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How to use your Sourdough Discard – ZERO WASTE!

HOW TO USE YOUR SOURDOUGH DISCARD - Zero Waste: use these ideas to make some incredibly delicious meals & snacks with your sourdough discard & you'll have zero waste!

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How to use your Sourdough Discard – zero waste

Use these ideas to make some incredibly delicious meals & snacks with your sourdough discard & you’ll have zero waste!

Fry up your Sourdough Discard and have zero waste when making your gluten free sourdough starter! easy sourdough discard recipe, quick & easy sourdough discard recipe, what to do with sourdough discard
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SOURDOUGH DISCARD RECIPES

You can find TONS of ideas online for what to do with your sourdough discard! I believe in having as little waste as possible, so once we are done creating our starters I’ll show you my zero waste method that will allow you to have NO waste at all! Below are some of my favs as well as links to recipes I’ve created (more coming soon).

I am working hard to bring you my recipes as they are all gluten, egg, corn free with dairy & nut free options, with many being vegan as well! I have found this combination of dietary needs particularly difficult to find recipes to make! So I promise to post mine as soon as I can!

MY FAVOURITE DISCARD RECIPES (GLUTEN FREE)

DISCARD RECIPES (WHEAT STARTER)

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HOW LONG CAN I KEEP MY SOURDOUGH DISCARD?

HOW TO STORE SOURDOUGH DISCARD

I will say it is best to use your discard within 24 hours, BUT, life gets busy and this is often hard to do right? If you can use it within 24hrs just leave it on the countertop until use. If not, here’s what I do when I can’t use my discard the same day or within 24 hours:

1) KEEP A SOURDOUGH DISCARD JAR IN THE FRIDGE!

This incredibly easy to follow video series is a daily follow along that will show you how to make a gluten free sourdough starter from scratch! I'll also show you how to make a wheat sourdough starter from scratch! With this starter, you can create all sorts of incredible bakes that are vegan (no eggs, no dairy), allergen-friendly, refined sugar-free, oat-free, gum-free, soy-free, and nut-free! Please follow along with me as I share with you my intuitive approach to building & maintaining a sourdough starter, whether it's gluten free or not! sourdough baking, sourdough starter, gluten free sourdough starter, glutenfreesourdough, gfvegan, gfvbaking

If I know I don’t want to bake with my discard within 24 hours, I place it in a sealed jar in the fridge. I find it lasts for about a week or so before it becomes too sour for me to bake with, especially for sweet recipes. I continue to add to my discard jar until I want to bake. This is great for those days you just don’t want to deal with the discard right away, but still keeps waste down!

2) THROW SOURDOUGH DISCARD IN A PAN WITH OLIVE OIL!

A good friend of mine, Shanley, gave me the idea to just throw your discard directly in a frying pan with a little olive oil & your favourite spices! Below is a picture of my new favourite quick & easy discard recipe:

3) PLAN TO HAVE MINIMAL OR NO SOURDOUGH DISCARD AT ALL?

BUT HOW DO I HAVE ZERO SOURDOUGH DISCARD?

When you maintain very little starter in the refrigerator and replenish weekly it is possible to calculate exact amounts so that you use some starter to create your leaven, then replenish the rest! This is the method that I use. I have zero waste if I keep to my usual baking schedule. If I decide I want to bake more often, then I’ll have a very minimal amount of discard. I am currently working on a video to show you exactly how I do this and I’ll post it as soon as it’s ready!

4) SHARE YOUR SOURDOUGH DISCARD WITH A FRIEND!

Sharing is caring right? Have a friend or family member who’d like to learn to make sourdough? Save them the time to make a starter by giving them some of your discard! Just make sure to feed it for them before you share so that it starts off happy! I’d also recommend that the new care giver of your starter offshoot watches my video series so that they understand how and why we feed & replenish our starter to keep it healthy, vital & active!

It is not so much that the sourdough discard goes bad if left on the counter at room temp (21C or 70F)…it just continues to ferment. Remember that the temperature of the environment is one of the “Biggie Factors” that affect the healthy & vitality of your starter, as well as the rate or speed of fermentation! Eventually, as the starter continues to ferment, the bacteria will start to take over, creating a very acidic environment, which will then kill the yeast. So as time passes (within 48hours on the counter & about a week in the fridge) the starter will become too acidic to be used in baked goods & will lose its leavening power. If you love sour flavours, this might be just your thing! However, some bakers do suggest to place it in the freezer. I have not done this but it is definitely an option!

With all that being said, the starter will eventually begin to grow mold if left unfed. So make sure to use your senses, sight & smell!

SMELL: Does it smell very acidic or like nail polish = time to compost your sourdough discard!

SIGHT: Does it have lots of hooch that has greyed in colour? Is there funny coloured spots on top? = time to compost your discard!

IT’S BEEN > A WEEK CAN I STILL USE MY DISCARD?

That depends! Check the above notes, smell & look at your discard. Does it smell tangy with a mild sour smell, kind of like buttermilk, or plain yogurt? Or does it smell like nail polish remover and or have spots of discolouration?

You want to use starter that is still in healthy condition, it should not smell or look bad in any way! If it does, compost it. The earth will love it!

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I know you’ll just love this easy to follow daily video series to help you make your own sourdough starter from scratch! If you try it, or any of the discard recipes above, please add a rating onto the recipe below or at the top of the post as it helps Google recognize the recipe & my website which will help show it to more people. I’d love to see our community grow!

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Please share with us! What is your favourite thing to make with your sourdough discard?

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Fry up your Sourdough Discard and have zero waste when making your gluten free sourdough starter! easy sourdough discard recipe, quick & easy sourdough discard recipe, what to do with sourdough discard

QUICK SOURDOUGH DISCARD FLATBREAD

A good friend of mine, Shanley, gave me the idea to just throw your discard directly in a frying pan with a little olive oil & your favourite spices! This is my new favourite quick & easy discard recipe!
5 from 1 vote
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 2

Equipment Needed

Author: Trish

INGREDIENTS
 

  • 100-150 g Sourdough Discard
  • 4 Olives Chopped. I like kalamata olives (optional)
  • 1 tsp Olive Oil
  • ¼ tsp Oregano
  • ¼ tsp Rosemary
  • 1 pinch Salt (1/16 tsp) I like flaky salt
  • 1 bunch Greens (microgreens like arugula, pea shoots etc) optional
  • 3 slices Avocado optional

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Heat olive oil on medium then add sourdough discard.
  • Sprinkle your choice of spices & or olives on top.
  • Fry for 3-5 mins & flip over, fry for 3-5 mins until golden on both sides.
  • Top with your favourite toppings.

Notes

  • Make this your own by adding your favourite spices & toppings
  • Please share your favourite flavours in the comments so we can all enjoy!

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
QUICK SOURDOUGH DISCARD FLATBREAD
Amount per Serving
Calories
81
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
5.3
g
8
%
Saturated Fat
 
0.8
g
5
%
Sodium
 
156
mg
7
%
Potassium
 
50
mg
1
%
Carbohydrates
 
7
g
2
%
Fiber
 
1.9
g
8
%
Sugar
 
0.1
g
0
%
Calcium
 
19
mg
2
%
Iron
 
2
mg
11
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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2 Responses

  1. 5 stars
    I made mine into a little personal pizza! PERFECT! I was looking everywhere for a straightforward unfed discard recipe, and this is IT!

    Tip… Cast iron pans make all the difference, it stuck like mad to my stainless steel pan at first…I had to switch halfway to cast iron.

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