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Dehydrated Organic Sourdough Starter (Dry but Alive!)

(65 customer reviews)


A foolproof way to start baking sourdough at home. Bring home a healthy, established, organic dry sourdough starter from the Central Coast of California. The starter is dehydrated, but very much alive – full of beneficial lactic acid bacteria and wild yeast. All it needs is a little water, flour, and 5 days to get reactivated.  One scoop of powder (one package) will turn into more than a liter of bubbling active sourdough starter that can last you a lifetime!

Easy-to-follow reactivation instructions included, linked below. Step-by-step video also included.

Sorry, we can only ship within the US and Canada only.



Want to bake fresh sourdough at home, but don’t have a starter? Bring home a portion of our healthy established organic sourdough starter culture to create your own! She hails from the Central Coast of California ~ just a few hours south of San Francisco. Our starter was created from scratch over 5 years ago using wild yeast cultivated from local organic apples.

Free shipping included. Orders and shipping accepted within the US and Canada only.

Allergy warning: This product contains gluten.

What is dehydrated sourdough starter?


With this order, you will receive a packet of dried living organic sourdough starter (1/2 heaping tablespoon, or 7-8 grams) – enough to create an active, bubbly sourdough starter within one week of re-activation. We feed our sourdough starter 100% certified organic ingredients (organic bread flour, organic whole wheat flour, and/or organic all-purpose flour) and filtered water. The starter is dehydrated on a “living foods” (low heat) setting, effectively preserving the beneficial lactic acid bacteria and wild yeast within the starter. It is very much alive – it simply needs to be rehydrated and reactivated!

Once you reactivate your starter, you will have a lifelong supply of sourdough starter culture to use in any delicious homemade sourdough recipe – including rustic sourdough bread, fluffy focaccia, pizza crust, crackers, cornbread, and more!

Once you receive the dry starter:


– You can either reactivate it right away, or choose to wait. It will stay viable in powder form for approximately 6 months as long as it is stored in cool, dry, dark location (such as in an air-tight container in the refrigerator).

– The process of reactivating the dry starter takes about one week (with quick steps each day) and is very easy to do! See the full instructions to reactivate your dry sourdough starter by clicking here.

– To reactivate the dry starter, you will need a medium size glass container (e.g. a pint mason jar), all-purpose flour or bread flour, and filtered water.


Shipping: Free shipping via USPS First Class mail within the United States, and $12 shipping to Canada.

Return policy: We can’t provide returns/refunds for change of heart, or user error in re-activating the starter. However, if your order arrives damaged or with apparent issues, please let us know (take a photo) and we will make it right.

65 reviews for Dehydrated Organic Sourdough Starter (Dry but Alive!)

  1. Dawn S (verified owner)

    My starter is still going strong and I attribute its long life to how healthy of a start it had! The directions online are detailed and awesome to learn how to rehydrate. Thank you!

  2. Sarah W

    Absolutely amazing. Directions were simple and this starter was definitely very alive. I was actually able to make bread after feeding it for just two days! I have a tendency to kill starters and had tried to start my own. It didn’t go so well. I was so happy that this was my answer. My loaves have beautiful bubbles!

  3. Alison B.

    I asked for this sourdough starter for Christmas, and boy did Santa deliver! The Homestead and Chill dehydrated starter plus instructions from the website did EXACTLY what it said it would do. I’ve made several loafs of beautiful bread (make sure to check out Deanna’s recipe). I couldn’t be happier with both this product, especially since it pairs so well with the information and recipes on the website. Merry Christmas to my belly!

  4. Kelly A (verified owner)

    This starter works!!! The detailed instructions on the site are very helpful for bringing the starter back to life. I made rosemary crackers (following the Homestead and Chill recipe) which my kids LOVED, and I’m in the process of my first sourdough loaf. It’s rising… in the refrigerator! How does this magic work?! Very bubbly and active after feeding and smells great. Everything is working even though it’s all very overwhelming for someone who rarely bakes bread… but I probably never would have tried without this helpful starter! Bread Lasso and I believe we can bake! If nothing else, I will never have to buy crackers. Thanks for the great product and instructions!

  5. Valeria (verified owner)

    Don’t typically leave reviews but had to with how happy I am with the sourdough starter! I’ve never had sourdough starter that was so bubbly and active. Thank you so much you just helped me take my baking to the next level!!

    • Aaron (Mr. DeannaCat) (verified owner)

      Enjoy Valeria, have fun baking!

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