours. This is NOT a sourdough starter but is instead a yeast replacement. Makes great Whole Wheat Bread. Recipe Included.




Select Your Country:
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Valentina's Authentic San Francisco Sourdough Starter
I got this from a friend in the late 70's while living in San Francisco. It's more of a traditional Italian starter and not your typical San Francisco fare but it does make a terrific bread that does come close to the taste of original San Francisco without the hassle of Babo's.




Select Your Country:
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Wasatch Willy's Sourdough Starter
Simply the best sourdough starter I have ever used. Made it myself from local wild yeasts. Absolutely delicious. Just sour enough. Tastes very similar to a good San Francisco Sourdough but it comes from the valleys of Utah. It is a good and lively natural Sourdough Yeast.




Select Your Country:
 
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A Comment From A Customer

Hi Bill,

I just got started with your sourdough starter in June 2014.  I received two, and have only used one so far, the "Best Damn Alaskan" starter.  I'm having a lot of fun with it!  It took a few attempts of not so pretty loaves to get the knack of it (I think I was overproofing it so it wasn't getting much oven rise) but now I am getting taller loaves.  The toast is awesome--beautiful sourdough flavour!  I have this starter going in two jars, so I have a backup in case of a problem.  I also made sourdough pizza dough with it, which was delicious!

Attached please find some pics.  (The last picture is my best loaf yet, lol!) I have a batch going right now, will be baking bread tonight!  Can't wait... (7/14/2014)

Sincerely,
Laurel Harrington
Brechin, ON  Canada





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Click to see the book that Laurel is using. This is the updated version.