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Dehydrated Organic Sourdough Starter (Dry but Alive!)

(85 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.Β  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.

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

  1. Melissa (verified owner)

    Deanna has given me the miraculous gift of sourdough! The starter was easy to β€œwake up” using her instructions and has been going strong for several months now. It has provided us with many loaves, pancakes, cookies, and more. Her starter maintenance and troubleshooting tips are the best. Love knowing it was prepared with care and I am happy to share a piece of H&C!

  2. Hailee (verified owner)

    I received my sourdough starter a couple of weeks ago and I’m so happy I decided to purchase from Deanna & Aaron. The starter perked up nicely and now “doughlores” is just a part of the family! Super easy to maintain. I’m making my first loaf this weekend. Thanks, Deanna and Aaron for making the world of Sourdough a little more accessible and easy for busy folks like me!

    • Aaron (Mr. DeannaCat) (store manager)

      We appreciate your support and have fun baking!

  3. Rima (verified owner)

    I have been following Deanna on instagram for over 4 years now. The blog is phenomenal, what a treasure trove of information on gardening and I have such admiration for her and her husband and their immense hard work in documenting their journey and building their business. I bought the sourdough starter a few months ago, it is very good! Highly recommend. My first sourdough loaf was a success. Following their detailed instructions also makes it a breeze.

    • Aaron (Mr. DeannaCat) (store manager)

      We appreciate your support Rima and thank you for the kind words, have fun baking!

  4. Sarah (verified owner)

    Wow! I tried to make my own sourdough starter last year but it never “grew” like this one! WOW! What more can I say?? On day 5, it grew out of the jar in 3 hours that I had to transfer it to an even bigger jar! Haven’t made any bread yet but I’ve already made 3 batches of the crackers, with another 4 happening today!! Excellent product and definitely worth it for someone that struggles with their own starter!!

    • Aaron (Mr. DeannaCat) (store manager)

      Thank you for your support and happy baking!

  5. Laura Ruffing (verified owner)

    Hello Homestead and Chill community,

    Just stopping by to send a huge amount of GRATITUDE and APPRECIATION to Deanna and her husband for helping demystify this sourdough starter process and not only teaching a total beginner how to make a sourdough starter from her dry starter pack, but to also learn how to maintain your bubbly marshmallow goodness to create delicious breads/cookies/scones, etc!!

    Thank you from the coast of Los Osos CA, Laura

    • DeannaCat (store manager)

      Laura – thank you so much for the sweet words and support, neighbor! We’re so happy that you’re pleased and enjoying your sourdough journey too!

  6. Chloe S (verified owner)

    Incredible sourdough starter that I’ve been linking out to all my friends and family. She makes this SO easy to accomplish, and my starter is so incredibly active. I made my first loaf last week using the no knead sourdough recipe, and my husband and I are in LOVE. We highly recommend this starter and all the direction on this website. Also love how responsive they are to any questions!

  7. Brooke Reid

    So I’ve tried to make my own multiple times and after some hesitations decided to give this starter a try. This is amazing! Made the process so much more simple and has made us 4 loves of bread now having it less than a month!! I should have just bought this in the first place. I love my David Doughie!

  8. Wendy

    This is awesome! The instructions were super helpful, I made rosemary crackers with the discard and our first loaf today – SO good!

    • Aaron (Mr. DeannaCat) (store manager)

      Congratulations and thank you!

  9. Edin

    Such an awesome starter and tutorial! Thank you!

  10. Crystal (verified owner)

    After a flop at making my own, I purchased this starter in May. Just decided to commit to it this December. It was so easy to activate and has been amazing. We have made herb crackers and I made my first loaf today. The kids even love to be involved with “feeding” and making crackers. I highly suggest in the purchase πŸ™‚

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