The changing seasons
🌞🍞 Hey there, Sourdough Squad! As the warmer seasons roll in, it’s time to talk about how temperature changes can affect our beloved sourdough starters. Those of us in the northern hemisphere are especially excited about this transition, so let’s dive into what we need to look out for and how to handle it like seasoned sourdough enthusiasts! 🌡️❄️🌸
🌡️ First things first, temperature plays a crucial role in the life of our sourdough starters. Warmer weather tends to speed up fermentation, which can have both positive and challenging effects. Here are a few key points to keep in mind:
1️⃣ Increased Activity: With rising temperatures, your sourdough starter may become more active and exhibit rapid fermentation. This means it might rise and fall more quickly than usual. Don’t worry, this is completely normal!
2️⃣ Shortened Fermentation Time: Warmer climates may shorten the time it takes for your starter to mature and reach its peak. Keep a closer eye on it to prevent overfermentation. Adjusting your feeding schedule may be necessary.
3️⃣ Hydration Adjustments: In hotter weather, you may find that your starter is thirstier. It may require more frequent feedings or a higher hydration level to maintain its vigor. Feel free to tweak your ratios until you find the sweet spot.
4️⃣ Starter Storage: If you’re experiencing scorching temperatures, consider relocating your starter to a cooler spot in your home. Extreme heat can potentially harm the delicate balance of microbes. Find a cozy corner away from direct sunlight or invest in a temperature-controlled storage solution.
🌸 Remember, every sourdough starter is unique, so it’s essential to observe and adapt to the specific needs of your starter during the changing seasons. Don’t be afraid to experiment and find what works best for you and your bubbly companion!
🌞🌻 Keep in mind that sourdough is all about patience and nurturing, just like a plant in your garden. Be mindful of the climate changes, adjust your feeding schedule and hydration levels accordingly, and your sourdough starter will reward you with delicious loaves of bread all summer long.
Happy baking, and may your sourdough adventures be filled with warmth and joy! 💛🥖