Alaskan Sourdough Starter: The Mother Sponge (3)
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period in the Anchorage Daily News Sunday Lifestyle section. They include a mixture of Alaskan experiences from a variety of men and women; Alaskan born and transplants, Native and Non-native.

       Sourdough bread was a staple of Alaskan pioneers. A "sourdough" is a nickname used in the North (Yukon/Alaska) for someone having spent an entire winter north of the Arctic Circle and refers to their tradition of protecting their Sourdough during the coldest months by keeping it close to their body.

       All sourdough recipes begin with a starter — a mixture of flour, water and a little sugar. Sitting at room temperature, wild yeasts in the air and on the grain settle into the mix. The fermentation that occurs after a few days gives the starter its sour...

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