Easy Sourdough Starter Tutorial {Trim Healthy Tuesday}

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P1120467This EASY sourdough starter is on tap for this Trim Healthy Tuesday!  Somehow, sourdough has never really held much appeal until now, but this woman wants some yummy homemade bread that’s Trim Healthy Mama friendly!  And that means that it needs to be slow glycemic…either sprouted or sourdoughed.  And it needs to be EASY.  Because as you’ll see in my post, I can BOMB fermented stuff with the best of them.

I asked a friend how to get started with sourdough, and she recommended this cool sourdough starter kit from Breadtopia.  I ordered mine from Amazon.

It came with this sweet little handwritten note on it!  I love to support small businesses. ♥

P1110875The thing I love about this is that there is no ‘catching wild yeasts out of the air’ involved.  The packet of proven, dried starter comes with instructions on how to create a jar full of sourdough starter.  And let me tell you, this is GOOD stuff!


I’ll walk you through the steps, and pitfalls here on the Grain Mill Wagon blog in my Sourdough Starter: the Easy Button Tutorial!  You’ll also be able to print out my recipe/method for making this starter.



If you’re not sure about sourdough, let me just put your mind at ease: this has AMAZING flavor…not really strongly pungent or sour.  It’s got more of a nutty flavor.  Next week, I’ll share how to make DELICIOUS pancakes with this super easy sourdough starter.

Sourdough Tutorial

If you’re in a pancakes mood right now, then head over to Stacy Makes Cents, where she’s making Cottage Pancakes.

And now for LOTS more Trim & Healthy Inspiration…


Here are my top 3 posts from last week:

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Trim Healthy Tuesdays

Strawberry Lemonade Pie [S]

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Baked Eggs [S]

Trim Healthy Tuesdays

My Trim Healthy Mama Notebook

The post from last week with the most visits was this one

Pumpkin Spice Bulletproof Coffee [S]

And now for this weeks Trim Healthy Tuesday Posts!

Please see updated posting guidelines below the linky.
Thanks so much for joining Stacy & I on Trim Healthy Tuesdays!

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Psst…the Name blank means the name of your recipe or blog post. And you’re welcome, because I’ve already screwed that up nicely myself.

Trim Healthy Tuesday Linked Posts Guidelines

  1. Accepted post topics will be: Trim Healthy Mama related recipes, kitchen tips, weekly menu, ‘how to’ articles, or exercise tips, and MODEST before and after photos may be attached to any of the above. Please do not link personal progress reports or non-THM recipes.
  2. You may post links from YOUR blog to recipes that are Trim Healthy Mama friendly. They can be S (satisfying), E (energizing), FP (Fuel Pull), or Crossovers. Please note which of these categories your recipe falls under. Nutrition information for your recipe is helpful, but not mandatory.
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  5. Please post no more than 3 links each week.
  6. Post new links from your blog each week – do not post the same link each week.
  7. You may include recipes with “Splenda” and other similar products or foods that are considered “compromise foods”, but please note that in the recipe, and either make them optional or offer substitutions for on plan items if possible. Please do not use ingredients that are off plan…like white potatoes.
  8. No giveaways or advertising-only type posts are allowed. You may post about cookbooks that you like and you may include affiliate links, but the post MUST be THM friendly. Example – posting about an eCookbook that you like is acceptable when telling how it can help with THM. Posting about a cookbook just so you can sell it is NOT acceptable.
  9. Any post that does not meet the guidelines outlined above will be considered Spam and will be deleted.
  10. Though it’s not required, it would be polite if you would link directly to the Trim Healthy Mama website in each of your posts – they’ve done so much to help us all, and we’d like to increase their traffic. www.trimhealthymama.com
  11. For help with determining where your recipes fall, visit Gwen’s THM Quick Start Guide.


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Easy Sourdough Starter Tutorial {Trim Healthy Tuesday} — 21 Comments

  1. I wish they had a like button for comments, Stacy you are a hoot! Gwen, thank you so much for choosing my blog post from last week. I love your blog and have learned so much about THM from you here and on the group page. Thank you for all the time you spend helping others!

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  4. I love your pictures showing the progression.

    I started a post on the THM forum asking about sourdough (http://trimhealthymama.freeforums.net/thread/1944/ready-give-on-sourdough?page=1&scrollTo=12426) because I was so frustrated with the recipe coming out like bricks and someone posted another recipe that is yummy and worked really well.

    I used sourdough recipe for soft pretzels, too.

    Stacy- your comments and your blog always remind me not to take life too seriously :)

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  6. I read Serene uses only rye and spelt for her sourdough? can I use golden chemical free wheat – freshly milled or does that take it off the scale for (E)? still trying to figure this all out :) sorry if that is a dumb ?. And can I just keep my pet in the fridge and make bread once a month? or do I have to use it every week and feed it every day?? plez say no…don’t have time for that.

    • Hey Martha, on Breadtopia they have videos that talk about how to start and maintain your sourdough starter. It also talks about keeping it in the fridge and feeding it. Head over there and Im sure they can answer your questions.

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  8. Hi Gwen. I’m loving you and your recipes all the way down here in New Zealand. So thanks for your gwens bread!!! It’s really been a wonderful addition to me and my family! Thanks.
    Now I am confused about which flour to use here on this one, rye or ordinary whole wheat or white or what? I’d love to follow suit….
    Thanks Diana

  9. I am confused. I thought on THM we could only have sprouted bread or low glycemic bread like your Sourdough in a glass jar. I would love to try this real Sourdough with starter from Breadtopia. But would it be E or S?

        • Tracy, I’m in a really busy season right now and haven’t had a chance to really properly work with sourdough recipes. If you find a good one, I’d love to hear about it! :)

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  11. Thanks for all your amazing posts, Gwen, you are so many of our “go to resource”. So I’m one of the weird ones, I love the authentic artisan-ness of the hand-me-down starter, so thats what I use. A bunch of my friends are VERY CONFUSED about the wheat portion…do you believe that we can use whole wheat for this? Or, what is your thoughts? Thanks in advance! Jina

    • I personally use all whole wheat to keep the bran in and keep it compliant with the Trim Healthy Mama plan. I only use it for flatbreads & pizza crusts at this point. I wasn’t getting a nice enough rise from the blended flour to make loaves. I need to spend some time playing with it to try for a nice loaf. :)

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