A list of sourdough discard recipes you can make over and over with that inactive, unfed sourdough starter. Recipes from sweet, savory, breakfast and snacks. Never let that discard go to waste again!
I have been baking with a sourdough starter since the summer of 2019 and it still is such a powerful ingredient in my kitchen.
Besides bread, I think the biggest and best discovery with using a sourdough starter is the long list of things that can be made with it.
And not just with a fed, active starter but also with the less active sourdough starter discard.
Maybe you are asking yourself what can I use a sourdough discard for? What recipes can I make with a sourdough starter?
This post is here to encourage you to try something new or experiment with an idea of your own.
Don't have a starter yet? Learn how to make a sourdough starter.
- Active Starter vs Sourdough Discard?
- What Can I Make With Sourdough Discard?
- Sourdough Breakfast Bites
- Sourdough Discard Pancakes
- Sourdough Discard Toasted Almond Biscotti
- Sourdough Discard Scones
- Sourdough Blueberry Scones
- Sourdough Discard Waffles
- Sourdough Discard Naan
- Sourdough Discard Chocolate Brownie Cookies
- Sourdough Oatmeal Cookies
- Sourdough Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Sourdough Peanut Butter Cookies
- Sourdough Monster Cookies
- Sourdough Zucchini Bread
- Sourdough Banana Bread
- Sourdough Cornbread
- Sourdough Banana Muffins
- Sourdough Discard Lemon Poppyseed Muffins
- Sourdough Banana Oat Muffins
- Sourdough Chocolate Chip Muffins
- Sourdough Pumpkin Bread
- Sourdough Discard Crackers
- Sourdough Discard FAQs
- Sourdough Starter Resources
- Sourdough Discard Recipes
Active Starter vs Sourdough Discard?
An active sourdough starter is when it is fed and doubles in size, typically 6-8 hours after feeding. This is considered active and once the starter "falls" or goes flat again it is no longer active.
The sourdough starter that is unfed and inactive is referred to as unfed sourdough starter or sourdough discard.
Just because it is referred to as the discard does not actually mean to discard it! It is still a living, active culture and can be used in so many different ways.
What Can I Make With Sourdough Discard?
Sourdough discard can be added to just about any recipe that calls for some kind of leavening agent.
Leavening agents are those things that give rise to our baked goods. Typically in the form of baking soda, powder, or instant yeast. A sourdough starter does the same thing.
Just about everything from pancakes to cookies, quick bread, and even homemade crackers. The possibilities are endless.
This list consists of my own recipes and favorite ways I enjoy using my leftover sourdough starter, as well as some popular recipes from other food bloggers.
Keep in mind while reading these recipes that sometimes discard can also be referred to as an unfed or inactive starter. These terms are all interchangeable and essentially mean the same thing.
I'm sure there are so many delicious recipes I did not include. If you have made any of these or have one to share leave a comment below!
Sourdough Discard FAQs
There are so many different recipes you can make with a sourdough discard. Cookies, quick breads, naan, pizza crust, muffins, scones, crackers, waffles and pancakes. Double any recipes to use up a lot of discard.
If kept at room temperature discard can sit on the counter for 1-2 days. If left out any longer it can start to develop mold or bacteria. If your house is on the cooler side it can sit out a little longer.
Yes 2 day old starter can be used. As long as it doesn't smell rancid or have any signs of mold it is safe to use.
Sourdough Starter Resources
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Sourdough Discard Recipes
- Select which recipe you would like to use.
- Read the instructions. Each recipe will specify if you need an active starter or if you can use discard.
- Make and enjoy!
- Share in the comments what you made.