Make Sourdough Without a Commercial Starter

If you’re into making sourdough bread, did you know you don’t need to buy a yeast starter? The January/February 2015 issue of “Backwoods Home Magazine” (Issue #151) contains an article which serves as a great primer on making sourdough without a commercial starter. An article excerpt follows. Check out the full article at the llink below.


Make sourdough with wild yeast

By Leah Leach

Those of us who live as self-sufficiently as possible love to forage. From wild greens to wild meat, foraged foods make their way onto our tables as often as possible. But most people don’t think about the fact that a homestead staple is available under our very noses and ready to forage every minute of the day. It is, you might say, as common as the air we breathe, since it is in the air we breathe: Yeast.

Dry yeast wasn’t always readily available in years gone by and sourdough bread was a common food in many pioneer homes. With just a little flour and water, we too can catch the yeast that floats in the air and make a delicious — not to mention nutritiously superior — bread for our families. I started making sourdough several years ago and through trial and error have come up with a method and a recipe that works well for me with minimal effort.

Read the whole article here:

Excerpt used with permission of Backwoods Home Magazine. 1-800-835-2418.


A resource mentioned at the end of the full article is Wild Fermentation, by Sandor Katz. John Hill’s book How to Live on Wheat also has info on making wild sourdough. Get one or both to help in your survival pantry and kitchen.


Author: John Wesley Smith

John Wesley Smith writes and podcasts from his home in Central Missouri. His goal is to help preppers as he continues along his own preparedness journey.