In the democratic socialist countries of Scandinavia, the social safety nets are famously robust with everything from universal healthcare to publicly financed college. It’s not just human beings that receive support though; their beloved baking ingredients do too. According to a report from NPR, Stockholm is home to a sourdough sitter—a bakery where home bakers who have lovingly cultivated sourdough starters can leave their handiwork while they leave for, yet another of Sweden’s many perks, five weeks of guaranteed vacation.
Sourdough starters (the yeasty slop that imparts the distinct, delicious flavor to loaves of the beloved bread) are famous for their longevity—some are over a century old—but they need some TLC. A good sourdough parent will feed their starter weekly to keep it healthy.