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Old 05-27-2020, 05:34 PM
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I've been using a canning jar, but it is tough to clean.
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Over decades I have bought multiples of these (pictured below), or very similar for a buck or 2 at thrift stores for culturing yeast in.

They are easy to use/clean & work perfectly.
I have gifted 1 to all the cooks/bakers in the family & our BOL group.





Off-topic, but worth mentioning.
One of our BOL group members sold thousands of dollars worth of sourdough starter over the last couple months.
Which cost her almost nothing to make & do.
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I keep mine in a round glass tupperware type dish with a plastic lid. I have found that if you add water to the starter first and stir it up, it cleans up and transfers easily to the next container for expanding the culture for baking or passing along/feeding the culture. Adding the flour first just made a big mess to clean up for me.
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That is what I use.

The Bible forbids culturing yeasts, commanding that all yeasts be thrown out once a year and our houses cleaned of their spores.
Exodus 12:14-20,
Exodus 13:1-13,
Leviticus 23:5-6 we are to start with fresh caught wild yeast every year.

I capture new fresh yeast each Spring.
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I use a wide-mouth half-gallon mason jar. Plenty of room to expand without bubbling over the top! (I got tired of underestimating its exuberance, lol.)

Every few days, I pour the starter into a clean jar.
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A wide mouth quart canning jar, but wish I had something bigger with a wider mouth!
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A small Tupperware, works fine.
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I use a one pint bail type clear jar without the seal for in the fridge. When I am getting ready to make bread I change over to a one pint wide mouth for the leaven.
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Off brand Tupperware from IKEA. I have the main batch in a quart container and save the discard in a smaller one for pizza dough or waffle mix.
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A wide mouth quart canning jar, but wish I had something bigger with a wider mouth!
If you shop thrift stores?
Keep your eye out for vintage apothecary, candy and/or cookie jars.
They are usually durable & often sell cheap.

They are designed to stick your hand in.
So they have a big mouth, and are EASY to clean out.



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you all are using such small containers...how much are you working with? im about to start my first starter...but it s going to be cooler the next few days. ive been looking and looking for unbleached flour. finally found some and thought i hit the jackpot..then i read not to use organic flour...back to the drawing board...
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That is what I use.

The Bible forbids culturing yeasts, commanding that all yeasts be thrown out once a year and our houses cleaned of their spores.
Exodus 12:14-20,
Exodus 13:1-13,
Leviticus 23:5-6 we are to start with fresh caught wild yeast every year.

I capture new fresh yeast each Spring.
that would be just prior to passover
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I would be hesitant to use plastic. I am too concerned about things getting into the pores of the plastic.
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I would be hesitant to use plastic. I am too concerned about things getting into the pores of the plastic.
AGREE

Glass or ceramics is always the best choice.
Simply because they can be sterilized.
To help insure you don't grow out yeast including something nasty.
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you all are using such small containers...how much are you working with? im about to start my first starter...but it s going to be cooler the next few days. ive been looking and looking for unbleached flour. finally found some and thought i hit the jackpot..then i read not to use organic flour...back to the drawing board...
You don't need or want a huge amount of starter because you only need one tablespoon to make two loafs of bread. Besides, you don't want to have to feed a huge amount of starter every day/week.
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A lot depends on how fast growing you maintain your culture. I only feed mine the day that I am going to make bread. On that day I take my tupperware bowl out of the fridge, add water to get the starter mixed up, then transfer most of it to a large bowl for batch of bread. A small amount goes back into a small glass tupperware bowl to be the next starter culture. I use ~3/4 cup flour and a similar amount of water for the starter. I let the starter rise along with the batch of bread, and then store it in the frig until next time. None of the culture ever gets thrown out.

The vigor is not as high as if I was feeding it every day, but I try and plan my bread making so I can do the bulk rise overnight or for ~8 hours. I transfer the dough to a bread pan and let it do the final rise the next morning for a few hours before baking.
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You don't need or want a huge amount of starter because you only need one tablespoon to make two loafs of bread. Besides, you don't want to have to feed a huge amount of starter every day/week.
True

However, I am starting a new one (1) gallon batch. So, I have plenty to give out to those who ask for enough to start there own.
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I use a half gallon mason jar for my long term starter. If I’m making a starter for a specific project, I’ll use a big Tupperware bowl
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If you make / nurture large batches of sourdough yeast?
Crock pot & slow cooker inserts with a lid are near perfect containers.
They can be found at garage sales & thrift stores CHEAP.

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I use a wide-mouth half-gallon mason jar. Plenty of room to expand without bubbling over the top! (I got tired of underestimating its exuberance, lol.)

Every few days, I pour the starter into a clean jar.
That's what I use, as well...a wide-mouth half-gallon mason jar.
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