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Best Sourdough Discard Pizza Crust Recipe

This is the best sourdough discard piazza crust recipe! You can also use it to make amazing breadsticks and even dessert pizza.

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Sourdough Discard Pizza Crust Ingredients

Sourdough discard pizza crust ingredients
Sourdough discard pizza crust ingredients
  • 2 1/2 Cups Pizza Flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon instant yeast or active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • Almost 3/4 cup warm water ~105 degrees (see instructions)
  • 1 cup sourdough discard from the refrigerator

Pizza Crust Instructions

Mix the dry ingredients, flour, yeast, and salt in a mixing bowl.

dry ingredients

Measure 3/4 cup of warm water. Remove 2 tablespoons of the water and set aside. Add the starter and the remaining water (almost 3/4 cup) to the four mixture.

Sourdough discard pizza crust ingredients before mixing

Mix until a dough ball forms.

Sourdough discard pizza crust dough ball

Continue to knead the dough ball in the bowl until all flour is absorbed. If the dough ball is dry, add some of the water you set aside. Add water until all of the flour is incorporated into the dough ball and it is not overly sticky. Knead for 5-7 minutes. Alternatively you can use a mixer with a dough hook.

Allow your dough to rest and rise until it doubles in size. (I made a double batch) This will take ~ 2-4 hours. I prefer to put my dough into my Ninja Foodi on the proof setting at 85 degrees for 4 hours. Any proofing box will work for this step, or if your home is already warm, you can just cover it with a clean dish towel and let it rise on the counter.

Once the dough has doubled in size remove it from the proofing box. For two 12-inch thin crust pizzas, divide the dough in half. Alternatively, cut the dough into 4 pieces for 6-inch personal pizzas.

Cutting the dough ball

Press each dough piece out on a piece of parchment paper.

Add your sauce and toppings.

Toppings added

Cut the parchment paper about 1 inch around your pizza.

Cut the parchment paper around the pizza

Baking Sourdough Discard Pizza Crust

Preheat your oven with pizza stones inside to 450 degrees F.

Use a pizza peel to transfer the pizza dough, with parchment paper underneath to the hot stones inside the oven.

using a pizza peel

Bake for 7 minutes. Use the pizza peel to remove the pizza. Transfer to a plate and slide the parchment paper off.

Can you bake the pizza on a Traeger?

Pizza on the Traeger
Pizza on the Traeger

Yes you can! Just preheat your Traeger to 450 degrees with the pizza stones inside. Use the pizza peel to transfer the pizzas with the parchment paper onto the stones. Bake/smoke for 7 minutes. Use the peel to remove the pizzas and transfer them to a plate. Remove the parchment paper, slice and enjoy!

Can you make breadsticks with this dough?

sourdough pizza dough breadsticks, before slicing

Yes you can! Just press out the dough onto a piece of parchment paper. Instead of adding pizza sauce and toppings, spread garlic butter, parmesan cheese and dried basil on the dough. Bake the same as the pizza directions.

sourdough discard breadsticks after slicing

How do you make dessert pizza?

dessert sourdough discard pizza

Simple, press the dough out onto a piece of parchment paper. Poke a few holes in the top of the dough with a fork. Bake the plain crust the same as the pizza instructions. Top with dessert toppings such as Nutella or cream cheese and fruit.

Sourdough Discard Pizza Crust Printable Recipe:

Recipe By kristin
Course: Dinner Cusine:Italian Difficulty:Easy

Servings

4 minutes

Preparing Time

10 minutes

Cooking Time

7 minutes

Calories

kcal

INGREDIENTS

  1. 2 1/2 Cups Pizza Flour

  2. 1/2 teaspoon instant yeast or active dry yeast

  3. 1 teaspoon Kosher salt

  4. Almost 3/4 cup warm water ~105 degrees (see instructions)

  5. 1 cup sourdough discard from the refrigerator

DIRECTION

  1. Mix the dry ingredients, flour, yeast, and salt in a mixing bowl. Measure 3/4 cup of warm water. Remove 2 tablespoons of the water and set aside. Add the starter and the remaining water (almost 3/4 cup) to the four mixture. Mix until a dough ball forms. Continue to knead the dough ball in the bowl until all flour is absorbed. If the dough ball is dry, add some of the water you set aside. Add water until all of the flour is incorporated into the dough ball and it is not overly sticky. Knead for 5-7 minutes. Alternatively you can use a mixer with a dough hook.

  2. Allow your dough to rest and rise until it doubles in size. This will take ~ 2-4 hours. I prefer to put my dough into my Ninja Foodi on the proof setting at 85 degrees for 4 hours. Any proofing box will work for this step, or if your home is already warm, you can just cover it with a clean dish towel and let it rise on the counter.

  3. Once the dough has doubled in size remove it from the proofing box. For two 12-inch thin crust pizzas, divide the dough in half. Alternatively, cut the dough into 4 pieces for 6-inch personal pizzas. Press each dough piece out on a piece of parchment paper. Add your sauce and toppings.

  4. Cut the parchment paper about 1 inch around your pizza.<br>Preheat your oven with pizza stones inside to 450 degrees F.<br>Use a pizza peel to transfer the pizza dough, with parchment paper underneath to the hot stones inside the oven. Bake for 7 minutes. Use the pizza peel to remove the pizza. Transfer to a plate and slide the parchment paper off.

NOTES

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Multigrain Sourdough Bread Recipe – Simple and Flexible

The best part about making your own bread is being able to choose your own ingredients. With this recipe, you will have many choices. Many ingredients are optional and can be swapped out for other ingredients of your choice. This recipe is a combination of my 3 favorite breads, sourdough, rye, and multigrain. If you prefer whole wheat, no worries, this recipe will still work for you!

In order to consider a bread multigrain, it must have at least 2 grains. This bread contains, rye or whole wheat, flax and oats as well as many seeds. If there are any seeds you do not have or do not like, just delete or replace them. This is what makes this bread so flexible.

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What tools do you actually need to make sourdough bread?

  • You will need an active starter, find tips for how to start and care for your starter here
  • A kitchen scale. Baking sourdough is a scientific process so most recipes will list ingredients by weight. If you have a postage scale that will work too.
  • A 6 quart cast iron Dutch oven with lid. This is required for baking the bread.
  • A proofing box or suitable alternative. I use the proof setting on my Ninja Foodie for this purpose, it’s more expensive but it also works as and air fryer, pressure cooker and more. Check out this post for more options. If your kitchen is consistently between 78 and 85 degrees then you do not need a proofing box.
  • Meat thermometer. This is the only way to determine if your bread is done. It’s also helpful for checking the temperature of the water you add.
  • Parchment paper – This will help prevent sticking and make it much easier to transfer your dough.

Multigrain Sourdough Bread Ingredients

  • 150 Grams Active and Fed Sourdough Starter (find tips on sourdough starter here)
  • 400 Grams Unbleached Bread Flour
  • 100 Grams Rye or Whole Wheat Flour
  • 250 Grams Warm Water 90-95 degrees F
  • 25 Grams Olive Oil
  • 10 Grams Kosher or Sea Salt
  • 25 Grams Whole Rolled Oats*
  • 25 Grams Pumpkin Seeds*
  • 25 Grams Sunflower Seeds*
  • 25 Grams Flax Seeds*
  • 10 Grams Hemp Hearts*
  • 10 Grams Sesame Seeds*
  • 8 Grams Poppy Seeds*
  • 8 Grams Caraway Seeds*

* Optional ingredients. Note: you still need at least 2 grains to call this bread multigrain bread.

Multigrain Sourdough Bread Instructions

Preparing ingredients and dough

Start by weighing out the oats, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and flax seeds. Place them in a cereal bowl. Cover with water ~ 100 grams or enough to cover the seeds (this will be drained off). Soak the seeds for 1 hour.

Meanwhile weigh out the remaining seeds and place them in a second cereal bowl, and set aside.

sourdough starter
sourdough starter

Weigh out the starter, warm water and olive oil. Mix together in a mixing bowl. Then weigh out the salt, and flours. Mix the salt and flours with the wet ingredients. You may have to use your hands or a bread scraper to incorporate all of the flour.

Sourdough ready to rest

Resting stage

The dough will appear dry at this point, that’s okay. Cover the dough with a warm damp kitchen towel and allow it to rest for 60 minutes. The technical term for this stage is autolyze, hydrating the flour. This step is especially important when using whole wheat or rye flour.

After the oats and seeds have soaked for 1 hour, drain the water off. This is easily done with a wire strainer.

Adding the seeds to multigrain sourdough

After your dough has rested for 60 minutes, press a bowl shape into your dough and add all of the wet and dry seeds. Fold the dough over the seeds several times to mix. The seeds will continue to mix during the next stage, so don’t worry if they are not fully mixed. Form you dough into a ball and use the ball to collect as many seeds as possible remaining in the bowl.

Stretching and folding

multigrain sourdough ready to ferment

Place the ball on a sheet of parchment paper, into your proofing box or acceptable alternative. I use a Ninja Foodi on the proof setting at 85 degrees for this step. If you kitchen is warm enough, you can just place the dough in a mixing bowl for this step.

After 15-20 min, stretch and fold the dough over on itself, turn 1/4 and stretch and fold again. Continue to turn the dough 1/4 turn and do a total of 4 stretches and folds (a full circle). Wait another 15-20 min and do another set of 4 stretches and folds. Continue to stretch and fold a total of 3-4 times in the first hour. At this point your seeds should be thoroughly mixed.

Fermentation and rising

Continue to allow your dough to rise in the proofing box at 85 degrees. Check on it every hour to see if it has doubled in size. It usually takes 3-4 hours at 85 degrees, depending on how active your starter is.

Baking multigrain sourdough

multigrain sourdough scored with a heart

Preheat your oven to 450 degrees F. Line the inside of a Dutch oven with parchment paper. Remove the dough from the proofing box and use a dough scraper to carefully remove it from the parchment paper. Fold the edges under to create a ball.

Place the dough ball seam side down into the Dutch oven. Score the top of the dough about 1/4 inch deep with a sharp knife.

Place the lid in the Dutch oven and place it in the preheated oven. Immediately turn the oven temperature down to 400 degrees F, and bake covered for 20 minutes, remove the Dutch oven cover and place an empty sheet pan on the shelf below your Dutch oven. This will help prevent excessive browning on the bottom of your bread. Continue to bake uncovered for 30-40 minutes. Use a meat thermometer to check the temperature of your bread. It is done when the temperature reads between 205-210 degrees F.

Cooling stage

Multigrain Sourdough bread scored with a heart
Multigrain Sourdough bread scored with a heart

When your bread is ready, remove it from the Dutch oven as soon as possible and place it on a cooling rack.

Wait until your bread is cool, at least 1 hour before slicing it. This is the most difficult step, but worth it!

sliced multigrain sourdough

Can you bake sourdough bread on a smoker?

Yes you can! I love sourdough bread so much, but I do not like to heat up my home in the Summer. I love to bake on my Traeger grill in the Summer!

How to bake sourdough bread on a Traeger pellet grill:

For this recipe: Remove the top rack and preheat the Traeger Silverton 620 to 450 degrees F.

Place the dough into a parchment lined Dutch oven with lid. Quickly, put the Dutch oven on the preheated grill. Immediately turn the temperature down to 410 degrees F. Smoke/bake for 30 minutes.

Dutch oven on the Traeger

Quickly remove the Dutch oven lid and place the temperature probe into the bread. Continue to smoke/bake for 30-40 additional minutes or until the probe reaches 205 degrees F.

Sourdough bread on the Traeger

Remove the bread from the Dutch oven as soon as possible and place on a cooling rack. Wait at last 1 hour before slicing your bread.

Recipe By kristin
Course: Bread Cusine: Difficulty:Easy

Servings

6 minutes

Preparing Time

60 minutes

Cooking Time

60 minutes

Calories

kcal

INGREDIENTS

  1. 150 Grams Active and Fed Sourdough Starter

  2. 400 Grams Unbleached Bread Flour

  3. 100 Grams Rye or Whole Wheat Flour

  4. 250 Grams Warm Water 90-95 degrees F

  5. 25 Grams Olive Oil

  6. 10 Grams Kosher or Sea Salt

  7. 25 Grams Whole Rolled Oats

  8. 25 Grams Pumpkin Seeds

  9. 25 Grams Sunflower Seeds

  10. 25 Grams Flax Seeds

  11. 10 Grams Hemp Hearts

  12. 10 Grams Sesame Seeds

  13. 8 Grams Poppy Seeds

  14. 8 Grams Caraway Seeds

DIRECTION

  1. <strong>Preparing ingredients and dough</strong><br>Start by weighing out the oats, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and flax seeds. Place them in a cereal bowl. Cover with water ~ 100 grams or enough to cover the seeds (this will be drained off). Soak the seeds for 1 hour.<br>Meanwhile weigh out the remaining seeds and place them in a second cereal bowl, and set aside.<br>Weigh out the starter, warm water and olive oil. Mix together in a mixing bowl. Then weigh out the salt, and flours. Mix the salt and flour with the wet ingredients. You may have to use your hands or a bread scraper to incorporate all of the flour.

  2. <strong>Resting stage</strong><br>The dough will appear dry at this point, that's okay. Cover the dough with a warm damp kitchen towel and allow it to rest for 60 minutes. The technical term for this stage is autolyze, hydrating the flour. This step is especially important when using whole wheat or rye flour.<br>After the oats and seeds have soaked for 1 hour, drain the water off. This is easily done with a wire strainer.

  3. <strong>Adding the seeds to multigrain sourdough</strong><br>After your dough has rested for 60 minutes, press a bowl shape into your dough and add all of the wet and dry seeds. Fold the dough over the seeds several times to mix. The seeds will continue to mix during the next stage, so don't worry if they are not fully mixed. Form you dough into a ball and use the ball to collect as many seeds as possible remaining in the bowl.

  4. <strong>Stretching and folding</strong><br>Place the ball on a sheet of parchment paper, into your proofing box or acceptable alternative. I use a Ninja Foodi on the proof setting at 85 degrees for this step. If you kitchen is warm enough, you can just place the dough in a mixing bowl for this step.<br>After 15-20 min, stretch and fold the dough over on itself, turn 1/4 and stretch and fold again. Continue to turn the dough 1/4 turn and stretch and fold again to make a complete circle of 4 folds. Repeat 3-4 times for the first hour.

  5. <strong>Fermentation and rising</strong><br>Continue to allow your dough to rise in the proofing box at 85 degrees. Check on it every hour to see if it has doubled in size. It usually takes 3-4 hours at 85 degrees, depending on how active your starter is.

  6. <strong>Baking multigrain sourdough</strong><br>Preheat your oven to 450 degrees F. Line the inside of a Dutch oven with parchment paper. Remove the dough from the proofing box and use a dough scraper to carefully remove it from the parchment paper. Fold the edges under to create a ball.<br>Place the dough ball seam side down into the Dutch oven. Score the top of the dough about 1/4 inch deep with a sharp knife.<br>Place the lid in the Dutch oven and place it in the preheated oven. Immediately turn the oven temperature down to 400 degrees F, and bake covered for 20 minutes, remove the Dutch oven cover and place an empty sheet pan on the shelf below your Dutch oven. This will help prevent excessive browning on the bottom of your bread. Continue to bake uncovered for 30-40 minutes. Use a meat thermometer to check the temperature of your bread. It is done when the temperature reads between 205-210 degrees F.<br>When your bread is ready, remove it from the Dutch oven as soon as possible and place it on a cooling rack.<br>Wait until your bread is cool, at least 1 hour before slicing it. This is the most difficult step, but worth it!

NOTES

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Easy Beginner Sourdough Bread

If you are just getting started with sourdough baking, you need a simple recipe with easy to follow directions. You have found what you need here.

Most sourdough recipes have so much information they make the process seem overwhelming. It’s really a simple process if you stick to the basics.

Try this simple recipe before you give up.

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What tools do you actually NEED to make sourdough?

  • You will need an active starter, find tips for how to start and care for your starter here
  • A kitchen scale. Baking sourdough is a scientific process so most recipes will list ingredients by weight. If you have a postage scale that will work too.
  • A 6 quart cast iron Dutch oven with lid. This is required for baking the bread.
  • A proofing box or suitable alternative. I use the proof setting on my Ninja Foodie for this purpose, it’s more expensive but it also works as and air fryer, pressure cooker and more. Check out this post for more options. If your kitchen is consistently between 78 and 85 degrees then you do not need a proofing box.
  • Meat thermometer. This is the only way to determine if your bread is done. It’s also helpful for checking the temperature of the water you add.
  • Parchment paper – This will help prevent sticking and make it much easier to transfer your dough.

Easy Sourdough Bread Ingredients:

  • 150 grams of active bubbly starter
  • 250 grams warm water (80-90 degrees F)
  • 25 grams olive oil
  • 500 grams unbleached bread flour
  • 10 grams sea salt or kosher salt

How to make easy sourdough

Mix the starter, warm water, and olive oil together in a mixing bowl. Then add the flour and salt. You will need to use your hands to incorporate all of the ingredients together. Continue to mix until all of the flour is absorbed. At this point the dough will appear dry, that’s okay.

Sourdough ready to rest

Cover the dough with a warm damp kitchen towel and allow it to rest for 30 to 60 minutes. The technical term for this stage is autolyze, hydrating the flour.

Sourdough resting under a moist towel

After the 30-60 minute rest, quickly work the dough into a rough ball. Place the ball on parchment paper in your proofing box. I use my Ninja Foodi, set to proof at 85 degrees for this step.

sourdough ready to rise in a ninja foodi

After 30 min, stretch and fold the dough over on itself, turn 1/4 and stretch and fold again. Continue to turn the dough 1/4 turn and do a total of 4 stretches and folds (a full circle). Wait 30 min and do another set of 4 stretches and folds.

Continue to allow your dough to rise in the proofing box at 85 degrees. Check on it every hour to see if it has doubled in size. It usually takes 3-4 hours at 85 degrees, depending on how active your starter is.

Transfer the parchment paper and dough to the counter. Gently scrape the dough from the parchment using a silicone spatula or dough scraper. Fold the edges of the dough under to create a nice ball shape. Place the ball into a parchment lined Dutch oven and cover.

Sourdough in Dutch oven

How to bake easy sourdough bread

Preheat your oven to 450 degrees F.

Use a sharp knife to make a 1/4 deep slit in the top of your dough ball.

Scored sourdough, ready to bake

Place the dough in the oven. Reduce the oven temperature to 400 degrees F and bake covered for 20 minutes, remove the Dutch oven cover and place an empty sheet pan on the shelf below your Dutch oven. This will help prevent excessive browning on the bottom of your bread. Continue to bake uncovered for 30-40 minutes. Use a meat thermometer to check the temperature of your bread. It is done when the temperature reads between 205-210 degrees F.

Easy Beginner Sourdough bread

Place the fresh baked bread on a cooling rack and allow it to cool for at least an hour before slicing. This is the most difficult step, but worth it.

sliced sourdough bread

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Recipe By kristin
Course: bread Cusine: Difficulty:Easy

Servings

8 minutes

Preparing Time

240 minutes

Cooking Time

50 minutes

Calories

kcal

INGREDIENTS

  1. 150 grams of active bubbly starter

  2. 250 grams warm water (80-90 degrees F)

  3. 25 grams olive oil

  4. 500 grams unbleached bread flour

  5. 10 grams sea salt or kosher salt

DIRECTION

  1. Mix the starter, warm water, and olive oil together in a mixing bowl. Then add the flour and salt. You will need to use your hands to incorporate all of the ingredients together. Continue to mix until all of the flour is absorbed. At this point the dough will appear dry, that's okay.

  2. Cover the dough with a warm damp kitchen towel and allow it to rest for 30 to 60 minutes. The technical term for this stage is autolyze, hydrating the flour. After the 30-60 minute rest, quickly work the dough into a rough ball. Place the ball on parchment paper in your proofing box.

  3. After 30 min, stretch and fold the dough over on itself, turn 1/4 and stretch and fold again. Continue to turn the dough 1/4 turn and do a total of 4 stretches and folds (a full circle). Wait 30 min and do another set of 4 stretches and folds.<br>Continue to allow your dough to rise in the proofing box at 85 degrees. Check on it every hour to see if it has doubled in size. It usually takes 3-4 hours at 85 degrees, depending on how active your starter is.

  4. Transfer the parchment paper and dough to the counter. Gently scrape the dough from the parchment using a silicone spatula or dough scraper. Fold the edges of the dough under to create a nice ball shape. Place the ball into a parchment lined Dutch oven and cover.

  5. Preheat your oven to 450 degrees F. Use a sharp knife to make a 1/4 deep slit in the top of your dough ball. Place the dough in the oven. Reduce the oven temperature to 400 degrees F and bake covered for 20 minutes, remove the Dutch oven cover and place an empty sheet pan on the shelf below your Dutch oven. This will help prevent excessive browning on the bottom of your bread. Continue to bake uncovered for 30-40 minutes. Use a meat thermometer to check the temperature of your bread. It is done when the temperature reads between 205-210 degrees F.

  6. Place the fresh baked bread on a cooling rack and allow it to cool for at least an hour before slicing.

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Don’t Give up on Sourdough: Try These Easy Tips

It seems like some people have no problem baking delicious sourdough bread and others really struggle. I think I know why. I’m not a professional baker, but as a pharmacist I have extensive knowledge of microorganisms. Read on to find out why you should not give up on sourdough until you try this easy recipe. First here are some tips:

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Sourdough basics:

There are only two ingredients needed to make a sourdough starter. Flour and water. The other ingredients are already there, they just need the correct environment and some time to do their thing. They already know what to do, you just have to make sure you help them, here are some tips to help you:

Which flour should you use for sourdough starter?

Generally unbleached flour is preferred for bread making because it is more dense and helps the dough hold it’s shape better. Many bakers use unbleached flour for creating and feeding their starter. Both bleached and unbleached flours contain both beneficial and harmful microorganisms. Bleaching flour does not kill microorganisms. These microorganisms are everywhere. Whole grain wheat or rye flours are particularly beneficial for making a new starter, because they contain more of the beneficial microorganisms you need for a new starter. If you are not a rye or whole wheat bread fan, that’s ok. Due to the small amount of remaining rye or whole wheat flour, you will hardly notice it is there in your final product. Once your starter is mature, you can feed it any mixture of flours you prefer.

Can you use tap water for sourdough starter?

It’s best to use filtered water for your sourdough starter. If you live in a city that uses chlorine in the water, you could kill off some of the beneficial yeast and bacteria in your starter.

Another thing to consider about the water you use is temperature. The beneficial yeast and bacteria in your starter prefer 80-85 degrees. Too cold and they will slow down their fermentation, too hot and you could kill them. Use a meat thermometer to check the temperature of the water before you add it. Make sure it is between 80 and 85 degrees F.

What is the best environment for a sourdough starter?

Starter prefers temperatures between 78 and 85 degrees F. Not a comfortable room temperature. It will still work between 60 and 120 degrees, but anytime it is outside of it’s preferred temperature it will not be as effective and therefore, take longer. This is why you will often see a huge fermentation time range on recipes. This range is not an option, it depends on your environment. If your home is 68 degrees and the recipe says ferment for 4-12 hours, you will probably need to ferment closer to 12 hours than 4 hours. This could be why you some new bakers struggle to be successful.

Also avoid direct sunlight. It might be tempting to warm up your starter in the sunshine on a warm day. Although your starter will love the heat it will not thrive in the sunlight, and you may kill off some of your beneficial yeast. Starter prefers warm and dark!

overflowing sourdough starter

This is what happened to my sourdough starter when the weather finally warmed up in Michigan. Not ideal, but my fermentation cap did allow for the starter to flow out.

How to create the best environment for your starter

If you live in a warm climate, this may be easy. Remember starter needs a warm dark environment. 78-85 degrees is best. There are plenty of things you can try if you live in a cold climate.

A Proofing Box
  • An inexpensive proofing box, this box will provide the perfect temperature for your starter and for fermenting and proofing your bread. It will help reduce the time it takes to make your bread. It will take the guess work out of timing and make your life as a sourdough baker easier. The only problem with this investment is it really is just a single use item. Another gadget with no other uses.
Oven light
  • Put your starter in a TURNED OFF oven with the light on. The light will provide heat and the oven itself is insulated. If you use this method you should monitor the temperature with a meat thermometer, because believe it or not, it could get too hot in your oven using this method. At least the meat thermometer is a good investment because it is very useful for other things as well.
Microwave
  • Put your starter in a TURNED OFF microwave along with a second jar filled with hot water. The hot water serves as the heat source, the microwave is an insulated box. Since the water will eventually cool, there is no danger of over heating your starter.
Seed Mat
  • Place your starter on a seed mat. If you already own one, you probably only use it a few weeks a year. If not, it is less expensive than other options and it does help provide the perfect temperature for your starter and for fermenting and proofing your bread. As an added bonus, you can still use it for seed starting!
Higher location
  • Place your starter in your highest cabinet or on the second floor of your home. It can be a few degrees warmer in high places, because we all know heat rises.
Ninja
  • My personal favorite option is to use the proof setting on a Ninja Foodi or Ninja Combi. These combination Air Fryer, countertop cookers have proof settings and can be used for many other things.
Sourdough starter in a Ninja Foodi on Proof setting
Sourdough starter in a Ninja Foodi on Proof setting

How do I know my starter is ready to use?

If you make your own starter from scratch it will need a least a week to be ready to use. If you try to bake bread earlier than one week you will likely not be successful. You need a mature and active starter to bake bread.

A mature starter will rise and fall predictably when fed. It will be bubbly and spongy.

Mature sourdough Starter
Mature sourdough Starter

How to make a starter:

Sourdough starter from scratch:

Day 1: Mix 1/4 cup of filtered warm water (80-85 degrees F) with 1/3 cup of whole grain wheat or rye flour. Allow it to sit on the counter in a jar with plenty of space. Cover the jar with a loose fitting lid or cloth.

Day 2: Mix the starter. Add 1/4 cup of filtered warm water (80-85 degrees F) and 1/3 cup of whole grain wheat or rye flour to the jar. Cover the jar with a loose fitting lid or cloth.

Day 3: Mix the starter. Remove and discard half. (Note: During the first week of your starters “life” the discard will not be suitable for baking. It can still be composted.) Add 1/4 cup of filtered warm water (80-85 degrees F) and 1/3 cup of whole grain wheat or rye flour to the jar. Cover the jar with a loose fitting lid or cloth.

Day 4: Mix the starter. Remove and discard half. Add 1/4 cup of filtered warm water (80-85 degrees F) and 1/3 cup of flour (any combination of whole grain and bread or all-purpose flour) to the jar. Cover the jar with a loose fitting lid or cloth. Repeat this process in the evening for 2 total feedings on day 4.

Day 5 to 7: Continue repeating day 4. As long as your starter is bubbly and spongy, you can switch to any flour you wish to use for feedings.

Day 8 and on: Your starter should be mature at this point, so you can start to save your discard. Put the discard into a clean jar, with some space for additional discard, and place it in the refrigerator. It’s ok to put a lid on it. There are many uses for this discard. More on that later.

Purchase a packet of sourdough starter

You can purchase a packet of sourdough starter either dried or active. If you purchase the dried starter you will still be waiting about a week before you can bake. If you purchase active starter, you will need to feed it right away!

Get Sourdough starter from a friend or bakery

If you receive a sourdough starter from a friend, or purchase from a local bakery, you will already have a mature starter and can begin preparing it for baking right away. This is the least expensive, easiest and fastest way to get started with sourdough baking.

How to prepare your starter for baking

Once you have a mature starter you are ready to bake. Give your starter a one or two good feedings the day before you bake. This is a great time to bulk up your starter to make sure you have enough available for your recipe.

To bulk up you starter, add more flour and water than you would for a regular feeding, but keep the same ratio of flour and water. For example, I usually discard down to 1/2 cup of starter and feed with 1/2 cup of water and 2/3 cup of flour. If I want to bulk up my starter prior to baking, I’ll discard down to 1 cup of starter and add 1 cup of water and 1 1/3 cups of flour. I usually feed mine the morning of a bake too. Before baking I feed my starter, and put it in my Ninja Foodi on proof set to 85 degrees for 1-2 hours before I bake.

How to care for a mature starter:

If you bake frequently, you can keep your starter on the counter and feed it once or twice daily. For the daily feedings: discard all but 1/2 cup of starter, feed with 2/3 cup flour of your choice and 1/2 cup filtered warm water (80-85 degrees F). If you bake less than weekly, you can keep your starter refrigerated. Take your starter out and feed it at least once weekly. For the weekly feedings, remove it from the refrigerator, allow it to warm to room temp, then feed it. For this weekly feeding, discard all but 1/2 cup of starter, feed with 2/3 cup flour of your choice and 1/2 cup filtered warm water (80-85 degrees F). Provide it with a nice warm dark environment for about 24 hours. If you don’t plan to bake, put it back in the refrigerator.

It’s also important to change the jar weekly or as needed if it overflows or the top becomes crusty. Just transfer your starter to a clean jar and wash the old one for next time you need a clean jar.

What is sourdough discard?

Discard is the leftover starter you remove before each feeding. If you never discard, the starter will become so large it will not be manageable. With each feeding you are at least doubling the volume. This is why it’s important to discard. The discard can be saved in the refrigerator and used for baking with sourdough discard recipes. It’s best to use up you discard in 2 weeks. Any remaining discard can be composted. Try this tasty sourdough discard pizza crust.

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Best Homemade Tomato Bisque Recipe

If you love tomato bisque, you should definitely try making it homemade. It’s so much better than canned. This is the best homemade tomato bisque recipe. This soup is also a great meatless meal.

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What is the difference between tomato soup and tomato bisque?

Bisque is a French word for a creamy soup made of pureed vegetables. Tomato bisque is made with pureed tomatoes. Tomato soup is also made with pureed tomatoes, but tomato soup could still have chunks of tomato in it. Bisque is by definition pureed to a smooth texture, however it could be garnished with chunks of tomato. Ultimately, they are very similar.

Best Tomato Bisque Ingredients

  • 2 Tablespoons Butter
  • 1 Onion, diced
  • 2 Carrots, diced
  • 3 Sprigs Thyme, stems removed
  • 1-10 ounce jar roasted red peppers
  • 1/4 Cup Sundried tomatoes, minced
  • 28 ounces of canned diced fire roasted tomatoes
  • 2- 14 ounce cans of vegetable broth
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese

Tomato Bisque Directions

Sauté the onions and carrots in the butter until softened.

sauteed onions and carrots

Add the Thyme, peppers, tomatoes, and vegetable broth. Mix and bring to a simmer.

tomato bisque before blending

Add the seasonings, sugar, cream and parmesan. Blend with an immersion blender.

Serve with fresh bread, crackers or a grilled cheese sandwich.

Can you freeze Tomato Bisque?

Yes you can! Just make sure you allow the soup to cool to room temperature or refrigerate before freezing. Use a freezer safe soup container for best results.

Can you reheat tomato bisque?

Yes, tomato bisque is perfect for packed lunches. I use a Mug Pop-in to take it to work. It has a vented BPA free lid, perfect for reheating your soup in the microwave at work or school.

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Recipe By kristin
Course: soup Cusine:French Difficulty:Easy

Servings

6 minutes

Preparing Time

10 minutes

Cooking Time

20 minutes

Calories

kcal

INGREDIENTS

  1. 2 Tablespoons Butter

  2. 1 Onion, diced

  3. 2 Carrots, diced

  4. 3 Sprigs Thyme, stems removed

  5. 1-10 ounce jar roasted red peppers

  6. 1/4 Cup Sundried tomatoes, minced

  7. 28 ounces of canned diced fire roasted tomatoes

  8. 2- 14 ounce cans of vegetable broth

  9. 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  10. 1 teaspoon onion powder

  11. 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

  12. 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper

  13. 1 teaspoon smoked paprika

  14. 1 teaspoon dried oregano

  15. 1 teaspoon sugar

  16. Salt to taste

  17. 1 cup heavy cream

  18. 1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese

DIRECTION

  1. Sauté the onions and carrots in the butter until softened.

  2. Add the thyme, peppers, tomatoes, and vegetable broth. Mix and bring to a simmer.

  3. Add the seasonings, sugar, cream and parmesan.

  4. Blend with an immersion blender.

NOTES

    Serve with fresh bread, crackers or a grilled cheese sandwich.

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The Secret to Great Potato Salad Recipe

Have you ever wondered why some people just make better potato salad than others? There are a few secrets to a great potato salad recipe. Read on to find out all of them.

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Secrets to Great Potato Salad

  1. Use baked potatoes, boiled potatoes are too soft and wet. They will not hold their shape and tend to make the salad soggy.
  2. Used seasoned rice vinegar. This vinegar is one of my favorites. It is a great vinegar for salads and more. Every time I use it, people always ask for my recipes.
  3. Do not pre-mix your dressing. Add the dressing one ingredient at a time, starting with the vinegar. If you add the vinegar first and mix well, the egg yolks will start to break down a little and become incorporated as part of the dressing. Alternatively, you could blend the yolks into the dressing. Either way your dressing will be creamy and delicious.

Great Potato Salad ingredients:

  • 6 potatoes
  • 5 hard boiled eggs-Use this easy peel recipe.
  • 4 celery stalks, chopped
  • 1 onion, minced
  • 5 radishes, sliced
  • 1/4 cup seasoned rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

Directions for Great Potato Salad

Wash the potatoes, prick with a fork, and bake at 400 degrees F for 1 hour or until softened. Cool the potatoes overnight. Peel and slice the potatoes into 1/2 inch cubes. A paring knife is best for peeling baked potatoes. I like this ceramic one. Place in a bowl.

Peel and slice the hard boiled eggs. Add them to the potatoes. Add the chopped celery, minced onion and radish slices to the bowl.

potato salad ingredients

Fold in the vinegar. Continue to stir in the vinegar until the egg yolks start to break down and become creamy.

potato salad mixture

Add the mustard and continue to mix, then mix in the mayonnaise. Finally, season with salt and pepper to taste. For the best flavor, chill a couple of hours before serving.

potato salad

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Recipe By kristin
Course: salad Cusine:American Difficulty:Easy

Servings

8 minutes

Preparing Time

15 minutes

Cooking Time

60 minutes

Calories

kcal

INGREDIENTS

  1. 6 potatoes

  2. 5 hard boiled eggs

  3. 4 celery stalks, chopped

  4. 1 onion, minced

  5. 5 radishes, sliced

  6. 1/4 cup seasoned rice vinegar

  7. 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

  8. 3/4 cup mayonnaise

  9. salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

DIRECTION

  1. Wash the potatoes, prick with a fork, and bake at 400 degrees F for 1 hour or until softened. Cool the potatoes overnight. Peel and slice the potatoes into 1/2 inch cubes. Place in a bowl.

  2. Peel and slice the hard boiled eggs. Add them to the potatoes.

  3. Add the chopped celery, minced onion and radish slices to the bowl.

  4. Fold in the vinegar. Continue to stir in the vinegar until the egg yolks start to break down and become creamy.

  5. Add the mustard and continue to mix, then mix in the mayonnaise.

  6. Finally, season with salt and pepper to taste. For the best flavor, chill a couple of hours before serving.

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Easy Ratatouille Lentil Soup Recipe

This easy ratatouille lentil soup is a perfect way to get more vegetables in your diet. This soup is vegetarian and vegan. It also makes great leftovers for packed lunches and is freezable for later use.

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Ratatouille Lentil Soup Ingredients:

  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 eggplant
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 zucchini, sliced and quartered
  • 1 summer squash, sliced and quartered
  • 1 medium onion, roasted or diced
  • 2 Roasted peppers, canned or fresh
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced or grated
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 2 quarts vegetable broth
  • 1- 14.5 ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 cup uncooked dried lentils
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

Ratatouille Lentil Soup Directions:

Roast the peppers. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place the peppers on parchment paper lined sheet pan. Roast for 10 minutes, flip, then roast for another 10 minutes. Cool, then peel the peppers. Dice the roasted peppers. Alternatively, you can use canned roasted peppers.

roasted peppers

Slice the eggplant and salt the slices on both sides. Allow the salted eggplant to sit for 15 minutes. This will draw out the bitter flavor. Rinse the eggplant and cut into 1/2 inch cubes.

eggplant
salted eggplant

In a large stockpot, sauté the eggplant until just starting to soften. Add the diced onion.

chopped eggplant

Add the zucchini and summer squash, add additional oil if needed to prevent sticking. Sauté until slightly softened.

zucchini and summer squash

Now add the in the crushed tomatoes, and roasted peppers. Season with garlic, basil, and oregano. Mix well.

roasted peppers in ratatouille soup

Use a mesh strainer to rinse the lentils.

rinsing lentils

Mix in the broth and lentils. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer, stirring occasionally until lentils are tender, approximately 40 minutes.

Ratatouille soup

Lastly, add the vinegar and fresh ground pepper.

Ratatouille soup

Serve with crackers or fresh bread.

Can you reheat Ratatouille soup?

You sure can! Ratatouille soup makes great leftovers for packed lunches. I like to pack it in a Mug Pop in, find it here.

Mug Pop in

This mug is perfect for packing soup and other leftovers for lunch. The BPA free lid is vented, so it keeps the microwave clean!

Can you freeze soup?

Yes! You can freeze soup. Just make sure you cool it to room temperature or refrigerate it first. Then put it in a freezer safe container. Warm it up on another busy night!

Can you use chicken stock instaed?

You sure can use chicken stock. If you do, this recipe will no longer be vegetarian or vegan.

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Easy Chicken and Orzo Soup with Lemon

Do you need quick idea for dinner tonight? Try this easy chicken and orzo soup. You can even make it easier by using a rotisserie chicken. It has a fresh flavor but still warms you up. It’s really a great soup for any season.

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What tools do you need to make chicken and orzo soup?

This soup does not require many tools. Most of these items you probably already have on hand.

Chicken and orzo soup ingredients:

  • 2 chicken breasts cooked and diced (you can use rotisserie chicken)
  • 3 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 2 celery sticks, diced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, grated or minced
  • 2 quarts chicken stock
  • 1 cup orzo
  • Juice of one lemon
  • zest of one lemon
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon lemon pepper (optional)

How to make chicken orzo soup

Start by sautéing the onions, carrots and celery in the olive oil.

When the carrots are softened, add the garlic and sauté for another 1-2 minutes. Add the stock and chicken. Bring to a boil. Add the orzo and simmer for 10 minutes.

Chicken and orzo soup with lemon

Add the lemon zest, lemon juice, and peppers. Remove from heat and enjoy! Serve with crackers or fresh bread.

Can you make soup ahead of time?

You sure can! This soup makes amazing leftovers. It makes a great packed lunch. I Recommend a mug Pop in for packed lunches. These containers are great for packing and reheating leftovers. They are ceramic with BPA free vented lids. They keep the microwave at home, work or school clean while warming up your lunch.

Mug Pop in

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Can you freeze soup?

Yes, you can freeze chicken and orzo soup. If you don’t finish it all during the first meal, you can chill the remainder in your refrigerator overnight. It is important to chill the soup before freezing it. Then transfer the soup into single servings and freeze for a quick and easy meal later! I try to save sour cream and other similar containers for this purpose but you can also purchase freezer soup containers.

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Easy Deviled Egg Recipes for all Occasions

Deviled eggs are an easy and inexpensive appetizer. They are a great addition to parties and potlucks any time of year. They can be decorated for all occasions. Try mixing up the filling and garnishes to keep all of your guests happy. Here are some suggestions:

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What tools do you need to make deviled eggs?

Classic Deviled Egg Recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 6 large eggs
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon Mustard
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • paprika for garnish

Directions:

Hard boil the eggs, I recommend using this easy peel technique. Cool and peel the eggs. Slice the eggs in half with the non-serrated knife. It helps if you wipe the blade clean in between each egg. Remove the yolks and place the yolks in the mini food processor along with the mayonnaise, mustard, salt and pepper. Blend well. Remove the mixture from the food processor and place it into the piping bag. Cut off the tip of the bag and squeeze the mixture into the egg white halves. Garnish with paprika.

Dilly Bird Deviled Eggs Recipe

Dilly Bird Deviled eggs are a cute appetizer that adds fun to many occasions. Perfect for backyard BBQs, Potlucks, Baby Showers, classroom parties, and more.

Dilly Bird Deviled Eggs

Ingredients:

  • Classic Deviled egg recipe without paprika garnish
  • Fresh Dill
  • Orange pepper triangles
  • black or kalamata olive slices

Directions:

Prepare classic Deviled egg recipe. Omit the paprika garnish. Garnish instead with Fresh Dill “feather”, Olive “eyes”, and an orange pepper “beak”.

Smoked Salmon Deviled Eggs Recipe

These smoked salmon deviled eggs are a nice delicacy for many occasions. Perfect for potlucks, picnics, office parties, Fridays during Lent, and more.

Smoked Salmon Deviled Eggs

Ingredients:

  • 6 hard Boiled eggs – using this easy peel technique
  • 3 Tablespoons Mayonnase
  • 1 teaspoon capers
  • 1 teaspoon fresh dill
  • Smoked salmon for garnish
  • more capers for garnish
  • more fresh dill for garnish

Directions:

Cool and peel the eggs. Slice the eggs in half with the non-serrated knife. It helps if you wipe the blade clean in between each egg. Remove the yolks and place the yolks in the mini food processor along with the mayonnaise, 1 teaspoon capers and 1 teaspoon of fresh dill. Blend until smooth. Remove the mixture from the food processor and place it into the piping bag. Cut off the tip of the bag and squeeze the mixture into the egg white halves. Garnish with capers, smoked salmon and fresh dill.

Parisian Deviled Eggs Recipe

Parisian deviled eggs are like mini charcuterie boards. They are a great addition to any event you would bring a charcuterie board to.

Parisian Deviled eggs

Ingredients:

  • Classic Deviled Egg Recipe minus the paprika
  • Cornichon pickles
  • ham for garnish
  • salami for garnish

Directions:

Prepare the classic deviled eggs with the addition of 1 cornichon pickle in the yolk mixture. Blend until smooth. Omit the paprika garnish. Garnish instead with a slice of cornichon pickle, ham and salami.

Polish Deviled Egg Recipe

These Polish deviled eggs are an excellent addition to sporting events, office parties, and backyard BBQs.

Polish Deviled Eggs

Ingredients:

  • Classic Deviled eggs recipe
  • 1 Tablespoon of fresh grated horseradish
  • Smoked polish Kielbasa

Directions:

Prepare the classic deviled eggs recipe with the addition of 1 tablespoon of fresh grated horseradish in the yolk mixture. Alternatively you can use 1 tablespoon of prepared horseradish instead of one of the tablespoons of mayonnaise. Garnish with paprika and a slice of smoked kielbasa.

Buffalo Deviled Egg Recipe

Buffalo deviled eggs are perfect for a Super Bowl party, potluck or backyard BBQ.

buffalo deviled eggs

Ingredients:

  • 6 hard Boiled eggs – using this easy peel technique
  • 1.5 Tablespoons cream cheese – softened
  • 1.5 tablespoons blue cheese dressing
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  • celery for garnish
  • green onions for garnish

Directions:

Cool and peel the eggs. Slice the eggs in half with the non-serrated knife. It helps if you wipe the blade clean in between each egg. Remove the yolks and place the yolks in the mini food processor along with the cream cheese, blue cheese dressing, and hot sauce. Blend well. Remove the mixture from the food processor and place it into the piping bag. Cut off the tip of the bag and squeeze the mixture into the egg white halves. Garnish with celery and green onion.

Bunny Deviled Eggs Recipe

These adorable bunny hard boiled eggs are perfect for an Easter celebration.

Bunny Deviled Eggs

Ingredients:

  • Classic Deviled egg recipe minus the paprika
  • Carrots cut into little triangles
  • red pepper cut into little squares
  • peppercorns
  • green onion ends or chives

Directions:

Prepare the classic deviled egg recipe. Omit the paprika garnish. Instead garnish with carrot “ears”, peppercorn “eyes”, red pepper “nose”, and green onion or chive “whiskers”.

Yoda Deviled Eggs Recipe

Yoda deviled eggs are great for any Star Wars themed party.

Yoda Deviled Eggs

Ingredients:

  • 6 hard Boiled eggs – using this easy peel technique
  • 1/2 Avocado, peeled and pitted
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • 1 garlic clove
  • salt to taste
  • peppercorns
  • celery, cut into triangles

Directions:

Cool and peel the eggs. Slice the eggs in half with the non-serrated knife. It helps if you wipe the blade clean in between each egg. Remove the yolks and place 3 of the 6 yolks in the mini food processor along with the avocado half, lime juice, garlic, and salt. Blend well. Remove the mixture from the food processor and place it into the piping bag. Cut off the tip of the bag and squeeze the mixture into the egg white halves. Garnish with peppercorn “eyes” and celery “ears”.

How to make Easy to Peel Hard Boiled Eggs

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Easy to Peel Hard Boiled Eggs

Turns out that easy to peel hard boiled eggs are not boiled! Instead they are steamed. Who knew! All of those useless additives to the water, unusual cooking times, and silly contraptions are rubbish! All you need to do is steam the eggs instead! Here’s how:

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What do you need to make eggs easy to peel?

  • 12 eggs
  • A pot with a lid. The pot should be large enough to lay the eggs flat across the bottom. A 4.8 quart Dutch oven should be large enough for 12 eggs.
  • A steamer insert for your pot.
  • A large bowl
  • Water and Ice

How to make hard boiled eggs easy to peel

Add 1-1.5 inches of water to the bottom of your pot.

pot with water

Add your steamer insert. Make sure the water level is below the insert.

pot with steamer insert

Cover, and bring the water to a boil.

heated, covered pot with steamer insert

Add the eggs and steam for 14 minutes.

eggs in a pot

Remove the eggs and immediately place them in a bowl of water and ice for 15 minutes.

cooling eggs in an ice bath

Now for the easy part! Remove the eggs from the ice water and peel.

easy peel hard boiled egg

What can you use easy peel hard boiled eggs for?

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