September 10, 2020 3 min read
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We recommend a quart-sized mason jar with a very loose fitting lid. With active fermentation anticipate that your starter could expand 3-4x its initial volume so don't make the mistake we did by putting in a jar that is too small. Similarly your starter will need to breath a bit so don't screw the lid on too tight or you may risk the jar shattering. It's a good idea to rest the lid on top of the jar (but not screw it on).
The downside of sourdough bread making is that it produces a lot of discard. But you don't have to just throw it away. Why not share? Sourdough starter makes a fantastic gift for fellow wannabe sourdough bread makers. Package up 1/2 cup portions in quart-sized jars and you just might inspire the next wave of sourdough savants. Better yet, package it up with a 32oz quart-sized JarJacket and a hand-written recipe card and your starter benefactors will have everything they need to get started.
Still need more ideas? King Arthur has a fantastic collection of sourdough discard recipe ideas. From pizza crust to crackers to pancakes... you would be surprised how many uses there are for left-over starter.
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There are plenty of reasons to attempt to cut back on waste when grocery shopping, including reducing plastic pollution, shrinking your carbon footprint and simplifying your life.
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