Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Sourdough Starter: Putting it Back in a Dehydrated State

Today is the first day of fall and I couldn't be happier!  I am so ready for the hot, humid days of summer to be over!  Normally, our fall days top off with highs in the 80's (for at least another month) and after the sweltering summer we've had that will be a welcome relief!

About a week ago, I started rehydrating my sour dough starter, whom I call Prudence, to see if she was still viable.  It had been 2 years since I had checked on her!  Yikes!  (If you've been following along the last week you'll know that she did indeed rehydrate well.)

I've done enough baking with Prudence to know that she is healthy and alive so, it's time to put her back in a dehydrated state. 

We don't eat a lot of bread at our house, but I don't want to lose Prudence.  That's why I rehydrate her occasionally just to make sure she is still viable.  My goal is to check on her once a year but it had been 2 years since I last checked and I was quite concerned that she might not be viable anymore.

Now that I know she is, I'm putting her back to sleep!


I fed her and let her work for a couple of hours and then spread her out on a parchment lined baking pan where I let her dry at room temperature.  

As the edges started drying I broke them off and transferred them to a different parchment lined baking pan.  I kept doing this until it was all dry enough to be broken into pieces.  

I'll let it dry another 24 - 48 hours at room temperature just to make sure she is good and dry, then I'll vacuum seal her in a jar, label it and return her to a pantry shelf.

To prevent it from being another 2 years before I 'check on Prudence' again, I'm going to make a note in my planner to give her a another check-up a year from now.

I hope you've enjoyed this little sourdough series!

patsi

She looketh well to the ways of her household … Proverbs 31:27

My pantry is intentional, purposeful, simple, practical, frugal and what works for my family.  It’s the food items and household supplies that keep my household running smoothly ready and available when they are needed.  It’s my contribution to our family’s economy and my work-from-home ‘job.'

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Monday, September 21, 2020

Goals for the Week of 9/21/2020

(Picture:  okra that I added to my pantry last week, keep reading to see how I preserved it!)

I've been 'under the weather' the last couple of days so my week is getting off to a slow start.  That's okay, when things happen that are out of our control we just do the best we can and move on.

These were last week's goals ...

Continue to transplant strawberry runners and plants  ... I didn't get around to doing this last week and I'm just now realizing it!!!  Yikes!

Read and take notes on chapters 5 and 6 in Root Cellaring: Natural Cold Storage of Fruits and Vegetables by Mike BubelDone!  I also read chapter 7.  I think this book has good, useful information and gets right to the point without a lot of chitchat reading to wade through.  (Just my humble opinion!)

Work on readying the raised bed where I’ll plant carrots.  I got this one done too!

Plan out my gardening ‘to-do’ list for the rest of the year.  Didn't get done!  I actually have it in my mind, but I didn't get it down on paper!  I really want it down on paper to refer back to because the only thing that keeps getting better as I get older is my 'forgetter!'

Rehydrate and restart my sourdough bread starter.  Done!  I've had great success with this and in a couple more days I will be putting it back to sleep for another year or so (or sooner if there is a need to rehydrate it before then).  Today I used some of the 'discard' and made sourdough blueberry muffins. They were pretty good!

Gather recipes of herb season mixes I want to make.  Done!  I've chosen: a copycat version of Mrs. Dash Seasoning, a seasoned rice mix and Italian dressing seasoning mix.  What are some herb seasoning mixes that you make and use?  

Choose 5 herbs to study from my new Materia Medica of Western Herbs book.  Didn't get done!

In addition I canned more okra this week (given to us by a friend) and dried more herbs.

I received affiliate money from Amazon last week and used it to purchase this dehydrated butter and peanut butter powder.   

I so appreciate everyone who makes purchases like these possible.  I really do use it to add to and build up my pantry.

What about goals for this week, here you go ...

Plant carrots

Choose 5 herbs to study from my new Materia Medica of Western Herbs book.

Make up the herb seasoning mixes I've chosen.

Dehydrate and vacuum seal my sourdough starter.

Read and take notes on chapter 8 in Root Cellaring: Natural Cold Storage of Fruits and Vegetables by Mike BubelChapter 8 is really long so my goal is only 1 chapter this week!

That's it for for this week, how did you do on your goals?

patsi

She looketh well to the ways of her household … Proverbs 31:27

My pantry is intentional, purposeful, simple, practical, frugal and what works for my family.  It’s the food items and household supplies that keep my household running smoothly ready and available when they are needed.  It’s my contribution to our family’s economy and my work-from-home ‘job.'

You can follow A Working Pantry on Facebook and Instagram. 

You can view my privacy policy HERE.

If you are encouraged by what you read here, please consider supporting this site via one of these ways. Your expressions of appreciation help me keep my pantry well-stocked!

Thank you for using my Amazon affiliate link when placing your Amazon orders. I earn a small percentage that doesn't increase what you pay and it helps me keep my pantry well-stocked!

Disclaimer: Some of the links in this post may be affiliate links.  This means that if you click on the link and place an order, etc I earn a small fee at no increased cost to you. Thank you for your support through these means.

Saturday, September 19, 2020

Sourdough Starter Day #4: Reviving Prudence!

 Prudence (sourdough starter), in her revived state, is now 4 days old and bubbling away!


She is doing everything she's supposed to do in the time frame that she's supposed to.  The final test though, will be to bake something with her. In addition to bread, I'm planning on baking muffins and pizza crust (I'll use the 'discard' part for the muffins and pizza crust.)  The muffins and pizza crust will go in the freezer for a quick snack or meal.  

If baking with her is a success, then I'll call this whole thing a huge win!  I plan to bake on Monday but until then I'll continue feeding her every 12 hours leaving her in her designated spot where she seems very happy!

patsi

She looketh well to the ways of her household … Proverbs 31:27

You can follow A Working Pantry on Facebook and Instagram. 

You can view my privacy policy HERE.

If you are encouraged by what you read here, please consider supporting this site via one of these ways. Your expressions of appreciation help me keep my pantry well-stocked!

Thank you for using my Amazon affiliate link when placing your Amazon orders. I earn a small percentage that doesn't increase what you pay and it helps me keep my pantry well-stocked!

Disclaimer: Some of the links in this post may be affiliate links.  This means that if you click on the link and place an order, etc I earn a small fee at no increased cost to you. Thank you for your support through these means.
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