Starter to Loaf Kit Guide

This guide covers our Sourdough Starter to Loaf Kits.

The purpose of this guide is to take you through all the steps in a little extra detail, taking you all the way to baking your first loaf.

Sourdough baking can sometimes seem a little overwhelming, and although our kits do make the process a whole lot quicker and easier, we really encourage you to learn a little about sourdough before you begin. It’s totally worth it and the journey is incredibly rewarding.

If you are not too sure what a sourdough starter is, click here.

What is included in your kit?

  • 0.5L Kilner jar with full starter activation instructions, 30g of dehydrated starter, muslin cloth, elastic band and a name label

  • ‘Starter Food’

  • Seeded Sourdough Blend

  • Natural Sea Salt

Activating your starter

Firstly, open up your Kilner jar and familiarise yourself with the activation instructions.

When you're ready, use your 'Starter Food' (small bag of strong white flour) to bring your sourdough starter back to life. This process will take approximately four days.

Once your sourdough starter is activated, if cared for properly, it will last you a lifetime. Click here If you would like to learn more about maintaining your sourdough starter.

Baking your bread

Now that your starter is active, it can be used in sourdough baking. However, you will need to schedule a feed for optimal results. More on this and the perfect time to use your sourdough starter can be found here.

Included in this kit you have one bag of our signature seeded sourdough flour blend, enough to make one delicious sourdough loaf if following our basic sourdough recipe.

We have also included a small bag of natural sea salt for seasoning.


From now onwards you will need to look at how you plan to maintain your sourdough starter. This mostly comes down to personal preference, as well as baking frequency. You will need to determine where to keep your starter, how often you will feed it, and how much. Information on this can be found here.

We hope that this has been helpful, feel free to comment with any questions and to share your creations with us on Instagram using the hashtag #mymelrose.

Happy baking and good luck on your baking journey,

The Melrose Kitchen x