Have any of you ever tasted fresh, warm from the oven, sourdough bread? It has a singular flavor and texture. If you haven't ever had this delicacy, I HIGHLY recommend you try some. Oh...you don't have a bakery nearby? Well, guess what...I'm going to walk you through making ALL of it, including the starter, the very thing that makes most people fear baking sourdough bread.
First off, let me explain (for those who don't already know) what a starter is. Typically, when you use a bread recipe for home baking, it requires you to use active dry yeast to make it rise. A starter takes the yeast's place. Most recipes (there are exceptions) for regular bread CAN use a starter for the rise. Normally, you simply exchange 1 cup of starter for each packet (about 1 tablespoon) of active dry yeast.