Herman or Friendship Starter
1/3 cup Warm water
2 Envelopes active dry yeast
2 cups Milk
2 cups Flour
Sprinkle one tablespoon sugar over warm water. Sprinkle yeast over this and let
stand in warm place until doubled in size, about 10 minutes. Mix milk, remaining
sugar, flour and yeast mixture. Place in plastic or glass container about the
size of a 5-quar ice cream bucket. Stir, using only a wooden spoon or paddle, as
metal retards growth. Cover loosely and let stand in a warm place overnight. The
next day, refrigerate. Stir each day with a wooden spoon to retard spoilage.
On the fifth day, measure out one cup to bake with. Measure out one cup for
gift. Feed remaining starter one cup flour, one cup milk and one-half cup sugar.
Stir well. Refrigerate and stir daily. On the 10th day, measure out one cup, if
desired, to give to a friend. You should have enough left over to use in a
recipe, plus extra to feed as before and refrigerate. Thereafter, use the
starter almost daily or as desired, feeding every five days.