Okedokie, I am new to baking my own sourdough, years ago I worked at San Luis Sourdough in the slicing and packaging dept. then ran the in-house budget store, and loved eating the fresh bread, but now I am attempting to make my own, and my first batch of loaves came out great. My question though is how often should I remove the starter from the crock, and actually wash the crock, then put back the starter? When I stir the starter to feed it there is always a small amount of starter that clings to the sides above the blob of starter? (By the by, I have named my starter Bob, since I hope to have him around for many many years he should have a name. Thanks for any input. paula
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You should probably take the starter out and wash the crock every month or so. That is not based on anything but experience. And I probably don't wash mine out as often as I think I do. I use a glass jar and keep it in the fridge between uses. After I feed it I try to scrape down the sides to get as much of the residue off as possible. When the sides get too crusty with dried starter, I empty it into another container and wash out the jar. If you keep your starter on the counter you probably will have to wash it out more often.