Sourdough

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weaver47
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Unread post 17 Jul 2017, 04:05 #1

So, I've been struggling to get sourdough bread to turn out properly, even the domestic electric oven. Which led to the thought - what did the cooks do when they had no refrigeration to slow down the rise, no dried yeast - how did 'live' yeast stay active and so on. It took a whole week to get the sourdough starter active enough to use and in between bakings it stays in the fridge, to be revived on the day before it is used. The 'ancient' bakers really deserve our respect.Does anyone have any information on what went on?
(When it does come out right it makes terrific toast!)
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Unread post 18 Jul 2017, 04:54 #2

weaver47 wrote:
17 Jul 2017, 04:05
So, I've been struggling to get sourdough bread to turn out properly, even the domestic electric oven. Which led to the thought - what did the cooks do when they had no refrigeration to slow down the rise, no dried yeast - how did 'live' yeast stay active and so on. It took a whole week to get the sourdough starter active enough to use and in between bakings it stays in the fridge, to be revived on the day before it is used. The 'ancient' bakers really deserve our respect.Does anyone have any information on what went on?
(When it does come out right it makes terrific toast!)
http://www.outlanderadventures.com/as-w ... pe-c-1790/

https://savoringthepast.net/2012/07/09/ ... nch-bread/
https://www.ourheritageofhealth.com/tip ... er-part-1/
http://www.sourdough.co.uk/the-myth-of- ... sourdough/
http://www.townsends.us/blog/tag/sour-dough/

I hope at least one of these may prove to be helpful!
Regards, Keith.
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by,
and that has made all the difference.

Robert Frost.

Captain, Armidale NSW Australia chapter.
http://woodsrunnersdiary.blogspot.com.au/
http://australiansurvivalandpreppers.blogspot.com.au/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHEOMS ... _as=public
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Unread post 22 Jul 2017, 03:12 #3

Thank you, Le Loup - the video was particularly useful because it shows how the dough appears at the various stages.  Did you notice that one of the links also mentions more cookbooks - I'm going to follow up on those.
Yesterday I tried again and made a really successful loaf; Josh's instruction plus elements of the plan I'd been following and additional elements from my brain!
Cheers
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Le_Loup
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Unread post 22 Jul 2017, 08:51 #4

weaver47 wrote: Thank you, Le Loup - the video was particularly useful because it shows how the dough appears at the various stages.  Did you notice that one of the links also mentions more cookbooks - I'm going to follow up on those.
Yesterday I tried again and made a really successful loaf; Josh's instruction plus elements of the plan I'd been following and additional elements from my brain!
Cheers
Good one, well done. I love home made bread.
Regards, Keith.
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by,
and that has made all the difference.

Robert Frost.

Captain, Armidale NSW Australia chapter.
http://woodsrunnersdiary.blogspot.com.au/
http://australiansurvivalandpreppers.blogspot.com.au/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHEOMS ... _as=public
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