When, in my most recent PPH column on no knead sourdough bread, I offered to send a bit of my 100 year old sourdough starter to anyone who wanted it, I had no idea the response would be so great! Usually when I offer to send something to readers I get four or five requests. This time? Try over 130!
And then the trick of how to get that much starter going quickly was the least of the worries. How to package it, mail it and get it all done without spending days on it? The post office had enough priority mail boxes to send out 39 packages the first week. We cleaned them right out. And thankfully, the boxes that we ordered online arrived yesterday and now we can mail out the rest. So far, packaging 1 cup of starter in a 2 cup plastic container with a lid, putting that into a ziplock and nesting it in newspaper sounds as if its working. I haven’t heard from anyone that they received a Jaba the Hut mess in their mailbox.
The sourdough has been quite accommodating and has grown by leaps since the requests began coming in and it’s actually looking happier and healthier with all of this activity. Of course, I’ve had to make some bread, pancakes and waffles with it, I just couldn’t resist.
If you asked for some sourdough, don’t fret, its coming!
Due to the overwhelming response of requests for this starter we can no longer offer it free of charge. There is now a nominal charge of $10 for the starter and $5 for shipping. Thank you for your understanding.
© 2009 Anne Mahle