Making Bread Starter from a Potato

I don’t actually have any experience baking bread, other than some darn good biscuits Barefoot Girl and I do once in a while . . . but since we’ve all worked for an artisan bakery and been spoiled by an amazing variety of artisan breads for 8 years, I think it’s about time I start baking bread to prepare for the time when Mr. Buckeye doesn’t bring home the bread anymore (because we’ll never be able to go back to store-bought again!).

I love sourdough and I’ll make it eventually, but I came across this interesting post from Ashley at Practical Self Reliance … and again, homeschool=learning project. Bread from a potato? Science experiment, check. It doesn’t look like much but it’s so interesting to me how the things we actually need (food) are all around us. I consider this to be learning experience for Barefoot Girl, but I’m learning right beside her.

We seem to be fermenting all kinds of different thing lately, from potatoes to chicken feed. We’ve got the bubbles down. We’ll update this project in a couple of days when the starter is ready to use. But, since we couldn’t wait that long for some homemade bread, we gave it a shot with some quick yeast I had in the cupboard for a science experiment. I don’t think it’s too bad for our first try!