Sourdough bread is a fermented food – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Fermented_foods . I’m just beginning to learn about fermented foods and their health benefits. From everything I’ve read, I can only improve my health by adding more of them to my diet.
I am no scientist, but this what I’ve gathered so far. Sourdough bread lasts longer than typical bread. It pre-digests starches, which makes it easier for US to digest. It also breaks down gluten, which can make it easier on gluten intolerant people. The lactic acid fermentation that takes place during the production of sourdough bread increases the nutrients that are available for our body to absorb. If you want to read some better written articles about why sourdough is good for you, here are two:
– Kitchen Stewardship: Health Benefits of Sourdough Bread – http://www.kitchenstewardship.com/2010/03/05/food-for-thought-health-benefits-of-sourdough/
– Real Food Forager: 5 Reasons to make Sourdough Your Only Bread – http://realfoodforager.com/5-reasons-to-make-sourdough-your-only-bread/
My mom recently started making sourdough and asked me if I was interested in some of her extra starter so that I could make my own. I said absolutely!
You can buy sourdough starter on Amazon. Here are a couple of links:
Live Sourdough Starter from Breadtopia – http://amzn.to/13LXTl3
San Francisco Sourdough Starter – http://amzn.to/11F4tp8
Breadtopia also has this nifty little Sourdough Starter Kit – http://amzn.to/11F4yJt .
*** Please note: Before Saturday I had never done anything with Sourdough before. Sure, I’ve made bread, but never sourdough. If you see me doing something wrong in this post or see something I could do better, PLEASE tell me. Thanks in advance. ***
Here is a link to the first recipe that I tried: Extra-Tangy Sourdough Bread – http://www.kingarthurflour.com/recipes/extra-tangy-sourdough-bread-recipe
|Starter goes in the bowl.|
|Starter, water, 3 cups of flour.|
|After 12 hours in the fridge.|
|Salt and remaining flour added to mixture, then kneaded.|
|Shaped in loaves and ready for another rise|
|Risen again and ready for the oven.|
|Baked! Probably could have used another 5 minutes in the oven but still DELICIOUS!|
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