A question I get asked all the time is "what's the best recipe to use up a LOT of sourdough discard?". So I decided to put a collection of recipes together that use at least 150 to 200g of sourdough discard in one go! This is sure to empty your discard jar!
This question gets asked so often in my Facebook Group of over 140,000 sourdough bakers - in fact, sourdough discard recipes are the most popular recipes shared in the group.
The sourdough discard recipes that use the most sourdough discard are sourdough discard waffles, muffins, crackers, pie crust and pizza dough.
What You Need To Know About Sourdough Discard
Seeing as we are talking about sourdough discard, I've put together some facts that you need to know when dealing with discard!
- Sourdough discard refers to the unfed portion of sourdough starter that is removed from the jar prior to feeding your starter. If you want the low down on all the sourdough terminology, this sourdough glossary is a great resource. This in depth post on sourdough discard vs sourdough starter is also helpful.
- Do not use your sourdough discard for the first 7 days when establishing a sourdough starter. The discard you remove from the jar needs to be tossed prior to 7 days.
- You can add discard from different days to the same jar.
- Sourdough discard does not last indefinitely. It's a good idea to use up your discard within 2 weeks, otherwise it becomes sour and unpleasant tasting. You can read more about storing sourdough discard here.
- Discarding is essential to creating a thriving sourdough starter because it ensures that you are not starving the yeast and bacteria in your jar. You can read more about why you must discard some of your sourdough starter here.
Sourdough Recipes That Use LOTS of Discard
Here, I've listed 15 of my favorite recipes that will empty your discard jar in one go! Make sure you tell me your favorite sourdough discard recipe that uses lots of discard in the comments at the end of this post.
No Wait Sourdough Waffles
Sourdough waffles use a huge 200g of sourdough discard, and probably even better than that, is that they are so fast to make! You'll have breakfast on the table in no time! You might also like these sourdough chocolate waffles or sourdough cheese waffles that also use the same amount of discard.
Sourdough Discard Pancakes
This recipe is one of the most popular on The Pantry Mama website. Using 200g of sourdough discard, these fluffy sourdough discard pancakes will not disappoint!
Sourdough Discard English Muffins
These sourdough English muffins use a huge 250g of sourdough discard which should definitely empty out that jar! They also freeze really well so they are a fantastic no waste solution to using your discard and then freezing for breakfasts during the week.
Sourdough Discard Pizza
Hands up if you love pizza? This pizza dough uses a big 200g of sourdough discard and is perfect for all kinds of pizza! It's a regular thing in my house, especially since we installed a wood fired pizza oven.
Sourdough Discard Crackers
Crackers are such a wonderful way to empty your sourdough discard jar. Most cracker recipes will use at least 200g of sourdough discard and can be made well in advance. I love making different types of sourdough crackers to suit different charcuterie boards and cheese platters - or just as a delicious snack!
Sourdough Chocolate Chip Scones
Deliciously tender sourdough chocolate chips cones use up 150g of sourdough discard, which will make a nice dent in your jar and help you stay on top of it all.
Sourdough Apple Cinnamon Muffins
These easy sourdough apple and cinnamon muffins are truly delicious and use up 200f of sourdough discard. Perfect for easy snacks or even a warming breakfast.
Sourdough Granola is such an easy way to use up a tonne of discard. I love making a big batch, so I use 4 x the recipe listed below which uses up 200g of sourdough discard in one go!
Plus, sourdough granola lasts a long time, so it's a great way to prolong the life of your sourdough discard. A bit like drying your sourdough discard, but much tastier!
Sourdough Banana Muffins
Not only do these sourdough discard banana muffins use 200g of sourdough discard, they're also a great way to use up those brown bananas!
Sourdough Banana Fritters
Decadent sourdough banana fritters are an unusual way to use up your sourdough discard. They are definitely classed as "sourdough comfort food" and make an indulgent dessert served with vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce!
What better way to use up your sourdough discard than battering some fish or chicken, or even veggies? The recipe shows only using 50g of discard, but you'll need up to 200g or more if you are making a family sized batch of chicken or fish.
You might know these tasty treats as Yorkshire Puddings, but sourdough popovers are a quick and easy way to empty your sourdough discard jar.
These sourdough cornbread muffins make a fun side dish for almost any food! Using 200g of sourdough discard, they make a quick and easy bread alternative in a bind.
Sourdough Carrot Cake
This deliciously moist sourdough carrot cake uses 200g of sourdough discard, which is sure to make a dent in your discard jar! It's well worth making, whether it's for a special occasion or a "just because" dessert!
Sourdough Pie Crust
What could be better than a tender, flaky sourdough pie crust? Well it's even better when you know that this sourdough pie crust will use 200g of sourdough discard! You might even like to try it with this sourdough apple pie or sourdough chicken pot pie. This sourdough pumpkin pie will use even more sourdough starter as it uses sourdough starter in both the crust and the filling.