Carl Griffith’s 1847 Oregon Trail Sourdough Starter

Carl’s sourdough starter is here! I have a snack-size baggie with 1 teaspoon of dried starter granules:

Carl Griffith's 1847 Oregon Trail Sourdough Starter

Carl Griffith's 1847 Oregon Trail Sourdough Starter


It’s dried and has to be revived. The directions say to mix 1 tablespoon of water with 1 teaspoon of dried starter:
1847 Sourdough Starter soaking in lukewarm water

1847 Sourdough Starter soaking in lukewarm water


let that sit for a few minutes, then add 1 tablespoon of flour:
1847 Sourdough Starter with 1 T water and 1 T flour

1847 Sourdough Starter with 1 T water and 1 T flour


Theoretically, this makes a very small amount of 100% hydration starter, but this mixture is very dry, and the directions say it should have the consistency of “thin pancake batter,” which this obviously does not. So I added a little more water:
1847 Sourdough Starter with more water

1847 Sourdough Starter with more water


That looks more like it. This sits overnight, and then I’ll feed it again.

You can get Carl’s starter free by sending a self-addressed stamped #10 envelope to the address on the Carl’s Friends Web page.

Right now, I’m following directions. Beginning tomorrow morning, I’ll feed the starter with equal weights of water and flour.

Meanwhile, on the dessert front, our weather has been cooler than normal, and i was thinking of making sticky toffee pudding, but tomorrow’s high will be near 80, so now I’ll have to think of something else.

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