22 Sourdough Starter Discard Recipes (2024)

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If you find it difficult to throw away sourdough starter discard, here are some helpful tips on storing it, delicious recipes, and more creative uses.

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Sourdough Starter Discard doesn’t have to be thrown out. Add that tang to some baked crackers or a soft texture to cake and cookies. You’ll find the recipes for these and more right here!

What is a sourdough bread starter?

Bread starter is a combination of flour and water that with time develops bacteria and wild yeast that gives bread its rise.

Can I make my own bread starter?

You can make your own starter and bake with it in less than 8 days. Our Overnight Sourdough Starter post will show you everything you need to know.

Why would you want to use a sourdough starter discard in recipes?

Reduce Waste – Discarding sourdough bread starter between feedings just feels like a waste doesn’t it?

How long can you store sourdough discard?

Many bakers just add the discard to a tub and keep it in the refrigerator if they use it routinely or planning on using it soon.

Sourdough discard doesn’t need to be fed but it does have a shelf life. If you see any mold or an orange or pink tinge, it’s gone bad and it’s time to throw it away. A foul odor can also indicate that it has gone bad and shouldn’t be used.

My advice is not to keep sourdough discard unless you know you will be using it. Don’t be a bread starter hoarder!

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After feeding the stater, those little microbes go to town munching on the sugar provided in the new flour. Remember Pac Man? That’s what I envision.

The used sourdough starter loses its vigor once the food is depleted so it will not be sufficient for a beautiful loaf of bread unless it’s fed again but it still has enough energy to act as a leaven in baking goods that use baking powder or baking soda.

Sweet Sourdough Discard Recipes

Sourdough Chocolate Chip Cookies

Sourdough Chocolate Chip Cookies have a moist cake-like middle, slightly crispy outside, and delightful cookie flavor. This cookie recipe is the perfect way to use up your sourdough discard and treat your family.

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Sourdough Blondies – Baking Sense

Butterscotch blondies get a boost of flavor from sourdough discard. These blondies are both gooey and light at the same time.

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One Bowl Sourdough Banana Bread | BAKED

This one bowl sourdough banana bread is a fantastic way to repurpose your sourdough starter discard! It makes a fluffy, moist snack perfect with coffee.

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Cranberry Crumb Sourdough Coffee Cake | Sourdough Discard Recipe

Cranberry Crumb Sourdough Coffee Cake is a moist, buttery cake; with fresh cranberries providing tart contrast to double layers of rich crumb topping.

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Chocolate Chunk Sourdough Cookies | BAKED

These chocolate chunk sourdough cookies are a great way to use up some of your sourdough starter discard. Classic cookie taste with a slight tang!

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Bread and Homemade Muffin Recipes

Sourdough Blueberry Muffin Recipe with Discard

Serve these tasty sourdough blueberry lemon muffins as a stand-alone fast breakfast on your way out the door or make a batch to have as part of a delicious brunch for guests or family.

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Sourdough Morning Glory Muffins | BAKED

It may seem like these sourdough morning glory muffins have lots of ingredients, but most, if not all, are basic pantry and kitchen staples! Lightly sweetened with honey and molasses, they’re a-ok for a hearty morning snack.

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Sourdough English Muffins

Homemade Sourdough English Muffins are a delicious homemade bread. These muffins are not baked – they are cooked on a griddle!

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Sourdough Scones – Baking Sense

This classic buttermilk scone is given a little flavor boost with sourdough discard.

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Sourdough pizza dough – Caroline’s Cooking

Make pizza night even more delicious with this homemade sourdough pizza dough. Easy to make, with great flavor, plus don’t waste sourdough discard.

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Sourdough English Muffins

Sourdough English Muffins are a delicious use for sourdough starter removed when feeding and easy enough for novice bread makers.

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Pumpkin Spice Sourdough Scones | Sourdough Baking

These Pumpkin Spice Sourdough Scones smell like heaven, and they taste even better! 😋 Perfectly delicious ANY time of year!

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Cloverleaf Rolls Recipe (With Discard)

You are going to love this easy buttery soft and tender Old-Fashioned Sourdough Dinner Rolls Recipe with the discard from your starter.

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Breakfast Recipes

Sourdough Pancakes

Use your sourdough discard to make this amazingly delicious, light, fluffy, soft sourdough pancakes recipe.

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Cinnamon Sugar Sourdough Donuts Recipe – Baked

Enjoy these scrumptious baked sourdough donuts with cinnamon and sugar topping with a big glass of milk any time you want to give your family a special treat.

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Sourdough Pancakes {For the Absolutely Fluffiest Pancakes Ever!}

Sourdough pancakes have a delicious flavor & fluffy texture that you’ll fall in love with! These will become your family’s favorite breakfast.

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Easy and Quick Sourdough Donuts Recipe – The Gingered Whisk

This easy and quick sourdough donut recipe is the perfect way to use sourdough discard. Delicious donuts with a slight sourdough tang, these will become the favorite weekend breakfast for the sourdough lover!

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The BEST Overnight Sourdough Waffles – House of Nash Eats

These fluffy-crisp Sourdough Waffles have the most amazing flavor and texture and are made with your sourdough discard so nothing goes to waste! The overnight batter is made in advance so there is hardly any work to do in the morning to enjoy fresh, hot waffles!

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Sourdough pancakes – Caroline’s Cooking

These sourdough pancakes are not only a great way to use sourdough discard, they taste amazing. Incredibly light and fluffy, plus easy to make.

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Savory and Snacks

Sourdough Cheddar Cheese Rosemary Crackers

Delicious tangy, cheesy addictive, sourdough cheddar cheese rosemary crackers made with extra sharp cheddar cheese and fresh rosemary.

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Everything But The Bagel Sourdough Discard Crackers

These thin and crispy Everything But The Bagel Sourdough Discard Crackers are the perfect solution to your sourdough discard!

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Sourdough Crackers with Homemade Za’atar | BAKED

A simple rolled cracker recipe using discarded sourdough starter. A sprinkle of homemade za’atar spice takes the sourdough crackers to the next level.

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Make your own Starter Discard Recipe

Make your own recipe by replacing an equal weight or volume of flour and liquid for bakery recipes that use baking soda and/or baking powder.

For example, if I use a cup of starter, I reduce the flour and the liquid by 1/2 cup each since my starter is a straight 50/50 flour to water mix.

More useful ideas…

  • Sourdough Fried Chicken – Dip chicken in the sourdough starter.
  • Batter for other fried food such as shrimp or zucchini.
  • Frie Bread or Naan – Add starter in drops to fried oil for a donut or naan-like fry bread. Season with herbs or add cinnamon and sugar for a savory or sweet fry-bread.
  • Pie Crust – Starter will tenderize pie crust the way vinegar can. Use it for a savory pot pie.
  • Glue – Yep, my mother mixed flour and water together for our craft projects when I was little.

Recipes that use a starter

  • Overnight Sourdough
  • Sourdough Sandwich Bread
  • Multi-Grain Wheat Bread
  • Spelt Sourdough with Rosemary

I hope you’ll check back because we’re always adding to this list of amazing sourdough discard recipes and other creative ideas.

If you’ve got one we haven’t added, let me know! I’ll share it with our community.

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