Ben Starr

The Ultimate Food Geek

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  • The World’s Best (and easiest) Ice Cream Recipe

    This is a 2-quart vanilla ice cream base recipe that can be modified in infinite ways to customize your desired flavors. No eggs. No cooking. (And thus, no cooling.) This produces a creamy, rich ice cream that stays scoopable even after days in the freezer. Scale this recipe up to fit your ice cream maker….

  • Sourdough Shortcake

    How to use sourdough starter to make authentic shortcake even more amazing, in this laughably simple cake. Printable recipe at the bottom! Toys in this video: Kitchen scale (Restaurant grade, takes AA batteries or plugs in) Gravy whisk (Fastest way to incorporate starter into liquid ingredients) (I’m an Amazon associate. If you buy from one…

  • Whole Roasted Garlic Cloves (garlic confit)

    ***NOTE*** This method puts garlic (a known vector for botulism) into an anaerobic cooking environment…which gives it the potential to produce botulinin toxin, if the bacteria C. botulinum is present on the cloves. Followed correctly, this method largely minimizes the risk, and botulism is EXTREMELY rare. Still, it can be deadly, so for those wanting…

  • Inclusions / Additions to Simple Sourdough (Adding stuff!)

    How add inclusions to my wildly easy Simple Sourdough method. Print link at the bottom of the recipe! RELATED VIDEOS: Simple Sourdough Rethinking Roasted Garlic TOYS IN THIS VIDEO: My favorite kitchen scale (Restaurant grade, takes AA batteries or plugs in) Clear proofing bowls with lids Parchment rounds (Measure the bottom of your Dutch oven…

  • Sourdough Buttermilk Biscuits

    Y’all…you’ll never taste a better biscuit than this. And only fractionally more complicated than buttermilk biscuits from scratch…which is only fractionally more complicated than dealing with that HORRIBLE refrigerated cylinder of crap from the grocery store. PRINT LINK AT THE BOTTOM! TOYS IN THIS VIDEO: Perfect Pie Blender (The ONLY pastry blender I’ve ever loved)…

  • Simple Sourdough in a Hurry

    Ben Starr, the Ultimate Food Geek, shows you a “cheat” method for getting a loaf of “sourdough” on the table in 2 hours, for those occasions when guests are suddenly coming to dinner and want your famous bread, but you didn’t start a loaf yesterday. Microwave-haters…beware!!! Related videos: How to make sourdough starter.Troubleshooting Simple Sourdough…

  • Simple Sourdough Sandwich Bread (for lazy people)

    Ben Starr, the Ultimate Food Geek, teaches a simple sourdough sandwich bread with no kneading, slapping, or folding, using unfed, cold starter straight from the fridge. (For printable recipe, move to the bottom!) My favorite kitchen scale. (Restaurant grade, takes AA batteries or plug in.) My Pullman loaf pan. My favorite bread knife. (offset handle,…

  • Simple Sourdough for Lazy People

    This recipe has gone viral on YouTube, as it’s vastly easier than most of the other sourdough recipes out there. Please use sleepy, unfed starter straight from your fridge. No kneading for more than a few seconds. No levain/preferments. No stretching, slapping, or folding. Just 5 minutes of effort on day 1. And 5 more…

  • The Easiest Way to Create Sourdough Starter

    (Printable link at the bottom of the recipe!) This is the very easiest way to create a viable sourdough starter from ANY flour in about 2 weeks, with almost no effort. Note that if your starter molds during the first week, your home is high in mold spores, and may even be colonized. You can…

  • Welcome to The Ultimate Food Geek

    Welcome to The Ultimate Food Geek

    I’m Ben Starr, and whether you discovered me by watching YouTube, MasterChef, HGTV, or The Rachael Ray Show, or if you’ve been a follower of my previous website, benstarr.com, across much of its 20 year existence, you are very welcome here. This site is currently focused on Simple Sourdough recipes, as that’s what’s hot on…