Admittedly, I use my starter a lot less now than when I first started keeping one about 3 years ago. In the beginning, it’s love at first sight when you get your starter home (mine was from a friend) or your homemade starter is ready to begin using. As time passes, though, you realize like every relationship, it’s about balance. You don’t want or need to become a slave to your starter. It keeps well in the fridge for a week to 10 days between feedings, and can even be frozen if you’ve no plan to use it for longer. I’ve never done this personally but a friend does. I use my starter once a week on average. Some weeks it’s more and other weeks I just feed it, and pop it back in the fridge. The point is that starter is a longtime relationship, and as time passes you’ll find your own ebb and flow. If like the rest of Instagram you began keeping a starter recently, here’s some tried and true favorites from my collection of recipes. Happy bread baking!