Friday, February 19, 2010

It's alive, It's alive !!!

Well, here I was thinking that I had killed my poor little sourdough starter, by mixing it with a metal spoon once or twice... and I don't know if I'm right here or not, but it seems to still be alive!

I had given up on it, and started a new one... but I hadn't thrown the old one away yet.
(Yes, I know... I have some serious attachment issues goin' on.)
But when I went to check on the new one this morning, I decided to have one last look at the old one, before giving it a decent burial.
And I don't know if this means anything or not, but it was all bubbly, frothy, and gluggy looking... and it smelled like baby sick.

Is it supposed to smell like baby sick?
Or has "fermenting" just morphed into "rotting"?

I dunno either.
So I just fed both the babies as usual, and will leave the first one a while longer, before giving up on it.

This isn't a photo of mine... mainly because I got so excited at it seeming to still be alive, that I immediately fed it again - doing away with all the bubbles and froth.
But this is what mine looked like.
Well, mine had a slightly more tan-ish color/ dried out look, right around the edges, but I fed it anyway.

The fresh starter that was started yesterday is still a creamy color, but we'll see how it looks tommorrow, eh?


Michaela Dunn Leeper said...

It should not smell like baby sick. It should smell wine or beer-ish or like a weird fruity smell.

Michaela Dunn Leeper said...

Hm, I wonder if it's illegal to send dried sourdough across the pond.....

Tatersmama said...

@Michaela, I just went and had another smell of it, and it's more beer-ish than anything now. So fingers crossed! ;-)
Hmm... I don't know. After all, it's just yeast... and yeast organisma are in the air anyway, right?

Tatersmama said...

ORGANISMS! Could you send me a dictionary instead? ;-) lol!

Michaela Dunn Leeper said...

Organisma..... Is that like a stigmata or something? :p

Michaela Dunn Leeper said...

If you have a fruit bowl, put your starter right next to iy ;)

Michaela Dunn Leeper said...

IT!! IT!! You're such a bad influence!!!

Michaela Dunn Leeper said...

I shoulda said you're a bad influenza. It woulda been fitting for this conversation, LOL

Homestay Mama said...

I'm cracking up here just reading yours and Michaela's comments!

I know nothing about sour dough starters. Sadly, I'm not much of a cook and have never made bread starter from absolute scratch. You are one talented lady!

Tatersmama said...

Great.. organismas, stigmatas, influenza and now fruit flies.. This is SUPPOSED to be bread, isn't it? The whole discussion is making us sick, I think!
I did move the fruit bowl though, and so far so good!

HermitJim said...

Hey, if nothing's cheap entertainment, right?

Tatersmama said...

@HermitJim... are you insinuating "simple minds, simple pleasures"?
lol! I thought so! ;-)

Michaela Dunn Leeper said...

I am VERY simple-minded TYVM. Doesn't take much to amuse me :D

Tatersmama said...

"Just the two of us"... sung to the tune of ermmmm "Just the Two Of Us".
Oh geez, I think the fumes from the starter are now going to my head!


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