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How to Feed and Maintain Sourdough Starter for Baking

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Now that you’ve made your sourdough starter, it’s important to maintain it so you can make some delicious recipes.

You might have noticed that while your starter began as a flour-water paste, it will have risen overnight and even developed a different smell. This means that the microbes (beneficial bacteria and yeast) are busy digesting the sugar and starch to create acid and carbon dioxide.

So how do we keep our microbial chefs healthy and productive? Erin McKenney at NC State University shares tips on how to feed and maintain a healthy starter:

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