How Much Would You Pay a Professional to Babysit Your Sourdough Starter?

published Apr 1, 2016
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If you’ve ever lovingly raised a sourdough starter of your own, you know that it’s not something you can just leave sitting around untouched. Sourdough starters need TLC to prosper over time, and will die — yes, literally — without proper pampering. So what are you to do if you’ve got a starter bubbling away, but you’re itching to travel too? Why, hire a sitter, of course!

Provided by a bakery called RC Chocolat, the sourdough starter spa seems extremely convenient. You just drop your little bundle of joy off at the bakery’s airport location, agreeing to pay them $3 a day to care for your little guy. When you return, refreshed, all that’s left to do is to swing by the bakery to pick up your pudgy little jar of goop.

The service is currently only available in Stockholm, but I really wouldn’t be surprised if it spread. From-scratch sourdough has been having a moment (thanks in part, I think, to Cooked), and I don’t see it stopping anytime soon. After all, part of the fun of a starter is keeping it going! Once you’ve raised one from its humble beginnings of flour and water, you probably won’t be ready to let it go all that soon.

Would you take advantage of this service if it was available near you? There are definitely ways to extend the time required between feedings, but this sure would take a lot of guesswork out of things!