I have been waiting to get Chad Robertson's Tartine Bread book, and decided I should probably be
prepared and go ahead and make a starter.
SO, of course I read all over this great place, and more on the general internet, and found an interesting method probably left in a link by Norma, at least I think it was Norma, she always leaves handy links, just as many others here do. ... Thanks kind people! Wow, talk about a run-on sentence.
Have not made very many pizzas since I built my MBE (truth be told I'm not a big pizza nut like most people, but I do like to experiment, and the party is fun, and hubby loves pizza, so it's all good!) My friends and family keep asking for another pizza party, so here I am to read the best advice for mad pizza making skills. anywhooo once I started reading I learned about the tartine bread and seeing all those great pictures, my head got all yeasted and I ordered the book.
Anyway, I fell headlong right back into this forum and came out with this "Slice/seriouseats" link for making sourdough starter: http://slice.seriouseats.com/archives/2010/11/how-to-make-sourdough-starter-day-0.html
I guess I'll start documenting my trials now, and making a starter is part of that...
I'm following the method described in the link above, but I used a 50/50 whole wheat / unbleached white flour blend. I'm pretty sure they are both King Arthur flours, duh, I guess I should have used some newer stuff that is still in the original bags. so, this is day 4 and my sour muck is ripe, pheehyoowieee (that means it stinks) but not very bubbly, yet. I know...patience.
Today I got my Tartine book and saw the difference in that muck he prepares, and this muck I prepared,
but I figure muck is muck, and it's gonna be an experiment anyway, so I'm sticking to this one since it looks promising. Yeah, I'm kidding...muck is not muck, but it'll still be fun to see what happens. I was gonna call him quagmire (people seem to like namimg their starters) , but I once named my dog that, and I figured I'd feel bad if I had to eat this and think of my old dog every time. Come to think of it, that may happen anyway...funny how the mind works.
I guess I'll call him Chuck.
Captain Up Chuck
Wish me luck with my stinky new pet.