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How to make your own sourdough starter from scratch

I almost didn’t hit publish on this post because there are so many different sourdough starter recipes here on the internet aren’t there? But actually, I have had great success with the recipe. When I popped a poll on my Instagram stories, so many of my followers said they really wanted to learn more or start making sourdough.

So despite some imposter syndrome over whether to share, here I am, sharing my recipe.

Why Sourdough?

You can’t swing a loaf of bread these days without hearing about sourdough. It is for good reason, sourdough is not only a great-tasting bread and pretty to look at too, but it’s also great for your gut health due to the fermentation process it goes through in the starter before you even get on to creating a loaf of bread.

sourdough starter

What do you need?

Starting your first sourdough starter can seem a little daunting but actually once you get the hang of it and remember to feed it (the hardest part for me) then you can’t help but create a fantastic starter. Sometimes, despite your best efforts

For getting your sourdough starter going you need very little, a jar for your starter. You can use any jar you have available but if you want to get one specifically for your starter something like this one will work perfectly. If you want something with measurements so you can see how much your sourdough starter is growing then I recommend this sourdough jar.

Other than a jar, you will need a good quality flour, I prefer to use Dove’s Farm Organic Plain Flour but you can use any plain flour or Einkorn flour that you want.

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I have created a great printable PDF sourdough starter recipe for you, so you can print it off and refer back to it daily. I have it on my fridge so I know where I am at and on which day. It soon becomes second nature but definitely worth printing off or saving to your phone so you are able to refer to as and when you need to.

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Sourdough Starter

Sourdough Starter

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes


  • Plain Flour (I use organic)
  • Water
  • Glass Jar
  • Tea towel/Muslin


  1. Day 1: 1/2 cup of plain flour & 3/4 cup of water. Mix.
  2. Day 2: 1/2 cup of plain flour & 1/4 cup of water. Mix. No discard.
  3. Day 3 - 5: Get rid of half mixture. 1/2 cup of plain flour & 1/4 cup of water. Mix.
  4. Day 6-7: Every 12 hours. Get rid of half of the mixture. 1/2 cup of plain flour & 1/4 cup of water. Mix.
  5. Day 7: Bake your loaf & using the remainder of your starter, go back to day 1 and start over.


  1. Using a glass jar loosely covered with fabric is a great way to store your sourdough starter.
  2. Leave on the kitchen counter.
  3. If you want pause your starter you can refrigerate and feed weekly. When ready you can bring it back to the countertop and feed daily.

I hope you find this recipe helpful in diving into the world of sourdough. If you want to find more recipes to use up your sourdough discard dont forget to check out my Sourdough Discard Crackers recipe.

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