This was another question that was submitted about sourdough starters – related to a series of posts that happened in the winter of last year. I’ve added some of the original posts if you are looking for more information.
I am storing my starter in the frig. I am using it about every 5 days. When it comes time to use it in a recipe can I use it straight from the frig or do I have to feed it first, let it rest for a day out of the frig, and then use it?
I’ve done both. Because I’m mostly using the starter for flavor in my no knead recipes rather than a leavening agent, I’m not sure it matters. However, if your starter smells too strong, then I would feed it first to reduce the sour or ammonia smell and therefore taste of it. Also, if you decide to use your starter for its rising properties, then I would feed it the night or morning before you use it.
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Time to pull out the dutch ovens and get baking!