My first try baking bread
Order arrived on time. There was lots of email communication letting me know shipping progress. Starter is great and I just love the micro containers.
This is a simple sourdough starter recipe with 80gm of sourdough starter I created using this amazing kit. Other ingredients salt 9gm, flour (bread flour) 500gm and water. The resulting bread is fantastic and the starter is flourishing.
This kit is excellent! Perfect for anyone new to sourdough and a little intimidated of making the starter from scratch. I received the kit in just a few days and was able to get the provided starter going successfully. It did take me a couple of weeks to really work out the best feeding ratios, but the starter is now healthy and grows predictably. Thanks so much!
The starter kit arrived quickly and worked as advertised. You can see the bubbles firmed at the bottom of the jar. The instructions were detailed and clear.
Great kit. I especially love the glass jars so you can see how much the starter rises. Having two jars allows you to use one for your levain (used in recipe) and the other for your starter. Clean the jar after you use the levain and repeat. The little black rubber bands are great too! “Ozzy” is still going strong even after its long transit over a holiday weekend.
Great purchase! We are enjoying homemade bread several times a week. Well worth the price and all the items are great quality and do make the process easier. The videos are super helpfull and detailed also very inspiring. I started making sourdough March of 2020 when the craze hit but let my starter die off. I wanted a quick start up so bought the kit and loved being able to just get baking in just a couple days. I highly recommend this started kit!
Worked great. Ended up with a healthy sour dough starter and on my second batch of sour dough pizzas. Also made scones with the waste sour dough starter. Because of the right size of the starter jars I have not had to truly waste any starter to compost - or the trash or the sink. Great system. Wish I started using your system earlier.
I'm very happy I purchased the kit. At first I was disappointed by the size of the scale, but I've since realized it will be handy to take on the road so I can keep my starter going while I'm away. Ozzy is alive and growing to like Florida. I've done one bake so far and the result was great. Thanks.
A happy customer,
Love the kit! I’ve been baking for a couple of years, but accidentally used up all of my starter recently, so I bought this after eyeing the jars she uses. The scale is very cute and small. My daughter melted the jar on day three of revival, but fortunately I’d saved the other few grams of starter and the regular small mouth canning jar lids fit perfectly, so I’m all set. Vigorous starter in three days.
I love the kit; I’m still working on building up a strong starter, it was very cold the day it arrived so it is taking a little longer to get very active but it is getting there :)
Love the beakers - easy to measure starter’s growth - and the quality spatula fits perfectly. Definitely add the scale (takes 2 AAA batteries, not included)… it’s perfectly sized for the small beakers, and the .1 gram measurements are key for micro feeds. Very happy with my purchase (and I already had a robust starter).
I am a first time sourdough bread baker and a non-baker in general and this was my result! I am so excited! I watched Kristen’s easy to follow online tutorials like an eager student. Initially I had some trial and error getting the starter going due to inexperience and low temperature in my kitchen. I had success once I used a new, very low temperature heating pad made for pets. I’m looking forward to making sourdough pretzels and pizza dough as well. The kit, especially the jars, made the process much easier. Thank you Kristen and Matt!!
Short version? A great kit to get started making sourdough. Pick this up now and keep the scale included if you don't already have one!
This is the perfect kit for anyone wanting to get started but not knowing where. Combined with Kristen's videos on YouTube and all of her other great resources, I felt really comfortable getting started on my journey, learning how to bake! The kit came packaged very nicely and for me personally, I do wish I got the scale despite having one at home. Still, this is a great package that's put together thoughtfully and Kristen has also been very responsive on her social media accounts.
I LOVE this starter kit! What a tremendous time savings! Two nearly identical graduated cylinders (with lids!) of the perfect size make the (highly recommended) 2-3x per day feeding so quick and painless! Using the small-footprint digital scale (precise to 0.1g) which I recommend you order, I added a thick rubber band to one to make both exactly equal in weight (141g), then I can easily just dump all but 6g of my old starter (until it weighs 147g), throw in thimble of water and a scoopful of flour, stir, transfer to the clean cylinder, mark with rubber bands, rinse out the dirty cylinder, and done! No more cling wrap, no more dirtying multiple dishes and wiping down the sides of a jam jar. It used to be so onerous, I was feeding my old starter only 1x per day, which was making mediocre bread. My new loaves now have a much more consistent crumb and good oven rise (I don't spray the dough before baking, I add an ice cube every five minutes, which gives more rise without the leathery crust).
Of course the enclosed starter was better than my own, higher rising and with a better taste. I feed peak-to-peak, but like to push the levain two hours past its peak for a little more sour taste. I highly recommend this turnkey starter kit for any home bakers out there!
The culture has a very mild pleasant smell, produces excellent results. I also love the jars, might be not a necessity, but I love playing with my “chemistry set”. Spatula fits jars perfectly and does a surprisingly good job inside of a relatively small jar and the scale does a good job. Feeding doesn’t take much time once you get used to the routine. I love the smaller size and zero waste concept. It is something that is extremely important for me. All other recipes for the starter caused me so much pain because I’m not able to throw food away. So far I freeze my extra as recommended and made delicious (yes, I tried them) dog treats with the recipe from the Autoproofer app.
The thermometers didn’t last long, even with gentle washing by hand. Oh well. Once you know the temperature of the spot you put your starter, you don’t need a thermometer. The measuring cup which comes with the kit is a tad smaller than one needs to measure 35-40 grams of flour needed for 1:10 feeding, small issue. Also I like to keep my measuring cup inside of the flour container, so it might be nice to include a second one for water.
As for what can be improved it is the instructions. The booklet is very basic, and the videos show how to revive the starter which immediately starts tripling in volume. That didn’t happen for me. Probably my starter was too shocked during longer shipping in January. But once my starter didn’t perform as predicted I wasn’t sure if I had to continue to feed it as day 1 or day 2 routine, after extensive search on the website, I didn’t find the instructions for the less than stellar performance. Should I feed it later? Change the feeding proportions? So for over a week I had multiple jars with starter on multiple schedules trying to determine my next step. Not exactly “no fuss”. It improved when I started adding water which was a tad warmer (body temperature not the room temperature). After that the starter reliably doubles in volume every 12 hours. May be I was overthinking it, but I didn’t want to loose my pricey starter. If the instructions had more information about troubleshooting for imperfect scenarios it would be great. After all we purchase your starter because we are not good enough to develop our own.
Back to the good. Once the starter began behaving predictably, I was able to mix very good levian, it was floating in few hours and produced excellent bread, which was the ultimate goal.
Fantastic kit! Our home has enjoyed 4 loaves of sourdough already. Thanks!
Great sourdough starter supplies! I love the jars and have used them twice now.
The kit is great, love the jars. They make feeding the starter very easy. The Starter was very easy to activate and keep going. My daughter liked the bread made with your starter better than mine, even though the thought the bread tasted the same. Lol
Very nice product. I love the straight sides, they make it easy to scrape down and keep everything tidy.
I wanted a way to easily get the weigh of the starter in the jar without having to deal with the weight of the jar as well. To do this, I made a tare-equivalent weight from an old pill bottle that I filled with salt till it was exactly the same weight as the EMPTY starter jar, in my case 137g.
Now when I refresh the starter I first place the tare-equivalent weight on the scale and then tare it to zero. The empty scale now reads -137g. When I place the jar and starter on the scale, the jar (which weighs 137g) returns the weight to 0 and the weight shown on the scale is just the weight of the starter in the jar. So if I have 5 g of starter in the jar, the weight reads as 5g rather than 137g + 5g = 142g.
The package was rightfully packed in a very nice way and the instructions even for the beginners was simple to follow and execute, all the tools were made from a robust materials except the weighing scale is not stable/accurate in its reading which is fine for me because I have a good one already, the starter is really strong and requires only two refreshing sessions to be ready for use. the team handling the purchase was also amazing and professional in the whole process till receiving the package
After 4 days activating your stater, it now rises 5 times in les than 5 hours (fed 1-1-1). It's so beautiful! Thank you so much Kristen and Matt!
All arrived well packaged.
Ready for work.
Great product! Fast shipping and everything you need for the perfect starter. The starter I received refreshed easily in 4 feedings and is thriving. Thank you!
I love the jars, they are easy to read, just the right size, and the starter is fantastic. I was able to bake on the third day after feeding it. This is the perfect kit for home bakers, even though I have been baking for a while, this was a great addition and I would recommend this to anyone.
The YouTube video is amazing. It was so helpful to go along with the great starter directions.
Arrived within two days. Came to full strength within 3 days. Highly recommended
Great kit. I’m going to buy more of the jars, they are perfect. I’m having a little trouble getting Ozzie to work but I’m sure he’ll come around. Can’t wait. I’m in Florida and maybe Ozzie didn’t like the temperature in the truck. Anyway, I love the kit, well worth the price
I'm basically in LOVE with the Full Proof Baking sourdough starter kit! In the past I've created a starter from scratch, and it was a struggle to find tools that really worked efficiently. These starter kit jars are spot on PERFECT, as is the spatula and the scale (I love the small size of it!). And of course, knowing my starter ("Ruby") is a descendant of the great Ozzie makes me feel like there's a celebrity in my kitchen! Ruby came along so quickly! She's thriving - and has contributed to several tasty bakes already. Thank you, Kristen, for creating such a great set of tools - they've definitely added to the joy of my sourdough journey! ♥️
I previously bought the starter jar kit with two lovely jars, and decided to buy also the starter jar full kit a few days later.
Again, I've to mention that shipment arrived very well packed, all inside is safely secured to avoid any possible damage during shipment.
Content as described in web page, two nice jars, one scale, one spatula and one 50 ml scoop.
Can't wait to start using them with my next bakings, and I highly recommend it for any enthusiastic home baker.
Happy with everything except that my starter was a bit past it. I have been trying to resurrect it with the feeding schedule but I am afraid the time it took to get to me in Australia may have killed it off. Might I suggest that for international customers you could send dehydrated starter? I was really looking forward to using your starter! Thank you for your fabulous tutorials and helpful hints, recipes etc.
Christine Anne Marie M.
Fantastic purchase - beautiful quality and ingeniously designed. Extremely sturdy packaging too. My started was in transit to Canada (mid summer) for 15 days, but the starter doubled in size after 2 feedings! I'm an experienced sourdough bakers, but it all feels brand new and exciting again. Love playing with my new kit :-)
The jars are really useful for feeding the sourdough and seeing it rising, alongside with the room temperature, and they don't take much space in the fridge. The scale is handy and I use it now instead of my old, bulky scale.
Ozzy had a good travel to Switzerland, is growing fine and will soon be used for my next sourdough bread (I will compare it to my "old" levain).
All in all, a real good buym, although the taxes for Switzerland were real high, but for that I wouldn't blame Kristen, as the product is super and shipping cost is moderate.
So, I'm really happy with Ozzy and the Jars!
I'm very happy with the starter, it's so active with just a few feedings! My old starter has never been so active and I'm going to discard it for good. You'll never regret, it's top quality product and customer service is top-notch.
Measuring glasses are amazing.
Unfortunately Ozzy didn’t survive such a long travel.
I ordered it 5.8. and it arrived 17.8. even though i pay for the fastest possible shipping (3days) . I tried to bring it to the life by feeding 3times but i was not successful.
Not sure why the shipping took 4x longer:(
Really happy with the purchase of this starter kit. The sourdough starter was active on day 3 so I was able to bake a loaf of bread really quickly. The jars are nice and straight with great features such as temperature strip and markings so you can easily view how much your starter has risen. Having 2 jars makes it easy to have a clean one ready for the next feed.
It's also really convenient to be able to leave the jar, scale, scoop, and small spatula right out on the counter due to their small size. I already had a scale, jars, etc. but they were big to keep out on my counter. I also already had a starter but it was done with 'full proof baking' starter instructions so I just combined them. Full Proof Baking has really comprehensive instructions that are easy to follow. She's a wonderful teacher along with a great baker!
I’m just beginning to learn about sourdough and this kit was just what I needed to get started. The tutorial was so well explained and the starter was easy to activate. For now I’m still trying to figure out feeding ratios and temperatures- my starter is not rising as much as yours. But it’s alive ! Thank you for sharing your knowledge!
Absolutely love my new Sourdough Starter Kit - it took a while to arrive as it was held up at Customs due to the starter being part of the package. They eventually agreed to just take the starter out and send on the rest of the kit - but when it arrived the starter was still inside! I'm in Australia, so it may be worth sending the starter under separate cover or giving other Australian customers the option to just have it removed from the kit before posting as it causes problems at customs because it is classed as a food. I haven't used my kit yet, but looking forward to using it at the weekend. Thank you!
I use the glasses regulary, they help me when I refresh my levain and I love the measures printed over the glass.
So so worth it. Jump starts you into baking immediately!
Great little kit to maintain a starter. The starter it came with came to life within 2 days and the jars are great to keep it going.
I just love this starter kit. The little jars and to try Kristen’s starter were my reasons to place an order. The jars are terrific, but that scale really was a pleasant surprise. It is so darn cute. I prefer using it rather than the one I already owned. Detailed instructions are included on how to get the starter refreshed and thriving. An excellent product!
Love the kit! Love "Ozzy". I am so glad that I bought it. Instruction is very easy to follow. Amazing customer service. The thermometer strip started peeling after several washes. They sent me 2 replacement strips with extra bonus of "Ozzy". Thank you!
The kit is fantastic! Starting with an awesome (and very well thought of) packaging. The thermometer strip on the side is a brilliant addition! The instruction are well written and easy to follow. Everything you may possibly need is in the kit! I put "Ozzy" to work as soon as it got here and look at "him" after only 7 hours from feeding. I'm in love! Can't wait to bake my first loaf.
I’m in process of reviving the starter and hope to be making bread by Friday. Love the kit...has everything you need and is easy to use. The instructions are detailed and very well written. I must say your videos and pamphlet on sourdough are one the best I have come across. They give you a thorough understanding of sourdough. I would definitely recommend the kit for people who are new to the world sourdough as well as an experienced baker.
Firstly, let me say how impressed I was with the presentation of the box and its contents. Although I am in Australia and the package had a long journey, the box arrived in perfect condition.
Unfortunately, it took 3 weeks to get to me from the date it was sent so I am concerned about the viability of the starter and whether it will recover from such a long spell in the post but time will tell!
I'm very much hoping it will recover and be as active as 'Ozzy'.
I ordered this kit for my partner for Christmas and he (and I) absolutely loved it!
Ozzy revived well after his trip to Australia and looked as healthy (or healthier) than our starter after only a few feeds. The temperature gauge on the starter jars is really handy, and come with the cutest tiny spatula for mixing.
Whilst still a work in progress, we can tell the first loaves out of the oven are already a better crumb than our previous loaves.
Also loved the tiny (and accurate) scale!
3rd day in and I’m getting lots of movement. Can’t wait to bake my 1st loaf! Thanks sooooo much for doing this kit. Makes it so much easier!
I debated whether to buy this starter kit or just the starter. I've been baking sourdough since the pandemic started with inconsistent and lackluster results. I already had a scale and plastic takeout container; I just wanted to try a new starter. I am so glad that I took the plunge to buy the starter kit because it also made me change my *technique*. The results from my first bake were spectacular!
The first thing I noticed when I unboxed was that the jars were tiny compared to what I was used to. Only after reading the instructions did I realize that that was the point. I learned about micro-feeding. It always bothered me with my old routine that I would toss out so much starter. That aversion to discard I think made me stretch out my feed times and starve my old starter. This time I followed Full Proof Baking's instructions religiously. With micro-feeds, there is so little discard I felt fine feeding my starter more often. Just a few days after it arrived, my starter was active and bubbly!
A few more notes about the individual items: The scale measures to tenths of a gram, which is nice for measuring small amounts like salt. The temperature strip is handy. They've stayed on so far after several washings, but I hand wash and won't stick these jars in the dishwasher.
This starter kit introduced me to micro-feeding (such a simple idea!) and the importance of a healthy starter. I'm thrilled with the results and it has got me excited about sourdough baking again. Thank you!
My Ozzy Jr. loaf following fullproofbaking's Basic Open Crumb Sourdough instructions and using refreshed Ozzy Jr. starter that came with my Starter Kit. It was a joy to use all the items that came with the kit. The scale was great for accurately measuring out small starter amounts. The spatula (not that I needed the spatula) was exactly like the favorite spatula that I have, so now I have a spare. The rubber bands! I was SOOO happy to get rubber bands that are not too loose, too wide or too tight. But alas. Let me give you a warning. Make sure you tell everyone in your household that those rubber bands are SPECIAL. Because wouldn't you know it, my other half who is a clean freak, threw one of my rubber bands away. I was soooooooooo sad. Those rubber bands and accompanying jars sparked joy. :)