The challenge? Once you have all this fantastic sourdough starter, what do you do with it? There’s only so much sourdough bread you can make – so people tell me – and when you have to toss some of the sourdough starter as you’re growing it, well… I hate waste.
Fortunately, there are a ton of sourdough starter discard recipes to create some absolutely delicious breads and more. When you discard it, add it to one of these recipes and enjoy the results.
Sourdough Starter Discard Recipes
Don't just throw away your sourdough starter when you grow your baby. Instead, use it in one of these fantastic recipes. Sourdough discard is perfect for so much more than just sourdough bread.
Yes, sourdough bread is traditionally more of a boule, but sandwich bread can be so much more useful on a day to day basis. Just trust me and try it in place of your traditional sandwich loaf next time.
If you're going to make pancakes, you have to try waffles, too. This recipe makes the batter the night before, which not only adds more flavor but also means you can start baking first thing in the morning. I call that a win win!
Scones are hands down one of my favorite foods. These pumpkin spice sourdough scones smell like heaven, and they taste even better. This isn't just a fall dish. Keep a can of pumpkin in your pantry and enjoy them ANY time of year!
My son would eat English muffins every day if I let him. I could go bankrupt buying them, but instead ... make them! These delicious English muffins are made with both active dry yeast and sourdough starter. The sourdough adds a delicious tang to the muffins, and the yeast allows this recipe to be made quicker than with just sourdough alone.
Coffee cake is one of the best brunch foods ever invented. This unique version has fresh cranberries that counteract a sweet base and the tang of the sourdough. Oh yeah, the double layer of crumb topping.
I grew up eating zucchini bread all summer long, and it's still one of my favorite quick breads. This adds a fantastic tang to a classic recipe and uses both extra sourdough starter and the zucchini growing wild in your garden.
I love muffins. They're that perfect breakfast but I feel like dessert food that you can make one day and enjoy later. I freeze half a batch every time I make some, which lets me have a grab and go breakfast or snack whenever I need it. These sourdough chocolate chip ones? How can you say no?
These biscuits are fluffy and light with just a slight sourdough tang. It's the perfect way to start your day. Enjoy them with your favorite eggs, a bit of preserves, or top them with a good sausage gravy.
If you've never had morning rounds before, you're missing out. They have so much texture and so many flavors, and sourdough is a perfect complement. Enjoy them as is or slather peanut butter over them.
If you've left your sourdough starter in the fridge unfed, this may be the perfect use for it. Make a simple rolled cracker recipe using discarded sourdough starter. A sprinkle of homemade za'atar spice takes these sourdough crackers to the next level.
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