***** I have been using this starter with the 3/4 cup sugar feeding option for 2 1/2 years. It can also be switched over to Splenda after well established, if you want less sugar with the same flavor. Splenda starter bread rises higher than with the sugar. The bread recipe I use is slightly different than Becky's but basically the same. See it for comments, too. The starter does need to be able to "breathe", so it can't be tightly covered. My version said you were supposed to feed twice before using any of the starter. After that, it's every 3 to 5 days. I found that if I left more than 2 cups in the jar, the feeding solution wasn't enough to support the extra, so I now leave between 1 1/2 and 2 cups after taking my baking portion out after feeding. Perhaps that's why some people's kept losing strength. The feeding solution is figured to sustain only 2 cups of starter. Baby Rice cereal can be switched for potato flakes if you are adverturous. It makes a slightly sweeter, finer textured bread we really liked. Baby Oatmeal never worked for me. Bread made with a starter switched to it wasn't tasty.
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***** I have been using this starter with the 3/4 cup sugar feeding option for 2 1/2 years....