Are you a fan of sourdough bread? If so, you’re not alone. Many people love the possibility of a tangy flavor and unique texture (note: sourdough does not have to be sour). But there’s one downside to making sourdough: the daily ritual of discarding some of the starter to maintain its balance.

Instead of letting that extra starter go to waste, there are numerous creative ways to repurpose it into delicious dishes. Here are 10 ways to make the most of your sourdough starter discard, turning it into tasty treats.


Soft, buttery biscuits are great side dishes to soups, meats or even gravy.


There are so many different types of easy to make breads. Here is a variety that use sourdough discard.


Have a celebration coming up? Adding sourdough discard can give cake some extra flavor.


Similar to cake, putting sourdough discard in cookies can add extra flavor and make them airy.


Instead of the above recipes, crackers will have a crisp crunch. Surprisingly, there are different types of crackers you can make with sourdough discard!

Pancakes or waffles

Eating pancakes or waffles with discard might be my favorite way to use discard. I love the mix of the sourdough tang with maple syrup.


Pasta tends to come from one basic recipe with herbs and spice or sauce added, if wanted. Here are some classic recipes.

Pie crust

Since sourdough does not have to be tangy, discard can be used to make any type of pie crust!

Pizza crust

Giving yourself time to make a good pizza crust helps to enhance the flavor of the whole pizza, instead of allowing just the toppings to dictate if the pizza is good.


Instead of buying tortillas from the store, try making them at home! They tend to have less ingredients, while being soft and chewy.

This article features repeated recipe websites, brands and cookbooks. If you’re wanting to find more recipes, these sources are great to look to because the authors truly understand sourdough, given their number of recipes on the topic.

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