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The Quest for Sourdough

Bread baking enthusiasts "knead" to return to this resource from the 01-18-2019 Scout Report, which features tips and tricks, including "how to make a sourdough starter." Puratos, an international company located in Belgium that supplies products for bakeries, patisseries, and chocolate manufacturers, also maintains a library of sourdough strains. Similar to a seed library, the Puratos Sourdough Library currently catalogs more than 2,000 sourdough varieties, which can be browsed via the Quest for Sourdough website. The library accepts two types of submissions from sourdough aficionados: recipes and actual samples of sourdough starter. Samples are analyzed for microorganisms in labs at the Uni Bolzano and Bari in Italy. After analysis, the microorganisms are then stored in a freezer at -80 degreesC (-112 degrees F) to preserve their biodiversity for the future, while the sourdoughs are kept in optimal condition in refrigerators at 4 degrees C (39 degrees F). Each sample is refreshed every two months with the flour with which it was originally made. Consulting the map of location origins of the sourdoughs in the library shows that the majority have been collected from the United States and Europe. In addition to the scientific side, the website includes a blog with stories and lots of recipes, such as Ione's sourdough waffles or Sourdough donuts.
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Date of Scout Publication
December 4th, 2020
Date Of Record Creation
January 14th, 2019 at 9:35pm
Date Of Record Release
January 15th, 2019 at 2:19pm
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