Category Archives: Cultures

Each order comes with instructions for use. For recipes and further information the baker should acquire the book Revised Classic Sourdoughs.

Revised Classic Sourdoughs was written to anticipate and answer the many questions of first time sourdough bakers as well as the old time sourdough addicts. In addition we have included brief instruction booklets with some of the cultures that we thought might be helpful to smooth the way.

Australia (Tasmanian Devil)

This culture produces breads with a distinctive flavor and texture. It was captured with spelt flour and does very well with spelt and kamut. We … » read more

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Austria Culture

This culture is from the old section of Innsbruck. The bakery carries a sign over the over the entrance proclaiming 1795 as the year the … » read more

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Bahrain Culture

Bahrain is thought by many to be the ancient Garden of Eden. Since antiquity it has been the place where East meets West. It is … » read more

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Egypt: The Giza culture

The bakery where this culture was found dated straight back to antiquity and was in the shadow of the pyramids. This is probably the culture … » read more

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Egypt: The Red Sea culture

This culture is from one of the oldest ethnic bakeries in Egypt. It was found in Hurghada of the shore of the Red Sea when … » read more

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Finland Culture

This culture is hard to describe, as the wonderful and distinctive flavor and aroma it imparts are truly “indescribable”. It rises well.
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France Culture

The French sourdough is from a small bakery on the outskirts of Paris that has been in business for over 150 years. The starter rises … » read more

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Italian Cultures (includes 2)

We searched unsuccessfully for Italian cultures for several years when an unexpected email arrived from an Italian student studying in the UK announcing he had … » read more

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New Zealand Cultures (includes 2)

Excellent for the beginner

In 2003 we acquired one of these cultures from Kristeva Dowling (now in Canada). It is one of the easiest and … » read more

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Original San Francisco Culture

In 1997 we acquired the authentic San Francisco culture with the wild yeast now classified as Candida humilis and with the bacteria classified as Lactobacillus » read more

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Poland Culture

This is our newest acquisition. I received an email from the UK describing a Polish culture that included one word, PUMPERNICKLE, that convinced me it … » read more

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Russia Culture

We received this culture from Russian-born Tanya Bevin who contacted us because she was in culture shock from our commercial breads and was looking for … » read more

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Saudi Arabia Culture

The Saudis have completely transformed their country in the last fifty years from a collection of villages to a country of modern cities equal to … » read more

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South African Culture

This culture was collected by Gray Handcock in Kenilworth, a suburb of CapeTown, South Africa. He told me he always uses pure whole wheat with … » read more

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Yukon Culture

When we were in Saudi Arabia this culture was given to us by a former medical school classmate who was there at the same time.  … » read more

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