Traveling with Sourdough

Sometime ago I read in a book that I can’t remember that 19th Century European
immigrants brought their sourdough with them on the boat. Apparently, people would allow some sourdough starter to dry in a handkerchief and later re-hydrate it in their new home across the ocean. I’ve wanted to try this out ever since and took the opportunity to bring some dried starter when visiting family out of state for Christmas. I skipped the handkerchief in favor of a plastic baggie and took a plane instead of a boat, but I am pleased to say it worked like a charm. After two feedings the starter was rising beautifully and was promptly made into bread. 🙂

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