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Sourdough is the perfect metaphor for abundance. If cared for, it is inexhaustible and always ready to provide. This particular starter was birthed at Oceti Sakowin by @consciouscourse & @flowmariflow, and imbued with portent energies from a momentous time.

To energize your starter, place it in a small jar and mix with 3 tablespoons of flour and 2 tablespoons of water (equal parts by weight.) You’re basically looking for the consistency of thick pancake batter (that will still pour.) Wait for it to bubble up (typically 1-2 days) and then it is ready for use. When in use, feed it once a day by dumping out the jar so that only a trace amount remains, and add 3 more tablespoons of flour and 2 tablespoons of water. It takes very little starter to bake! Just a tablespoon for a loaf of bread. If you have no immediate need for it, you can put it to bed in the fridge and it will be fine for several weeks. If you want it to sleep for an extended period, add only 4 tablespoons of flour (no water) and find it a cozy spot in the fridge, and it will be fine for many months.

If you want to use the same flour we use, you can find Cairnspring’s Flour at Metropolitan Market.

If you would like to join the SRSD community, there is a map and a facebook group.

As a primer on baking, I recommend the Tartine bread book, or their legendary recipe.

Happy Baking!