Baking healthy and delicious sourdough bread at home can be challenging, but I'm here to help . My mission (since 2013!) has always been for The Perfect Loaf to be a resource for baking inspiration and a place to help you become a better sourdough baker.
In addition to supporting the site, members receive perks: access to our baking community chat, no advertisements side-wide, discounts on baking tools, access to future events, an exclusive newsletter, and more to come. See the full list of membership perks below.
Why are there two yearly price levels?
TPL Memberships don't have tiers that unlock additional perks if you pay more, I believe everyone should have access to everything. Some readers have asked if they can contribute more than $50/yr, so the additional levels are there for that reason!
Can I easily cancel or change my membership?
Is the content on The Perfect Loaf still free for everyone?
The sourdough bread baking information here at The Perfect Loaf will always be completely free to everyone. This membership program is a way for me to ensure I'm able to cover costs and allocate more time to the site to test bake, write recipes, guides, and provide email/chat support, and to help improve the site's usability.
Do you have a way I can contribute without becoming a monthly or yearly member?
What is a Lifetime TPL Member?
A lifetime TPL member ($1000, one payment) receives all current and future member perks without any subscription. Admittedly, it's a massive contribution and one I don't expect many (any?) will sign up for, but if you find yourself even considering it, I deeply appreciate it.
Why does The Perfect Loaf have a membership program?
Many readers are unaware I've had this membership program running since 2018, which seems so long! I started it to help cover the costs for the website (domains, hosting, email newsletters, site development, ingredients, all of which rapidly adds up) and to ensure the bread baking content continues coming. Over the years, I've grown the membership program to much more than simply supporting the site. Recently, I've added a slew of baking guides and the Discord community along with other perks, all of which have helped flesh out the membership with additional value and have created a thriving baking community, one that's more many-to-many and a little less one-to-many. I think this is awesome! My goal for the site has always been to help others become better sourdough bread bakers by creating the best baking information, and with continued financial support, this makes my goal more of a reality.
The membership income finds its way back into The Perfect Loaf in one way or another, whether through site improvements (search, design, usability), speed (faster hosting and delivery), or to help increase the amount of time I spend answer questions and helping others. And believe me, not a single dollar goes unappreciated.
How are membership payments handled?
I use Memberful to handle the memberships. Memberful uses Stripe as the payment processor in the backend. All of this means TPL doesn't handle your payment details, nor are they shared with anyone but the designated payment processor.