You know what sourdough discard is from my class or from reading this post.
If it’s called “discard”, why do you save it? Great question!
Here are a few reasons why I save mine and why I think it’s a great idea for you to start saving sourdough discard as well. Read the list or watch the video below to learn more!
Reasons to Save Discard:
- Have an emergency backup supply just in case of emergency.
- I’ve had students who have dropped their jar of starter and the glass shattered or a well meaning guest washed out their container of starter. Having a jar of discard saved in your fridge will allow you to take a tablespoon, feed it, and begin a new batch.
- Use it to make sourdough discard recipes.
- You can find sourdough discard recipes on my site under the category Sourdough Discard Recipes.
- Sourdough discard can be used as a dairy/buttermilk substitute once it gets to a runny liquid state.
If you are wondering how to save it, see this post: Sourdough Discard Part 2: How do you save it?
You don’t have to save your discard, but even keeping a small jar that you rotate out every month may give you peace of mind so that you can have emergency backup!
For a more complete introduction to sourdough, check out my Sourdough Quick Start Guide here: