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Dehydrated Organic Sourdough Starter (Dry but Alive!)

(55 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 about 4 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 $8 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.

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

  1. C K Neilson (verified owner)

    Like so many, I fell into the quarantine sourdough craze. However, I didn’t want to make my own starter. Just was not that dedicated. This dry starter was SO easy and three months later, Gerdy the Sourdough Starter is still going strong. It has become a very fun weekly adventure and my husband has enjoyed helping me come up with new goodies to try out in different loafs. I highly recommend this product!

  2. Erin R. (verified owner)

    A great starter + foolproof instructions on the website = the beginning of a beautiful weekly tradition of freshly baked goods. Bonus: you get to support a wonderful small business. Could not recommend enough!!

  3. Sam (verified owner)

    This sourdough starter was SUCH A SUCCESS! And the instructions are sooo easy to follow! You’ll get perfect sourdough everytime!

  4. Rosalinda Ramirez (verified owner)

    I recently purchased this sourdough starter for my boyfriend because he LOVES sourdough bread so I thought it would be fun for us to learn together.
    Using Deannas step-by-step guide was extremely easy to follow and I was SO impressed with the quality of bread on just our first run of it.
    My boyfriends brother also love baking sourdough and he was so impressed with the sourdough starter we showed him, he was quick to notice the hints of Apple in the starter. Love it, thank you so much!

  5. Aubrey (verified owner)

    Bought this dehydrated starter after 3 unsuccessful attempts to start one from scratch. I live in Florida and our heat and humidity make it very difficult – too many bad bacs develop before the good yeasts can get going! This starter made it SO EASY! The instructions were super clear and easy to follow, and within just a few days I had a happy bubbly active starter that we named “Audrey 2” (a la Little Shop of Horrors). With Deannas instructions we got her started, and have kept her happy for months! And baked multiple delicious recipes – Deanna provides it all!! I’ve even been able to provide a few friends with starter who’ve lost their jobs, but those who can afford it I tell them to come buy their own to support this biz!

  6. Kathy (verified owner)

    This was foolproof and I was baking in no time. I’ve used dehydrated starter twice. After I accidentally killed the first starter, I decided to purchase dehydrated starter from Homestead and Chill. I followed their instructions to reactivate it. They point you to the blog where it has lots of descriptive instructions, pictures and troubleshooting advice if reactivating doesn’t happen as quickly. All in all this worked without issue and I’ve been making lots of loaves of tasty bread! Completely recommend.

  7. Christina Barnett (verified owner)

    Thanks for the sourdough starter! Love it!

  8. Rossella (verified owner)

    Sourdough starter came to life exactly as expected. I’ve used it for both focaccia and bread! Both delicious! Best part is I ignored it in the fridge for about a month. I thought it was dead. But sure enough I took it out, fed it and it’s was bubbling up again. Good as new. Great for people like me who can’t keep plants alive. Lol!!!

  9. Kristen Privett

    I tried for many months to start my own sour dough starter and even tho I used it many times, it was not ready and I just could not figure it out. I’m a very beginner bread baker and just wanted to be successful once! Well, I wasn’t, UNTIL I ordered Homestead and Chill’s starter. It was so easy! Thank you!

  10. Emily O (verified owner)

    Thankful for this starter to help get sourdough started! Best bread ever! Thanks a million!

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