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How to Make Your Own Yeast Starter With Raisins and Flour

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Raisins soaking. Notice the bubbles... you're almost there!

Raisins soaking. Notice the bubbles... you're almost there!

Homemade Yeast Starter for Baking Bread

Here is a really easy recipe to make your own yeast starter for great breads and many other baking needs. Natural yeast starters were used for hundreds of years and are still used today. This can be made with several different ingredients; however, with some experimenting, I've found that this is the method that gives me the best results.

Natural yeast has also been used for those that have intestinal issues, as it is supposed to be easier on our systems. So step back in time with me and find out how you can make your own yeast for all your baking and cooking needs. Help your tummy and your wallet with this super easy recipe.

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5 min

5 min

1 cup of yeast starter

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  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1/2 to 1 cup flour
  • Water


  1. Add the raisins to a Mason jar with a lid.
  2. Fill to 1 inch of the lid with spring or bottled water. Shake well.
  3. Cover tightly for 1 week. Every day, open the jar to release excess gas.
  4. When bubbles are present and raisins are floating, drain out the raisins, reserving the liquid.
  5. Add the flour to the reserved liquid and mix well.
  6. Loosely recap the jar and wait 1 day (the cap should not be on tightly). Once again, open daily to release gases and pressure.
  7. Your starter is now ready to use for baking!

How to Use the Starter

  • Use one teaspoon of yeast starter for one loaf of bread.
  • When your starter is halfway gone, add more flour and wait two more days. This can be done many, many times to keep the same batch going.
  • If at some point you find that the bread is not rising as much as it should, merely make a new batch of starter.

How Did It Go?

So as always, let me know what you think. Give this recipe a try and let me know how it works for you. You can also omit the flour step and use the liquid to make your own carbonation drinks. I hope you like this as much as I do. Thanks for reading!

Final product after the flour is added and a couple days have passed.

Final product after the flour is added and a couple days have passed.

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