I’ve been a terrible keeper of my sourdough starter. When we left to go to MO almost four weeks ago, I divided a well fed starter, took half of it with me and left half of it here. I keep dried starter in the freezer so I wasn’t terribly worried about losing it all but I was pretty happy with that starter. Feeding it at least once a week and keeping it in the fridge is a good way to keep it healthy but I wasn’t doing so well in that regard.
We were in MO for 2-1/2 weeks and I only fed that starter once. Ideally, I don’t think it go more than three weeks in the fridge without a good feeding or two but, what’s “ideal” around here these days?
We got back to Texas a week ago Friday and I totally intended to feed the starter I had left here that night but never got around to it. Every day, I intended to do it and didn’t.
Vince asked me Wednesday if I was ever going to make bread again. That’s a whole different story . . not one you want to hear about! It isn’t like I haven’t been busy doing other things around here.
Yesterday I got the much neglected starter out. I figured I’d feed it then, and have to feed it again this morning but when I got up, it was all bubbly and energetic (which is probably more than I could say for myself).
I went ahead and made bread with it and it was fine. Vince is happy!
The starter is fed again, active and back in the fridge.
Seeing it so active makes me happy. Even though I have the backup starter in the freezer, I wouldn’t want to lose this one.
I’m hoping the sourdough starter, the humans and the pets survive this move. Right now . . I’m not so sure about any of that.