Last spring, a friend of mine gave me a sourdough starter, with origins from San Francisco. I was enamored with the entire process from the get-go. It was awesome, until I became completely overwhelmed. Too much starter! I had jars of it everywhere (because I felt guilty throwing it out).
For starters (haha!), I was keeping it on the countertop (as opposed to refrigerator) which means it needed feeding more often. I was just generating way too much for my personal bread needs, and those of my coworkers, and my friends, and my family. You get the idea.
So, I abandoned the project after a few months, which I hated doing. It was like pouring a child down the drain. And I've been wanting to get back to it ever since. There is something so completely satisfying about making bread. I do love the process.
Cut to today. I'm going back in. This time, it's going to be refrigerator starter.
For the past few months, I've been staring at a packet of Goldrush Old Fashioned San Francisco Style Sourdough Starter in my kitchen that I picked up from Bob's Red Mill over the summer, trying to figure out when the right time would be to get started (haha! again).
I think the name of it sucked me in. I love the history of the American West, Highway 49, the Mother Lode, Mark Twain, Lola Montez, everything!
Anyway, I've finally decided to go for it. I'm going to mix up the sourdough starter this weekend.
I wanted to link you to the product, but the link on goldrushproducts.com is broken, which is not engendering a ton of confidence in me about their products. And then I looked at the bottom of their homepage, and noticed it's owned by Marie Callender's. Another strike. And Marie Callender's is a ConAgra brand. Yikes. That's what I get for impulse shopping, and getting sucked into a label. Anyway, I'm still going to try it. It'll be my second attempt at sourdough starter. But, you know what they say about the third time...
Will keep you posted.