I was afraid I might have to call this the death of a sourdough starter. I have had a very happy sourdough starter for many months, all alive and bubbly. Recently though I was busy, not paying much attention, when I discovered I had dumped vanilla flavored soy milk into my sourdough starter. It was supposed to go into the bowl next to the starter. It was too late to get the soy milk out and there was nothing I could do about it, so I decided to just go ahead and “feed” the starter with flour. (You feed sourdough starter by adding an equal amount of flour and water, then stirring it).
Normally, sourdough starter just has flour, water and yeast in it. Click here for a primer on sourdough, full of great information! http://www.kingarthurflour.com/tips/sourdough-primer.html. See starter recipe here. http://www.kingarthurflour.com/recipes/start-your-own-sourdough-starter-recipe#fragement-2.
So yesterday, I stirred it all up and then added more flour and water, stirred it again and waited to see what would happen. Within a few hours, as you can see, the starter got happy and bubbly again! I made a wonderful sourdough bread from it. I’ll share the recipe tomorrow. Apparently the starter didn’t mind the soy milk. Maybe it liked the soy or the vanilla flavoring? 🙂
Lesson learned: it’s a slight bit sweeter at least for now, but soy milk doesn’t kill the starter!