Organic Freeze Dried Rye Sourdough Starter
Looking for an easy, nutritious and delicious sourdough to impress friends and family? Our Organic Freeze-Dried Rye Sourdough Starter creates a loaf filled with fruity aromas and a distinctive tart flavour. Sourced from a Gloucestershire flour mill renowned for its earthy rye flour, this sourdough starter makes for an impressive and unique loaf which is full of probiotics, vitamins and minerals.
Our freeze dried sourdough starters offer the same quality of sourdough as our fresh starters with the added bonus of a greater shelf life. Each sourdough starter ships with a 5 year best before date. Packaged in our new sourdough presentation boxes, these make an ideal gift for someone or for those not wishing to activate their sourdough starters right away. We would also recommend these starters for our international customers.
Sourdough is made from the naturally occurring yeast and lactic acid bacteria in flour. It is often also used to name bread made using the culture. Yeasts and bacteria suitable for bread production are found in relatively high amounts on the surface of cereal grains, such as wheat. By grinding the grains into flour and allowing these micro-organisms to thrive – by adding water, keeping the mix at an appropriate temperature, and providing food in the form of more flour to create what is known as a ‘starter’ – they can be increased in size and concentration.
Our Sourdough comes sourced from starter cultures that have been in use for over a century. A mature, well-aged sourdough starter has a much stronger and distinctive sourdough flavour than one recently started from scratch. We have worked hard to obtain the very best sourdough from across the world. We feed our starter cultures twice a day; ensuring that what you purchase from us is a very active, starter culture.
We have traced heritage back over 40 years for our Gloucestershire Rye Sourdough. It has been traced back to a kitchen not far from the Shipton flour mill in Tetbury, which is well known for its rye flour. It produces a slightly tart loaf, with a unique sourdough flavour. We have been unable to confirm if this starter is a true heirloom variety. It is possible that it may have been mixed with wholemeal flour at some stage of its life.