Sourdough is a must on any homestead and for anyone wanting to step away from processed supermarket food and move towards a more healthy, organic and sustainable lifestyle.
Sourdough is a delicious traditional fermented dough that has many health benefits and a unique, delicious and tangy flavour that no other bread can compare. You can use sourdough in so many ways, not just bread making.
So why should you have your own sourdough? Well other then the delicious flavour, I think the amazing health benifits are a great place to start.
The Health Benifits
These benifits include- prebiotics, antioxidants, increased nutrient absorption, improved digestion, and preservative free.
Prebiotics– Sourdough acts as a pre biotic. Prebiotics are a type of fibre that feed the good bacteria in your gut keeping your gut healthy.
Antioxidants– The lactic acid bacteria produced during the fermentation remains after baking and contains antioxidants, which help protect your body against illness.
Increased Nutrient Absorbtion– The fermenting process in sourdough helps break down Phytic acid. This acid is found in grains to keep them from spoiling, but it interferes with the absorption of certain nutrients such as iron, zinc and calcium. By using your sourdough starter to make your bread, you neutralise the phytic acid and allow more nutrient absorption.
Improved Digestion– Sourdough is not gluten free, but it is easier on the digestive system for those experiencing gluten intolerance or sensitivity. Its the long fermenting process in making sourdough that improves the digestion of the gluten proteins known for causing the intolerances. Also sourdough process breaks down the fructans (a carbohydrate found in wheat), which makes it easier on the digestive system.
Preservative Free– Homemade sourdough bread has a very basic ingredients list compared to store bought supermarket bread. The bread sold in supermarkets have sugars, oils, chemicals and preservatives in them. These are added because they can’t resist mold or stay as fresh as sourdough.
Not just bread
When we say sourdough most people think of bread, but it is so versatile and healthy that we can use it in endless ways, and incorporate it into any recipe. I use sourdough on a weekly or daily basis and I haven’t even scratched the surface of the recipes out there.
Hopefully now your thinking, ‘hmm sourdough would be great to have in our kitchen’.
But you are also thinking, it sounds complicated and you don’t know where to start. Well dont you worry I’ve got you covered, because I know exactly how you feel, because I felt the same way. I would think things like….. I don’t have time, it seems complicated, is it even worth it, or I’ll just stuff it up. You know what, I did stuff it up multiple times, but now I can crank out a couple loaves each morning, cook delicious golden sourdough crumpets and make healthy preservative free sourdough crackers that our kids devour……and you can to, because I’m going to show you how.
To get you started I have written a step by step guide on How to Make A Sourdough Starter (the culture base of all sourdough recipes). I also have a simple Sourdough Bread recipe that I use on a daily basis and a bunch of other sourdough recipes for you to try. Recipes such as sourdough crumpets, pancakes and crackers.
Let me know how you go and feel free to ask me any questions, I would love to help and encourage you.