Having been working with sourdough starters for a while, I’ve seen and done a lot to my creations. However, when I first started using sourdough I was shocked by what seemed to be quickly dying sourdough. I would make the starter, bake with it on a regular basis, and be happy. But if I went away for vacation and forgot about the starter for a few weeks, I’d be disappointed to find a dark mass with icky liquid on top.
At that stage I figured the sourdough starter was bad. I mean, it smelled fairly strongly (not in a good way) and looked pretty beat up. So I would eventually end up throwing it away and starting over from scratch. Truth be told, that kind of sidelined be from using sourdough for a few years since I kept making perfectly good starters and they ended up dying. I figured I just didn’t have the baker’s equivalent of a green thumb, whatever that may be.
all this time, I was doing it wrong!