Monday, August 18, 2008

Sourdough Starter

I know, I know, like I need another project. But this one has an interesting purpose. How would you go about finding a gluten free, dairy free, soy free, yeast free, egg free bread? Yeah, I have no idea either. Well, there is one brand carried by one health food store in town that works.

I was talking to my mom about bread yesterday, and told her about that one brand of bread, and how I thought it was weird that they could do it without yeast. She said it's probably sourdough. So, I did a bit of research. According to this site, sourdough uses yeast, but it's the naturally occurring yeast that already exists on grain. Store-bought packaged yeast is processed on corn or...something else that I can't remember, but since I'm also allergic to corn, I would guess I respond to yeast because of the corn, not necessarily because of the yeast.

A poster on this message board says you can start a sourdough starter with just white rice flour and water, and there is a plethora of gluten free sourdough recipes once you have the starter. Most starter recipes say to use store-bought yeast to start them, and that won't work here. So, here goes nothing. I'm taking an informal poll - do we think this will work? And will it NOT make us sick?


  1. is it really bread if it is missing all those ingrediants??
    just a thought :)

  2. NO, IT'S NOT! It's more like a rock-hard sheet of flour. Don't remind me... ;)

  3. Sara Kay, I am eagerly awaiting your results! I love sourdough bread and would love to think that this could be done!

    Love, Wardeh at GNOWFGLINS

  4. I was thinking about it later today and I thought about what Gluten Free Girl says, which is to enjoy the gluten free bounty and not try to replicate gluten foods.

  5. Wow, who'd have thought? Let me know how things go...

  6. Wardeh - I really think it's going to work!

    Christina - I totally agree with her about lots of things. For example, I think there is no good reason for anyone to be trying to make gf oreos. :) But, bread is such a standard for's hard to imagine going without it at all.

    Bek - I will! I'll probably post an update on it tomorrow. Seems to be working so far...