Sourdough Starter

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By Samantha Clark and Samuel Clark

Published 2001

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Flour and water need yeast to turn them into bread. A sourdough starter or culture is an ancient form of yeast introduced more than 6,000 years ago, long before the arrival of brewer’s yeast in the 1850s. However, what makes sourdough different from (and in our opinion superior to) brewer’s yeast is that it is a natural, wild yeast. More specifically, sourdough is a combination of wild yeasts that both are airborne and exist in the flour, and acid-producing bacteria, which give it the sligh