Day 2 – anytime in the morning
Throw away about ¾ of your initial mix, leaving the rest in the bowl. Add another 300g of organic wholewheat flour and 300ml of warm water. Leave the mixture uncovered for 1-2 hours, then cover it and leave to rest in a warm place.. By the end of day 2 you should start to see some small bubbles appear in the mix.
Day 4 – anytime in the morning
Again the mix should have grown to about twice the size it was the day before. This time you want to throw away all but 200g of your starter. To do this put your bowl on your scales and keep removing mixture until the weight reads 200g more than the weight of the empty bowl (see day 1).
Add another 300g of organic wholewheat flour and 300ml of warm water. Leave the mixture uncovered for 1-2 hours, then cover it and leave to rest in a warm place.
Day 5 - The starter should now be lively enough to use.
If you are making bread on day 5 then you will need to feed your starter following your chosen recipe. If not then you can keep it in the fridge in a kilner jar, where it will sit happily for at least a week without feeding. When you are ready to bake, just remove from the fridge and give it a fresh feed (details are in the actual bread recipe to come). Although you can keep a starter in the fridge for longer without a feed we’d recommend you give it a feed at least once a week to keep it lively and give it a bit of love!