My goal here is to convince you to give homemade sourdough bread a try. Not to do it forever, just one try.
What is sourdough? Sourdough is fermented bread. Most of us are familiar with commercial yeast. These are the yeast packets you can buy that allow a person to make some type of bread in a matter of hours. The yeast is cheap, it works and they are sold everywhere.
But bread has gluten! But bread is empty calories! But bread is nothing but carbs! Despite what you have heard, wheat is not an evil food. It is not simply empty calories and carbohydrates. In fact, wheat has vitamins, minerals, even a little protein. Here is the catch, those good things in wheat are locked away. Wheat is difficult for the body to digest. That wheat berry is like a safe. The hours spent in your digestive system is just not enough time to fully break it down to make is easier to digest and unlock all the health benefits. This is where sourdough is your friend.
Instead of using those yeast packets, natural sourdough uses the wild yeast bacteria that is in the air all around you right now. You just need to catch them in a sourdough starter
To make a sourdough starter simply mix equal volumes white flour and water. Mix that with your hand, or with some kitchen utensil, into a shaggy mass, cover with a towel or saran wrap and leave on your counter for 24 hours.
What is going to happen is the wild yeast in the air will settle on the flour and water mixture and live there. They will eat the flour, multiply and release CO2 along with bacteria. The CO2 is what allows sourdough bread to rise and the bacteria enables two things. First, it gives sourdough its distinct tang it is known for, second, this acidic bacteria breaks down wheat, unlocking all the vitamins, minerals and proteins and makes the wheat easier for your body to digest.
Have I convinced you to al least give sourdough a try? If so, welcome. Let us start by creating that sourdough starter.