Easy Sourdough Starter Tutorial


Here are my top 3 posts from last week:

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Trim Healthy Tuesdays

Strawberry Lemonade Pie [S]

Trim Healthy Tuesdays

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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See the little blue “Add Your Link” box just above? CLICK IT if you want to add your Trim Healthy Mama link to this post…we want to see it!
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.
  3. Please respect the copyright of the book, and do not post recipes from the Trim Healthy Mama book on your blog. You MAY post recipes that you’ve changed up to make your own, but nothing verbatim from the book.
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  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.
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  1. Stacy says

    I’m weird and like to catch wild yeasts from the air. It makes me feel powerful like I should pound my chest and yell like Tarzan.

    • Its_Gwen says

      You go girl. :) I just don’t trust whatever is wild in the air here. I’ve had bad juju from other fermentation experiments. :)

  2. Rashel says

    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!

  3. Nanci Smith says

    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 :)

  4. says

    Oh goodness, I cannot wait to try this! I have been slowly dipping my toes into bread making and have always wanted to try making dough with a starter. And I adore sour dough! Thanks so much for co-hosting :)

  5. Martha says

    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.

    • says

      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.

  6. Di says

    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

  7. Patti Patterson says

    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?

    • Its_Gwen says

      Fermented breads, like true sourdough, or the Easy Bread recipe (which ferments with baking yeast) are on plan as an E.

      • Tracy says

        So…where is the sourdough bread recipe? I already have starter…now I just need a THM friendly sourdough bread. TIA.

        • Its_Gwen says

          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! :)

        • Kerri says

          I’m still trying to find a recipe for bread as well, and I have a pin on Pinterest that uses a dutch oven to get an amazing crusty, no knead bread, I’m wondering if we can try our bread this way, if I can find a recipe! Thanks for all your wonderful recipes and tips Gwen :)

  8. Jina Ezell says

    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

    • Gwen says

      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. :)

  9. Kathy Judson says

    I just wondered if doing so for thm do you need to use rye and spelt or can you use regular wheat?

    • says

      Hi Katie,
      It was recommended to me by a friend who is a pro at sourdough. :) I don’t think you want to let the sourdough ferment in a metal bowl, and sit against it for long periods, but a quick mix with the whisk hasn’t had any negative effects for me.