I love recipes for discarded sourdough starter! So I am sharing my love for all things sourdough discard on this page.
First off, let’s answer a few questions to start.
What is sourdough discard?
The sourdough discard is the portion that is removed from your sourdough prior to feeding what you leave in your container.
So here is the step by step of what you will do:
- Remove up to have of the sourdough from your sourdough container, placing it into a new container
- Feed the original sourdough
- Use the discarded sourdough for any sourdough discard recipes below.
Is It Necessary To Discard Sourdough Starter?
Yes and I will tell you why. In the beginning, I was feeding my sourdough two times a day. Once in the morning and once at night. I had to move it over to larger containers every other day because it was growing to much.
One morning I woke up to a microwave full of sourdough! I keep my sourdough in the microwave because it seems to like it in there better than the countertop.
After the microwave incident, I tend to discard my sourdough daily right before feeding. But I am frugal and I do not like waste, so I do use my discard.
Learn How To Make Sourdough Discard Recipes Without Feeling Like You Have to Watch it 24/7
Using the discard helps me to maintain my available sourdough for those bigger projects and it allows me to make items that I can whip up quickly like:
- Sourdough Discard Tortillas
- Sourdough Cookies
- Sourdough Tacos
- Roti Sourdough
- Toasted Ham and Cheese Wrap
- Easy Sourdough Discard Wraps
- Sourdough Skillet Cottage Pie
- Quick Sourdough Pizza Dough
What To Do With Sourdough Discard
Keep It! You can use it in all kinds of recipes! If a recipe calls for unfed sourdough, you can usually use the sourdough discard in the recipe. Do not forget to test the recipes and give yourself some grace if it’s not 100% perfect.
Can You Freeze Sourdough Discard?
Yes! You can freeze your discarded sourdough. So I have done it in a couple of ways, but my favorite is to do it in rough measurements.
What I mean by that is, if I know I need a cup of sourdough for bread, then I save a cup of discard. I put it in a zip top bag and lay it flat in the freezer. Once it is frozen, I can stand it up and move it around to fit into tighter spaces.