COVID Quarantine Sourdough Starter Discard Blueberry Muffins

Sourdough Starter Blueberry Muffins

That’s quite the recipe title isn’t it? Well, I named it that for a two reasons: First, we ALL need something to do at home while we are quarantining and second, I was looking for a way to use up sourdough starter discard.

Sourdough Starter Blueberry Muffins

As with most of the population this year, my husband took up baking sourdough bread. I knew nothing about sourdough starter, and while my husband has certainly learned more about it than I, what I did learn is that you have to throw some of this stuff out every day. Every. Day.

As a crafter I am always looking at things that are headed for the trash can thinking, “what could I make from that”. I hate wasting things and sending so much stuff to the landfill. I didn’t always think this way and I have New York to blame (for my hoarding) or be thankful for (for helping save the planet) for that. Quick story: We spent 6 weeks one summer living in Manhattan, NY. And you know what, they don’t have dumpsters/garbage cans. So all the trash. All. The. Trash. Just gets thrown out on the busy Manhattan sidewalks. Old mattresses, sofa’s, clothes, toys, plastic garbage bags leaking a steady stream of putrified, oily liquid across the sidewalk that you’ll slip on, just like ice. And not just once a week, but twice a week. Do you know how much garbage gets piled onto a sidewalk from a high-rise building? OMG it’s insane. When you live in the suburbs, your trash is contained in nice little trash bins, which are neatly lined up along the street for pickup. It’s all so tidy that you don’t give a second thought to how much trash is really generated in the world. Until you see it piled on the sidewalks, piled so high you can barely see over it and so wide that a once 2-way pedestrian walkway becomes one-way. Wait, where was I? Oh yes, a blueberry muffin recipe.

So anyways, now that I have seen the waste, I like to try and minimize it as much as I can – which you might note in some of my blog posts, where I like to upcycle various items that were destined for the landfill.

With sourdough starter you have to discard some every day before you feed it. I also don’t like wasting food, so I have been trying to find various recipes to use the sourdough starter discard. So far I’ve made coffee cake and donuts, both good, but not good enough that I would share the recipe and recommend you make them. This morning I came across a Sourdough Blueberry Muffin Recipe which uses the discard and I really loved how they turned out. If you want to be able to look at the recipe without 10 million ads popping up, I’ve included screenshots below along with modifications I made to the recipe, otherwise you can click the link.

Sourdough Starter Blueberry Muffins

I substituted allulose (a sugar substitute) for the sugar in the dry ingredients. I didn’t have lemon zest on hand, but did have Lemon Extract, so I added 1/6 teaspoon to the wet ingredients. I added the 1 cup of blueberries, but next time I make this recipe I am definitely going to double it to 2 cups. While I loved the muffins, I still think they needed way more blueberries. For the wet ingredients, I used the greek yogurt (not sour cream) and for the crumb topping I subbed in splenda for the sugar.

If you don’t have sourdough starter, sometimes you can get it from a local bakery for free. They are throwing it out daily as well and so sometimes they will give it to customers. I know in the past Squarz Bakery has given out free starter. Contact them, or another bakery to inquire.

Author: Nicole Bolin