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Offline Qarl

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Weighing preferment starter - technique?????
« on: December 28, 2012, 12:59:28 PM »
Looking for some tried and true experience from someone to let me know the best way to weigh a precise amount of sourdough starter?

I can easily use my kitchen or jeweler's scale to weight precisely however much I need (60 grams or 80 grams, etc.)...

... however, it sticks to whatever I'm using to measure. I've tried plastic wrap wiped with olive oil, a small plastic tub wiped with oil, etc.

But dough inevitably sticks to the container, plastic wrap or the spatula used to remove it, and then I lose my precise measurement to the residue.   Should I just measure a little more and expect some "loss".

Or am I missing something obvious?

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Re: Weighing preferment starter - technique?????
« Reply #1 on: December 28, 2012, 01:22:37 PM »
Does your scale have a tare function?

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Re: Weighing preferment starter - technique?????
« Reply #2 on: December 28, 2012, 01:25:33 PM »
Of course, I have no issues with the actual weighing of it.  I can easily put a small tub on there and tare it to zero and then weigh.

The problem is that it's so sticky I end up losing 10-15% of it to the weighing container and spatula.

This obviously isn't an issue with dry ingredients or water...

I'm just wondering if there is a better way to weigh a sticky starter and minimize losses...

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« Reply #3 on: December 28, 2012, 01:47:23 PM »
This is how I do it. Weigh out water. Tare scale to zero. Pour desired weight of starter into water and combine. No loss of starter.

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Re: Weighing preferment starter - technique?????
« Reply #4 on: December 28, 2012, 02:12:05 PM »
This video might help.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-9D2Fs_qIU" target="_blank" class="aeva_link bbc_link new_win">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-9D2Fs_qIU</a>
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Re: Weighing preferment starter - technique?????
« Reply #5 on: December 28, 2012, 02:15:03 PM »
Ahhh... the old water in the bucket trick.

That's awesome.   :chef:

Thanks!!!!!!

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Re: Weighing preferment starter - technique?????
« Reply #6 on: December 28, 2012, 02:33:41 PM »
That's what I do as well. The added benefit is that it gives me another opportunity to make sure the starter is ready to use (even though I already know by looking at it... belt and suspenders, I guess). If it floats, it's ready.

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Re: Weighing preferment starter - technique?????
« Reply #7 on: December 28, 2012, 02:45:43 PM »
If your scale has the tare capacity I like to put some of the flour in the scale pan, then weigh the starter directly onto the flour, then add directly to the mixing bowl...no loss of anything.
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Re: Weighing preferment starter - technique?????
« Reply #8 on: January 02, 2013, 11:11:09 AM »
Whatever container I weigh the starter in, I simply rinse in my formula water.

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Re: Weighing preferment starter - technique?????
« Reply #9 on: January 02, 2013, 07:56:33 PM »
dump directly into mixer bowl which is on a scale already,  use a spoon to control? 


 

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