Sourdough Starters & Baking
Learn all about sourdough starters for bread baking and more with Liz Sassen of Homestead Restaurant! We will discuss techniques, maintenance and troubleshooting for your new sourdough starters that Liz will share. Each student will also create and shape a loaf to proof, take home and bake the next day. There will be plenty of samples to taste and recipes to inspire. Students are asked to bring in a thin towel and a deep bowl or strainer/colander approximately 8 inches in diameter to transport their shaped dough home. Alternatively, students may purchase a proofing basket and muslin cloth here at the shop for an additional $20. (A proofing basket will be a valuable resource for future bread baking endeavors.)
I began my journey over 10 years ago working in high-end food service with a special focus on local, sustainable and handmade food. I have classical training in serving wine, cheese and beer. Partway through my career, I began to desire a more intimate connection with the food and beverages I loved. I learned about sustainable farming through the work-travel organization World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF). I began to grow my own food making the most out of my urban garden space. Preserving the harvest was inherently the next step as I endeavoured further into urban homesteading. Soon, I was creating my own alchemy of ferments and preserves, taking quickly to Sandor Katz's book, Wild Fermentation. I interned with Teutonic Wine Company in Oregon, learning how to make wine naturally with only ambient yeasts. I learned to make yogurt and fresh cheese at home; and aged, unpasteurized cheese with Garden Variety Cheese Company in Watsonville, CA. I preferred the flavors and health benefits of these wild ferments and continued to explore these lesser-known, ancient methods of preserving. Through my studies, I was introduced to herbal medicine as yet another form of preserving. I apprenticed with the SF Herbalist assisting with their product line of Herban Elixirs. I continue to be driven by the desire to learn, create, and share.
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