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It's not just food... It's a way of life!

IT'S (still) ALIVE! 
Mar. 26, 2013 9:37 am 
Updated: Mar. 27, 2013 8:35 am
Yesterday was the first round of my 'wild yeast' refresh.  Seeing that it had to remain covered with a paper towel the whole time I have been unable to monitor it's progress and, to be quite honest, was expecting to either find a horrendous science experiment or a hard ball of dough bonded to the bottom of my bowl on a molecular level.  However, when I removed the cover I was pleasantly surprised to find a hard shell of dough with a mass of living dough in its center.  I removed all the hard dough and threw it out saving the living mass beneath.  I added the double amount of flour, more water and mixed until I had a new mass of dough, no perverted with the living yeast from the air around me.  I covered once again with a damp paper towel and set the timer again for 2 days.  I will have to preform another refresh with a full cup of flour tomorrow after work and then it will rest for one more day before I have will a full batch of wild St Augustine yeast starter.

I will post another update when I refresh the starter again tomorrow

Until then - Keep cooking!

P.S. - I have had a few people ask me for the steps that I am following to create my starter.  Once I can make it all the way through the process from raw dough, to starter, to Sourdough bread I will post on my blog the steps I had taken.  I'd hate to post my steps and have it only work half way.
Wild yeast after shell has been removed but before the flour refresh.
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Wild yeast refreshed - 1/2 cup of fresh flour and water added with the starter.
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Mar. 26, 2013 7:28 pm
I would think you'll have good success if the air is as humid as it is on the coast here in NY.
Mar. 26, 2013 10:26 pm
So much fun to watch this progression! Thanks for keeping us posted. Good luck with the next step!
Mar. 27, 2013 8:35 am
Thank you for the update. It is neat watching the process.
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I have learned to cook from my father from about the age of 12. As the years passed my ability to cook advanced. I now reside in St Augustine, FL with my lovely wife Carrie, our son Bryce and our daughter Olivia. Everyone loves it that I love to cook and do it as well as I do.
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I love to cook bread. I have just started to really get into bread baking but I have loved it each time I try another loaf. I am a huge advocate of wanting to force myself to learn something new - even if it's territory that has been threaded for decades before me it's a craft I still want to learn.
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My family's biggest tradition comes during the winter time. Every Saturday, when snow was still on the ground my dad (or I) would wake up early and cook a mound of "German Pancakes", a simple fried pancake, but still to this day, brings back fond memories of the good-o-days.
My cooking triumphs
Christmas Eve Dinner 2012 - I made a slow cooker turkey breast with homemade turkey gravy, garlic mashed potatoes, Italian oven roasted Brussels sprouts and crescent rolls. It was a timing nightmare but it was all worth it once it was done!
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My biggest cooking tragedy would have to be from when I first started to cook solo after my wife and I had first moved in together. I made a drastic rookie error. I finished frying some breaded pork chops and not thinking I emptied the still hot pan of oil right into the sink where there was a pool of standing water sitting by the drain... The oil erupted back at me landing on my arms. It took about a week for my burns to heal. The chops were good though!
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