Many people who are interested in the benefits regarding sourdough fermentation have sincere hesitations regarding their ability to care for a starter. With some fundamental knowledge about its life cycle and thus its needs, sourdough requires little more maintenance than a houseplant or, at most, a feline companion. The most important thing to remember is that sourdough is a living being. Although there are as many ways to maintain a starter as there are bakers, a simple feeding schedule will help you maintain your starter for years to come. Baking only occasionally? Simply tuck it back into the refrigerator after a feed and allow it to slip into cold dormancy. It will be ready to awaken and leaven bread again whenever you are.
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