Bakers going on vacation in Stockholm, Sweden sometimes leave the starter for their sourdough with a bread babysitter.

  • A Sourdough starter is a fermented mix of flour, water, and procreating microorganisms
  • Its crucial for making bread without the use of commercial yeast
  • Sourdough starters, unlike commercial yeast, need care and attention
  • The starter has to be “fed” at least once a week with flour and water
  • Someone going on vacation may not have time to “feed” their starter
  • Instead of dumping it, a baker can leave their starter at RC Chocolat in the Stockholm Arlanda Airport
  • When they come back, their starter is waiting for them and has been well cared for during their journey


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