Yeast is magical yet it can be a little intimidating.
• Most of the breads that I will feature on How To Make Homemade Bread.. com are made with yeast. Understanding your yeast is important to have good performance in your bread.
• Yeast is a living organism, and its freshness and shelf life is determined by how the yeast is stored.
• To keep yeast active it needs to be stored in a cool place such as your fridge in an airtight container, free from moisture. I store yeast in the container I purchased it in making sure it is tightly closed.
• Storing your yeast correctly will keep it fresh longer.
• Make sure you check the ‘use by’ date on the package.
• How to check to see if your yeast is fresh-
• You will need 1 teaspoon sugar
• 1 pkg of dry yeast or 2 1/4 teaspoon of granulated yeast
• ½ cup warm water – NOT hot to the touch
1 cup measuring cup
Put sugar, then yeast in measuring cup.
Pour warm water on top. Gently stir.
In three to four minutes the yeast should absorb the water and in about
ten minutes the foamy yeast mixture should have risen to the top of the cup.
If nothing has happened, your yeast is not active and should not be used.
You may now use this yeast mixture in your recipe taking in account for the
amount of water you have already used.
Don’t be afraid of yeast. It gives wonderful texture and great taste to your bread.
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Lorie Fleischer has a passion for making great bread. With 35 years of experience in the kitchen, she brings a wealth of knowledge to this site. Her second love is to teach other people the art of bread making. With 5 children and 5 grandchildren she has many willing participants to test her latest creations.