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Rye Sourdough Starter

in quick and easy whole grain dairy free gluten free overnight guaranteed classic

Author: Barb Alpern

Rye Sourdough Starter Recipe Rye Sourdough Starter Recipe

Are you a devoted rye bread baker looking to develop a rye starter for your sourdough rye recipes? Here's a simple way to turn some of the discard from your current sourdough starter into a rye starter you can maintain and use for all your rye baking needs.

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At a glance

Prep
Total
Yield
6 ounces (3/4 cup) starter

Ingredients

Choose your measure:

First feeding

  • 1/4 cup sourdough starter, unfed/discard
  • 1/4 cup room temperature water (70°F)
  • heaping 1/2 cup organic pumpernickel flour

Second and subsequent feedings

  • 1/4 cup starter from above
  • 1/4 cup room temperature water (70°F)
  • heaping 1/2 cup organic pumpernickel flour

Instructions

  1. For the first feeding: Combine the 1/4 cup starter with 1/4 cup room-temperature water and a heaping 1/2 cup pumpernickel flour (organic preferred).
  2. Place the starter in a nonreactive container. Sprinkle a light coating of pumpernickel flour over the top of the starter and cover it.
  3. Allow the starter to rise for 12 hours at room temperature (70°F).
  4. For the second feeding: Keep 1/4 cup of your initial starter, the one you made 12 hours earlier; discard or give away the rest. Feed the 1/4 cup starter with 1/4 cup room-temperature water and a heaping 1/2 cup pumpernickel flour.
  5. Sprinkle the top of the starter with pumpernickel flour and cover it. Allow the starter to rise for 12 hours at room temperature.
  6. Repeat feedings as above until the starter is rising well and has a pleasantly tangy odor. The more feedings you give it the better, as it takes a few days for the starter to completely establish itself as a rye starter.
  7. Once the starter is rising well, you can refrigerate it for up to a week before feeding it again. Feed your starter as above and allow it to sit out at room temperature for 2 hours before returning to the fridge.