Home is where the heart is

About Me

My photo

Welcome to my Sustainable addiction! I am a DIY addict, Wife, Mother and Grandmother.  I enjoy sharing my all natural recipes, cooking, cleaning, personal hygiene items, gardening and all things sustainable including my farming.  
We are a family owned, woman run small farm located near the Edisto River in Dorchester County SC.
Our farming operation consists of poultry, quail, eggs, dairy and meat goats. You can buy from us with confidence as we hold a permit from SC to sell Poultry and are also licensed as a Wholesale Egg Distributor.
Through our farming practices we provide for our community a variety of Poultry breeds, Heavy dual purpose birds, exotic and ornamental chickens as well as Cortunix Quail that are heat tolerant for our hot SC Summers. 

Whether you are looking for Farm Fresh Eggs, Fertile eggs for hatching (Chicken and Quail), hatchlings, grown birds or Dairy and Meat Goats (seasonal births) we have a large selection of beautiful animals.  
We also have Dairy Goats and kids. Current 2017 births so far are 5 kids Nubian / Alpine Saneen cross and 2 Nubian / Toggenburg Cross.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Amish Friendship Bread Starter Mix - How to Feed & Use

Amish Friendship Bread Starter mix is one of those gifts that keep on giving. Many "Church Ladies" will share this recipe with their friends throughout the year. Once you get a starter (1 cup) of this stuff you can keep it indefinitely. I love having this starter mix during the fall and winter as it can be used in so many recipes.Quite honestly once the weather starts turning warm though I would just make one final batch of baked goods and then wait until I got another starter. That was then, this is NOW. The one thing I have recently figured out is I did not have to keep on feeding it once I got tired of baking it or once the weather gets to warm to keep my oven rolling. I have compiled below for you the feeding schedule along with some tips and tricks that will help you to keep yours good for a long, LONG time!

When you are given your starter it always comes with feeding instructions. The one thing I would like to add EMPHASIS to is those instructions are  F L E X I B L E  and you will see what I mean later on in the article. Your basic instructions look like this.

Amish Friendship Bread Starter

Take your 1 cup of starter: Day 1, 2, 3, and 4 – stir each day.

Day 5, add 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar, and 1 cup milk. Stir well.

Day 6,7,8, and 9 – stir each day. 

On day 10 add 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar, and 1 cup milk. 

Stir and put 1 cup of mixture in another container. This will be YOUR starter that you keep going. Tomorrow you will begin this process over. 

Put a lid on the container or use a gallon size zipper bag. * Important note - you do NOT put this in the refrigerator - leave it sitting out on your counter ALWAYS.
If you use a ziplock bag like I do, make sure you open it daily to let the air out of it, otherwise it will pop it open from the fermenting.

If you have two friends to give some of the starter to, take 1 cup each and put into gallon size zipper bags to give away. This will leave you enough to make 2 Loaves.

If you only take out 1 cup of starter to save for the next batch, you will have enough starter left to make 4 loaves of the basic Sweet Cinnamon Bread.

Tips and tricks  aka - things I have learned

There have been many times when I had no one left to share my starter with and I hate the idea of throwing things away. I have made 4 - 8 loaves at a time, given them away OR placed them in the freezer and they were just as good when thawed :)

 I have fed the batch at 1/2 the measurements listed above so I did not have to bake 4 loaves every 10 days. This will leave you with 3 cups of the starter, 2 for baking and 1 for reserve feedings.

If you do not like the idea of "baking on demand" or life just gets in the way of your plans "Don't" Worry! I have used the starter every where in between 5 days and 15 days, just make sure that you "feed it" and reserve another cup out for your new starter before you plan on baking with it!

If you get tired of baking, summer comes and gets to hot or you go on vacation  YOU can freeze the starter!  When you take it out of the freezer just pick up where you left off (if you were on day 1 start on day 1 instructions etc. - I have done this as well and all is GOOD. I do suggest, if you leave it in your freezer for a couple of months, start over on day 5 once it is thawed and at room temperature, and use 1 cup Warm milk with 1 tsp of yeast to help it get activated again, along with the flour and sugar.

When using this starter in other recipes, simply use it as a replacement for all or some of the water or milk called for in the recipe (up to 1 cup)

As awesome as the Cinnamon Amish friendship bread is, do not limit this starter to just that. It is a wonderful addition to use in Blueberry Muffins, Yeast Rolls, Hawaiian Sweet Bread, Pound Cakes, Crescent Rolls and English muffins to name a few. Be creative :)