Sourdough Chronicles – Day 2

Reading reports of the sourdough starter showing first signs in the first 24 hours, I started panicking. No signs of life (aka bubbling surface) in my concoction. Little did I know what was actually hatching inside. So, I took my wife’s advice and gave it another night sleep chance.

Next morning (I’ll call it beginning of day 2) to my surprise. The surface showed signs of bubbling, meaning that was a good thing! I in turn was bubbling with joy, while the others in my household rolled their eyes.

My suspicion is that the delay in life signs is the Chicago weather that’s currently 10 degrees F outside. So since we want to conserve (save) energy, we run our heat at 68 F during the day and at 65 F at night. So, I would suspect that in a warmer environment, the signs of life will show earlier.



I thought it was time to celebrate and feed the starter with a generous cup of all purpose unbleached flour mixed with 3/4 cup of water. Boy, was the started happy! I fed it at 9:00 AM and looked like this:

Day 2 (morning) - First Feed

And look what happened by 3:00 PM:

Day 2 (afternoon) - It Is Growing!

And then by 8:00 PM the thing doubled in size (!):

Day 2 - Speechless!

Now we are talking! And remember this is only day 2!

Dinner Time

So, very glad of my colony of yeast, I prepared dinner (the same 1 cup unbleached all purpose flour mixed with 3/4 cups of bottled water), tossed half of the starter (otherwise you’ll end up with a ridiculous amount of it), and mixed the leftover with the starter “dinner”. Popped it back in the clean jar, and sang a lulaby.

Things are good baby!

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5 thoughts on “Sourdough Chronicles – Day 2”

  • gabi, your site is great! i had no idea you were such a “foodie!” can’t wait to be a fly on the wall for all your culinary adventures! 🙂

  • Thanks Elizabeth!

    I didn’t know it either! It is one of my hobbies that the whole Bucataru gang benefits in a way (that if I have successes, and have happy daughters that aren’t cranky as dinner time approaches!

    thanks for the comment!

  • Aaaah! Congratulations! This looks amazing! I can so totally understand how excited you are! 😀 I’ve had my starter going for years, now. As long as nothing strange gets into it to contaminate it, it should be very happy for a long, long time.

    a.k.a. The Hungry Mouse

  • Jessie – I actually read ALL your posts on Sourdough. Specially the one on the Sourdough Starter so greatly documented with pics!
    For the last weeks or so I was breathing Sourdough in and out – hehehe.
    thanks for posting!

  • Oh yay! (And thank you!) Hey, I wonder if we could work out a sourdough exchange without killing the starters. I could send you some of mine and you could send me some of yours. Hmmm…I feel like maybe I’ve read somewhere that you can dry it out then reanimate it. Let me see if I can find the info. 😀

    a.k.a. The Hungry Mouse

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