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Old 06-27-2008, 10:12 AM
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Default Sourdough starter on holiday...

...or rather we will be for nearly three weeks. The sourdough has to stay home

So what should I best do with it? Just leave it in the fridge, ask someone to look after it for me while I'm gone (dough sitting...) or put it in the deep freeze?
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Old 06-27-2008, 11:06 AM
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I'd give it a hefty feeding and leave it in the fridge. I accidentally left mine out on the counter for a week and was still able to bring it back. I've also let it hang out in the fridge for about 2 weeks w/o any ill effects.
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Old 06-27-2008, 12:32 PM
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Mine survived unattended in the fridge for months. My understanding (which may be flawed) is that the acidity of the starter inhibits mold growth. My starter doesn't make particularly sour tasting bread, but I think that just means I have more lactic acid and less acetic acid.

Or something.
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Old 06-27-2008, 01:55 PM
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...or rather we will be for nearly three weeks. The sourdough has to stay home
Well if it was a pet you would get someone to come over and check up on it, a starter has to be as important. Hire a sitter.
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Old 06-28-2008, 02:18 PM
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Well if it was a pet you would get someone to come over and check up on it, a starter has to be as important. Hire a sitter.
Yeah, but what if they don't treat it right? You know, use strong language in its hearing, let it stay up late nights, stuff it with junk food, or worse ...

I could end up coming back to a traumatised sourdough culture...!!!
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Old 06-29-2008, 05:51 PM
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Frances, my poor, abused starter bounced right back - I'm sure it will be OK but if not, you did it once, so you know you can at least make more if it comes to that. Have a great holiday (sigh of envy here!) and don't even think about that starter while you're gone!
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Old 06-29-2008, 07:28 PM
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Yeah....just like stated above, dump half - feed it - stick it in the fridge tightly covered. I have a backup sitting in the back of my fridge that lives in a tightly sealed crock. It comes out about once every 2-3 months. I let it warm up on the counter. Same story - dump half and feed it. Bubbles right up. Another snack and nighty-night.
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Old 06-29-2008, 07:57 PM
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Don't worry a bit...3 weeks in the fridge...no harm at all!!!
Just enjoy the trip!
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Old 06-30-2008, 03:38 AM
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Right, I'll do that. Thanks guys and girl(s)

We're leaving on Friday for two weeks in the Bretagne, France (would that be Brittany in English I wonder?) and on the way back we'll be stopping off at Disney World Paris for a couple of days ... but I'm sure the kids will enjoy it...
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Old 06-30-2008, 02:31 PM
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Brittany indeed! I spent a (fantastic) year of my university career living in Rennes, so my envy is very real. Enjoy the vacation!
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