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Hi Ellen! I’m so happy that you’ve found my recipes! You’re never too late to the bread baking party! So happy to have you! It might be better not to use metal spoons or utensils to mix your starter. Some say that it can have a reactive effect on the wild natural yeast. I can’t say that I’ve experimenting much in this department, I simply use plastic or wood chopsticks or spoons when I mix my starter. I do use a regular spoon to add flour to my starter, and that’s fine. I just don’t use it to mix. As for the bread, I’ve never baked with a stainless steel (All-Clad) Dutch oven, if you do try it, let us know how it goes. Just make sure that your pot is ok in a very hot 450° F oven. And use unbleached parchment paper under your loaf (and to transfer your loaf) to make sure it doesn’t stick to the bottom of your pot.

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Easiest GF Sourdough Starter
Hi! No, no. Don’t worry, it’s ok! You could also increase the flour and water to a little more too if you want. I would keep going, I wouldn’t start over. See how it’s doing in a couple of days.


Easiest GF Sourdough Starter
Hi Andrew! I’m a little late in replying. Did you decide to try baking a loaf? I keep my starter in the fridge and try to bake with it once per week. If I can’t bake for whatever reason, I will take it out feed it to keep it happy, wait a few hours until I see some activity then return it to the fridge. When I do take it out of the fridge to bake, I will try and feed it a couple of times to increase the activity before I use some in a bread recipe. So feed it once and wait for it to get active and then feed it again and wait a few hours then use some when it’s at its peak of activity. I hope this makes sense.


Easiest GF Sourdough Starter
Hi! Did you use brown rice flour? I’ve had a strange smell with a GF millet starter once but kept at it and within a few days it smelled wonderful and a little sweet but mild with a pleasant yeasty aroma. Adding lemon juice does improve the smell if you’re not loving how the starter is smelling during the process. Was your flour fresh? Was your water spring water?


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How to Make Grain-Free Bread
Hi Monique! Thank you! Have you tried creating a grain-free sourdough starter? Here’s a link to a recipe: https://www.freshisreal.com/grain-free-sourdough-starter-gf-v/ And then, creating a sourdough version of this recipe would be pretty easy. The main difference when using a sourdough starter in a bread recipe as opposed to a bread recipe without yeast is that the dough will need time to rest/rise a little. I’ll take a look at the recipe and give you more instructions once you’re ready to give it a go. I could test it right before too. Let me know once you have a happy grain-free sourdough starter.


Buckwheat Sourdough Loaf Gluten-Free Vegan
Hi Susanna! You can sub the oat flour for another light flour such as millet, sorghum, more light buckwheat, maybe teff flour or even almond meal/flour if you’re not allergic. I hope this helps!


Gluten-Free Sourdough Starter
Hi Katie! You haven’t done anything wrong. Starters can vary in activity day to day. If it was previously bubbly, that’s a great sign. How’s it doing today? If it smells a little stronger and acidic, remove half of what you have in your jar and give it a good feeding of up to 1 cup of fresh flour with just enough water to stir. Then give it a good 12 to 24 hours to transform into wild yeast. Once bubbly and active, consider trying some in a recipe.


7-Inch Sourdough Boule (GF/V)
Hi! Thank you so much for your lovely review and rating! If you don’t want to replace the oat flour with chickpea flour (like you tried), you could increase the seed flour to replace the 80g. Or introduce another gluten-free or grain-free flour that you have. Ideally, replacing the oat flour with another light GF flour is best. Replace by weight (80g). Do you have teff flour? What about sorghum or millet flour. Almond flour is excellent if you’re not allergic. As for adding whole seeds and nuts, go for it! Once your dough is well mixed, you could fold in (by hand) some of your favourite seeds/nuts. Half a cup of each or so would work well.


Healthy Morning Glory Muffins (GF + Vegan)
Hi Nadia! You could leave them out or add something else that you like instead. If you’re not allergic to nuts, walnuts would be great! You could also increase that oats to compensate but leaving it out is fine. If you find the batter a little too thin without shredded coconut add just enough extra oats to help thicken the batter.


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