Gluten-Free Sourdough Starter

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dairy free, gluten free
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Yield: about 1 1/2 cups starter

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Add tangy zest to your breads and other baked treats with this gluten-free sourdough starter. Just a few ingredients and 4 days of nurturing bring you this exciting addition to your gluten-free baking world.

Gluten-Free Sourdough Starter

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dairy free, gluten free
Hands-on time:
Total time: Overnight,
Yield: about 1 1/2 cups starter
Published: 08/11/2012


Tips from our bakers

  • For a fun experiment, try substituting 1/2 cup starter for 1/2 cup of the flour and 2 ounces (1/4 cup) of the liquid in our gluten-free blueberry muffin recipe or any other muffin, cake or quick bread of your choice.
  • For tangier yeast bread recipes, try using 1 cup starter in place of 1/2 cup water and 1 cup flour.
  • Sourdough starter is best stored in the fridge in a stoneware crock or glass container with a loose-fitting lid. You should observe the same procedures for care and maintenance as for a wheat-based starter.


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1) Whisk 1/4 teaspoon French sourdough starter into 1 cup Ancient Grains Flour Blend.

2) Add 1/2 cup cool water and mix until well blended. Allow mixture to rest overnight at room temperature.

3) The next day (day 2), discard half the starter and feed with 1 cup Ancient Grains Flour Blend and 1/2 cup cool water.

4) On day 3, repeat the discarding and feeding process of day 2.

5) On the fourth day, discard half the starter, and feed the remainder with 1 cup King Arthur Gluten-Free Multi-Purpose Flour and 1/2 cup cool water. When the starter becomes active following this feeding, it's ready to use in your first recipe.

Yield: about 1 1/2 cups starter.


  • 04/08/2015
  • hap1792 from KAF Community
  • Question: The picture of the storage container shows a tight sealed container. can this be used? the recipe says to use a loose fitting lid.

    It's a photograph to show off the starter; it's not what we always store it in. If you'd like to use a jar like this, feel free to do so but don't close it with the clamp- leave it slightly loose. Happy baking! Laurie@KAF

  • star rating 12/09/2014
  • Anne from
  • Thank you for having a gluten free sourdough starter recipe online, along with your products. I look forward to experimenting with them, now that I know they exist! I have been maintaining my own sourdough starter the past couple of months using heavier GF flours, and though they have great flavor and are working well; I am looking forward to trying some of the "white flours" you have had success with. Could you please explain why you recommend keeping your starter in the fridge? I only do this when I need a break, otherwise mine lives on the kitchen counter top and eats 2x/day.
  • star rating 06/26/2014
  • Beth from Pittsburgh, PA
  • I've successfully used KAF starter and bought Florapan from you to make GF version for myself. ( I have IBS). However, you only have 2 recipes for using this starter, the flatbread and english muffins. Are there more recipes? I don't want to go through the trouble of making the starter, only to have nothing to use it with. I'm looking for an actual loaf of bread or biscuits. Thanks.
    We don't have any specific recipes at this time. However, if you wish to use the starter in a variety of recipes, connect to the starter blog from the starter recipe page and read about other ways to use starter in things like muffins and your favorite bread recipes! It's simple and straightforward! ~Amy
  • star rating 08/26/2013
  • monique from brooklyn,ny
  • star rating 03/22/2013
  • Jesse from Napa, CA
  • A great procedure for a gluten-free Sourdough starter. Using these steps, without the sourdough starter packet of course, I was able to get a wild sourdough starter going.

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