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How To Add Yeast To Sourdough Starter and Maintain It
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How To Add Yeast To Sourdough Starter and Maintain It

Did you know that you can add yeast to a sourdough starter? Here's how you can make a quick pre-ferment at home for tangy sourdough bread! Sourdough starters are incredibly delicious and flavorful pre-ferments that help add a tangy flavor and open chewy crumb. However, making these can be quite time-consuming. Luckily, we have developed a quick and effective starter recipe that will be ready to use in only 5 days!
Prep Time5 mins
5 d
Total Time5 d 5 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: add yeast to sourdough starter, can you add yeast after dough is mixed, quick sourdough starter, sourdough starter recipe with yeast
Servings: 4 cups per-day


  • Medium glass mixing bowl
  • Large glass mixing bowl
  • Rubber or silicone spatula
  • Large glass jar or container
  • Cheesecloth
  • Rubber band or string



  • Activate the yeast.
    In a medium mixing bowl, combine the active dry yeast and the lukewarm water. Do not heat the water too much as it will kill the yeast. Mix the ingredients with a wooden spoon until all of the yeast has dissolved.
    5 grams active dry yeast, 1 cup lukewarm water
  • Add the yeast to the flour.
    Next, add bread flour into a large glass mixing bowl. Add the yeasty water mixture to the flour. Combine the ingredients using a wooden spoon.
    You can continue mixing until you have a smooth batter-like mixture.
    1 cup bread flour
  • Store the starter.
    Pour your quick sourdough starter into a large glass container that is at least 4 or 5 times bigger than your starter. The starter should have more than enough space to grow.
    Cover the top of the container with 2 layers of cheesecloth and secure it with a rubber band or string.
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