31 Perfect Sourdough Discard Recipes to Unlock Your Inner Baker

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If you’re looking for delicious ways to use your sourdough starter or your sourdough discard, this list of sourdough discard recipes will help you unlock your inner baker!

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Beyond the staple sourdough bread, both active sourdough starter and also sourdough discard can be used to make a huge variety of dishes. Not only can you make classics like sourdough biscuits, bread pancakes, waffles, crackers, pizza crust, and cakes, but as you’ll see in this post, you can get even more creative with delicious sourdough recipes.

Sourdough opens up a huge possibility of both sweet or savory options in the kitchen, making it a versatile and eco-friendly addition to your cooking repertoire.

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Everything You Need to Know About Sourdough Discard

If you’re unsure about using sourdough discard, here are the most important things to know.

What is sourdough discard, and why should I save it?

Sourdough discard is the portion of sourdough starter that you remove and discard during regular feedings. Some people throw it out. Instead of wasting it, though, you can save and use it in recipes to add flavor and reduce food waste.

What’s the difference between sourdough discard and sourdough starter?

Sourdough discard is the portion removed during feedings, while the starter is what you continue to feed and maintain. The discard has a stronger flavor and is less active.

How do I store sourdough discard?

Store sourdough discard in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It can be kept for up to a week or longer, depending on its age and activity. In my experience, sourdough discard can be kept for a very long time.

Can I use sourdough discard straight from the refrigerator?

Yes, you can use sourdough discard directly from the refrigerator in most recipes. You will need to let it come to room temperature for about an hour before using it to ensure better incorporation into the dough or batter.

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What if my sourdough discard smells off or has an unusual color?

If your discard has an unpleasant odor or unusual color, it may have gone bad. In such cases, it’s best to compost it rather than use it in recipes to avoid affecting the taste of your baked goods.

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Best Tips for Baking with Sourdough Discard

While baking with sourdough discard is rewarding and flavorful, it can also be a little tricky. Here are some practical tips to help you get the most of baking with sourdough discard recipes.

Maintain a Healthy Starter

To have a consistent source of discard, maintain a healthy sourdough starter. Regularly feed it with flour and water to keep it active and vibrant.

Collect and Store Discard

Whenever you feed your starter, save the portion you remove (discard) in a separate container. Store it in the refrigerator until you’re ready to use it in recipes.

Use Discard at Its Peak

Sourdough discard is best used when it’s at its peak activity, about 4-8 hours after feeding. It should be bubbly and slightly tangy.

Make sure to read this post all about caring for and feeding your sourdough starter!

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31 Perfect Sourdough Discard Recipes to Unlock Your Inner Baker

Now that you have a good idea what sourdough discard is, here are 31 ways to make sure your excess sourdough starter never goes to waste!

31 Perfect Sourdough Recipes to Unlock Your Inner Baker

Enjoy these 31 best sourdough discard recipes for using up lots of excess starter. Each recipe is a creative way to use discard starter. As you put your starter to good use, you'll enjoy each of these different ways to use leftover sourdough discard. We think unfed sourdough starter (discard) is one of the best things about your sourdough journey!

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About Michelle Marine

Michelle Marine is the author of How to Raise Chickens for Meat, a long-time green-living enthusiast, and rural Iowa mom of four. She empowers families to grow and eat seasonal, local foods; to reduce their ecological footprint; and to come together through impactful travel.

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