National Sourdough Bread Day
National Sourdough Bread Day is observed next on Monday, April 1st, 2024 (116 days from today).
National Sourdough Bread Day is usually celebrated on April 1st every year to celebrate with sourdough bread made with aged yeast.
Why National Sourdough Bread Day?
Sourdough bread is a kind of breads that includes Yeast, Bacteria, and Lactobacillus and is fermented for a long time. This type of bread may sound a little sour, as it is composed of lactobacillus, the non-spore forming bacteria with a rod-shaped structure that converts sugars into lactic acid.
The sour taste comes from Lactic Acid. Lactobacillus lives together with fermenting yeast to help bread last a long time even in an acidic environment. Normally, the bacteria present in the lactic acid cause the bread to rot within a day. Natural long-fermentation yeast is used to add sourness to the bread.
History of National Sourdough Bread Day
- Sourdough bread is reported to be useful as far back as the Ancient Egyptian Era around 1500 BC. Bread made with Friendly Bacteria, Fermented Dough consisting of Yeast and Lactobacillus is the most original form of Bread. It is natural in Flavor and used only by bakers. This is considered the first method of making dough.
- Sourdough bread is a staple food and is considered the oldest artificial food baked in a high-pressure aeration oven.
- Sourdough may have been practiced in France. Then around the 18th century, In order to find gold in California, some French families who were good at making Sourdough bread migrated to San Francisco.
- They baked sourdough bread for the miners. They found the sourdough bread very tasty and started having it daily. So Sourdough bread became very famous in San Francisco even now
- Rye bread is low in Gluten which prevents yeast growth while sourdough works perfectly by long fermentation.
- But anyway when wheat bread appeared in the image, Sourdough has gradually become almost obsolete and has been replaced by “Barm”, which has Alcohol in it and grown yeast, but still, Sourdough Bread is the best bread in terms of its natural ingredients
- Even commercially available sourdough cannot derive the texture, taste, and color of natural sourdough. Hence cannot survive in the market despite remaining in Production.
Interesting Facts about National Sourdough Bread Day
Sourdough is made up of starter dough. The starter should be added while making the dough as it helps in the growth of yeast and lactobacilli in the dough. The start should be maintained by adding water and flour called "Refreshment". Recipes vary between bakers and bakers. Some bakers use starters that can be over 100 years old called “Mother Flour”. Such sourdough bread gives different textures and colors.
Even during the San Francisco Earthquake, a starter was preserved after a great effort.
Sourdough is Pure. It does not require any preservatives. Yeast helps to keep bread longer without adding sweeteners or oils. Using commercial yeast spoils the sourness of the bread.
It is a panacea for diabetics. It is a low glycemic diet food and keeps our blood glucose levels under control. Even if we eat Carbohydrate food for our lunch, it is better to eat a Sourdough bread for breakfast to keep our Glycemic Index low.
In terms of health, sourdough bread can cause gastrointestinal problems for people who are sensitive to gluten.
How to celebrate National Sourdough Bread Day
Below are some references for all of you to celebrate National Sourdough Bread Day
Eat sourdough bread
The simplest way to celebrate National Sourdough Bread Day is to eat just a little, in one of the different forms, as the main course of your bread diet for that day. Start your day with sourdough bread (and most people think bagels couldn't get any better!), then prepare lunch with sourdough bread on a sandwich instead of using plain white or wheat bread.
For dinner, it's easy to serve a rich, savory stew in a 'fireball' made of hollowed-out sourdough. Sourdough can be part of every meal eaten on National Sourdough Bread Day!
Try making sourdough bread
Making sourdough bread in the home kitchen can give the home baker a newfound respect for the job of running a bakery. Whole wheat bread is not something that can simply be made in an instant. It requires a starter, which is live wild yeast that has been nurtured and allowed to grow for a few days before being ready to use. But once a starter is available, bread can be made at any time!
It is happier to collect one from a friend who is willing to pass it on. However, if no one nearby has someone to start, you can make it with whole grain flour, water, and a masonry jar, then feed it every day with organic bread flour. This will initiate the necessary fermentation for sourdough bread.
Some people may find the process a bit tedious, while others find it really enjoyable. You can surf web to find any instructions. Appetizers can also be made from apricot apples, which are especially delicious for making recipes like apple cinnamon sourdough bread.
Once the starter is ready, making the actual bread isn't too difficult and requires just a bit of stirring, kneading, and rising.
Share Sourdough Bread with your friends
Sourdough bread has so much flavor that it's delicious even when eaten as a slice of itself. Share a loaf of bread with coworkers. Or throw a National Sourdough Bread Day party with the guest of honor, Sourdough Bread! Choose one of different ways to prepare and enjoy this delicious dish, and ask your friends to bring their own sourdough creations to recommend.
Donate to Food Pantry
To share the love of bread, donate to a local grocery store so others around the world can also have access to the bread they need. It will be a great chance for the bread lover to commemorate the bread, whether it's sourdough or otherwise!
ObservedNational Sourdough Bread Day has been observed annually on April 1st.
Friday, April 1st, 2022
Saturday, April 1st, 2023
Monday, April 1st, 2024
Tuesday, April 1st, 2025
Wednesday, April 1st, 2026