Full Crock
A very dirty full crock of sourdough. I haven’t even stirred down the hooch!  I need to stir it down or I’ll end up with 1 bowl full of hooch…  ARGH!
Pour half the sourdough into a clean bowl.
Pour half the sourdough into a clean bowl. (Do stir it down first!)
Pour the rest into a different clean bowl.
Pour the rest into a different clean bowl.
So you end up with two bowls of sourdough starter. Leave both bowls on the counter.
So you end up with two bowls of sourdough starter. Leave both bowls safely on the counter while you clean the crock.
Fill the crock with water.
Fill the crock with water.
Let the crock soak until it's easy to clean
Let the crock soak until it’s easy to clean
There will still be some stuck on dough. Scour the outside of the crock with salt.
There will still be some stuck on dough. Scour the outside of the crock with salt. Never, ever, under any circumstances use scouring powder!
Scour the inside with salt.
Scour the inside with salt.
Rinse very well. (Salt inhibits yeast growth without actually killing the yeast.)
Rinse very well. (You don’t want to leave salt in the crock.  Salt inhibits yeast growth without actually killing the yeast.)
Don't forget to clean the lid.
Don’t forget to clean the lid.
Now you have 2 bowls of sourdough starter AND a clean crock.
Now you have 2 bowls of sourdough starter AND a clean crock.
Pour 1 bowl into the clean crock and put the crock into the refrigerator.
Pour 1 bowl into the clean crock and put the crock into the refrigerator.
So you end up with 1 bowl of starter. Use that bowl in a recipe, or dry it, or throw that bowl away.
So you end up with 1 bowl of starter. Use the starter in that bowl in a recipe, or dry it, or throw it away.
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