Hi, I'm into week 8 with my whole wheat counter mother and week 7 with my white. I've made several breads and they all rise but I cant get the counter mother to pass the test to go in the fridge. We did have a few very small mishaps. My mom brought over pizza and we didn't think about the mother, but that was weeks ago. I also missed a few feedings. One on Thanksgiving night because I moved her to the barn office (to bring in yeast bread) and one a month ago. Maybe I'm doing the test wrong. On bake day morning I take out the four tablespoons into two jars. I'm doing that before I feed the mother that morning. Can you help? I've read the book over and checked the chat room and don't see an answer. Thanks, Lisa
I wouldn't sweat the pizza—especially if it was weeks ago and you didn't notice a change in your mother afterwards. As for the missed feedings over Thanksgiving, I'd keep an eye on your mother to make sure it doesn't start to develop mold. If it doesn't, and your Bake Day this week is successful with comparable results to your recent Bake Days, it has probably bounced back.