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Starting from Scratch
« on: October 18, 2017, 10:59:58 am »
So I live way out on an island, far from the wonders of city life. Luckily, I can cook, but I want cheeses and breads unavailable to me! Anybody know where I can get sourdough starter, rennet (vegetarian or otherwise), and calcium chloride as well as potentially a few other things so I can make those foods I miss from back home from scratch? Is there a secret hipster hide-away with these things? I really miss making my own stuff!

Thanks!


Re: Starting from Scratch
« Reply #1 on: October 18, 2017, 11:56:15 am »
Sourdough starter is really easy to make. I've noticed that there are cheap bags of whole grain flour even in smaller village stores.

Just take a cup of flour, mix it with maybe another cup of water and let it sit on the counter for a few days in a glass jar with an open top. There is no need to add yeast. It will show up naturally. Depending on the temperature, and your own senses, when you get some bubbling and sourness, you can close the top and move it to the fridge.

Then, whenever you use it, replace with some more flour and water. You can't let it sit too long without feeding it  :laugh: give it a few spoons of flour if you haven't replenished in a while.

Actually, I have yet to do this while living in Korea. But just yesterday I was thinking about making some sourdough kimchi pajeon. Will have to try it this month.
« Last Edit: October 18, 2017, 11:57:47 am by kapusta »


  • UriNara
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Re: Starting from Scratch
« Reply #2 on: October 18, 2017, 12:01:32 pm »
You can order food on gmarket.


Re: Starting from Scratch
« Reply #3 on: October 18, 2017, 12:58:34 pm »
I considered making starter from scratch, but it needs a warm environment to grow properly, and with my current housing I'd worry about being able to make it warm enough for it.


Re: Starting from Scratch
« Reply #4 on: October 18, 2017, 02:30:28 pm »
You will be fine. Sourdough is traditionally used by cultures with colder climates than Korea. It will just take longer if the temperature is relatively lower.


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Re: Starting from Scratch
« Reply #5 on: October 18, 2017, 03:49:59 pm »
Not sure if you will be able to get packages delivered, but if you can:
 
http://highstreet.co.kr/index.html
http://waegfarm.com/wp/
www.coupang.co.kr


https://www.10mag.com/where-to-find-organic-groceries-in-seoul/

*Ricotta can be made at home very easily, just make sure the milk isn't pasteurized at a high temperature.


Re: Starting from Scratch
« Reply #6 on: October 18, 2017, 08:43:56 pm »
For bread, there's nothing you do unless you're willing to make your own or eat yesterday's bread. For cheese, there's the internet.