This kefir sourdough starter uses natural bacteria and yeasts and is a twist on the traditional water and flour sourdough starter.
Kefir is one of the most probiotic rich foods. Kefir is a fermented milk product made from cow, goat or sheep milk that is similar to a drinkable yogurt.
It has high levels of probiotics, vitamin B12, magnesium, calcium, enzymes, and vitamin k2. It’s content varies based on the cows, and cultures where it is produced.
Not only does it help kill candida (yeast), it fights allergies, heals leaky gut, boost immunity, and improves lactose digestion – when consumed daily as part of your regular health regimen.
Kefir Sourdough Starter
Milk kefir has many of the same components of sourdough, and thus works great to use as a sourdough starter. The bacteria and yeasts in your starter will be the same as in your milk kefir.
Making a regular sourdough starter (via flour & water) is easy — but can take a few days of regular feedings to get started.
This kefir sourdough starter is my favorite though. I much prefer using kefir in my sourdough starter because it gives it a quicker “boost” from the get go. While I have used it to make a quick kefir sourdough, using kefir as a “true” sourdough starter gives my bread much bigger holes that more closely resemble true sourdough.
My schedule for this starter is relatively straightforward:
- Night 1: Mix 2 C. kefir with 9 oz (2 C.) all purpose, unbleached white flour
- Night 2: Mix 1 C. kefir with 4.5 oz (1 C.) all purpose, unbleached white flour
- Day 3 (mid-morning): Mix 1/2 C. kefir with 2.25 oz (1/2 C.) all purpose, unbleached white flour
- Day 3 (6-8 hours later): Starter should be ready too use
After your day 3, mid-morning feeding, the starter should rise and start to slightly fall. At this stage it’s an active starter and can be used for any recipe that requires a starter.
(If you opt against using it at this point, feed it again. Use 1/2 C. water and 2.25 oz flour, and allow it 6-8 hours to ferment again).
Why use Kefir as a Sourdough Starter?
Using kefir as a sourdough starter does make a delicious loaf of sourdough bread. I love using kefir because:
- I already have milk kefir on hand at home from making smoothies.
- It’s a great way to create a sourdough starter using a culture that is already established.
- The natural bacteria and lactic acid in kefir helps to keep the bread fresher much longer.