12 Easy Sourdough Discard Recipes

These 12 easy sourdough discard recipes are perfect for using up that discard! From jalapeno cheddar scones to honey butter biscuits, you’ll be able to find just what you’re craving. Each recipe uses wholesome ingredients and contains simplified steps.

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Sourdough Discard Recipes

These 12 recipes are simple and easy to whip up using sourdough discard or fed starter. Each recipe has been created with love from our home to yours!

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Sourdough Honey Butter Biscuits

This sourdough honey butter biscuit recipe is one of my favorites here on the blog. We love whipping up a batch for lunch. They’re so good by themselves or sliced up and filled with slices of ham and cheese.

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Cut Out Sourdough Sugar Cookies

These cut-out sourdough sugar cookies are perfect for any occasion, whether you’re decorating cookies for Christmas or making mini fruit pizzas. Many readers here on PBH also love eating them plain as a snack!

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Sourdough Jalapeno Scones

These sourdough jalapeno scones were the very first sourdough recipe published on the blog and have been ranking #1 ever since! Everyone loves their pillowy texture and delicious flavor. You can’t go wrong with this one!

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Sourdough Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Scones

These sourdough pumpkin chocolate chip scones are our favorite fall recipe! The pumpkin flavor is vibrant and pairs perfectly with the chocolate chips. When the weather gets chilly, I love making coffee, grabbing a magazine, and snacking on a few of these!

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Sourdough Chocolate Chip Scones

A classic in our home is sourdough chocolate chip scones. They’re perfect for breakfast, as a snack, and when guests come to stay. The buttery dough mixes with sweet chocolate chips creating the perfect balance of flavor. P.S. You won’t be able to stop after eating one haha!

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Sourdough Potato Gnocchi

Who said homemade pasta had to be hard? This sourdough potato gnocchi recipe is simple and easy to make. We love adding them to soups and tossing them in pasta sauce for supper.

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Sourdough Waffles

Is there anything better than sourdough waffles on a Sunday morning served alongside slices of peppery bacon? That is one tough cookie to top! These waffles are easy to whip up and freeze well. If you’ve got a family member who loves Eggo waffles these are a much healthier, budget-friendly version.

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Sourdough Tortillas

These sourdough tortillas are a staple in our home. I try not to buy store-bought tortillas to reduce the amount of seed oils and additives we’re consuming. That’s where this recipe comes to the rescue. They’re much easier to make than you think!

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Sourdough Pancakes

In our house, we have pancakes for breakfast, lunch, and supper. They’re just so dang delicious, especially my sourdough pancakes recipe. This recipe is easy to make and comes out perfect every time.

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Sourdough Pie Crust

Instead of buying premade pie crust at the store, try whipping up this sourdough pie crust recipe. It’s super easy and tastes delicious. The crust comes out flaky just like you’d hope!

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Sourdough Cheddar Bay Biscuits

These sourdough cheddar bay biscuits are my husband’s favorite recipe on the blog! They’re packed with tons of flavor and speckled with cheese. After you pull them out of the oven and brush on the garlic butter, you won’t be able to leave them sit. Dare I say they’re better than Red Lobster’s?!

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Sourdough Biscuits

If you like good old-fashioned sourdough biscuits, this recipe is just what you’re looking for. They’re pillowy and speckled with butter. We love topping them with hamburger gravy or strawberry jam.

Sourdough Discard FAQ

What is sourdough discard?

Sourdough discard is what you remove before feeding the starter flour and water. This usually happens while creating a sourdough starter for the very first time. After you establish your starter you’ll only have discard if your container is getting too full to do the next feeding.

What is the difference between sourdough discard and starter?

Sourdough discard is an unfed portion that you remove before feeding. This discard has less active cultures and takes more time to rise. Fed sourdough starter is active with cultures after being fed flour and water. This starter is what makes recipes rise as commercial yeast does.

Can you freeze sourdough discard?

Yes, you can freeze sourdough discard but using it fresh is always best. Once you thaw it out it may not have the same texture as once before which can cause variations in recipes.

How long can you keep sourdough discard?

You can keep sourdough discard in the fridge indefinitely as long as mold doesn’t begin to grow. The longer it sits the more hooch will be present. This is just showing it’s hungry (aka what discard is) so you can stir it in or pour it off. It will have a grey color and smell like alcohol, which is normal.

Is sourdough discard good for you? Are sourdough discard recipes healthy?

Yes, sourdough discard is still a fermented culture, it’s just less active. It will continue adding gut health benefits to your baked goods. This is what makes sourdough discard recipes healthy.

Can you use sourdough discard to make another starter?

Yes, discard is still an established starter it just doesn’t have the strength that a fed starter does. You can revitalize it by feeding water and flour.

Would should I do with sourdough discard?

Use sourdough discard to make recipes like the ones above or if necessary you can toss it out. Although I don’t recommend tossing it.

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