What is yeast?
Yeast is a tiny plant-like substance, and exists around us such as in soil, plant or air. It can exist for a long time and be considered as an oldest cultivated plant. Yeast serves as a catalyst in the fermentation, which is a very important process in making bread. In specific, it produces the gas so as to rise the bread by feeding sugar in flour and carbon dioxide. When you bake the bread, thousands of balloon-like carbon dioxide from yeast give the loaf of bread air texture. Therefore, Bread machine yeast is very important in making bread.
Types of Bread machine yeast
There sre two main types of yeast: Regular Active Dry and Instant Dry (also known as Fast-Rising, Rapid-Rise, Quick Rise, and/or Bread Machine Yeast) and they can be used interchangeably. You can speed uo or slow down the standard of the bread by changing the yeast in the recipe.
Regular Active Dry Yeast
This kind is widely used as cake yeast or compressed yeast. It is commonly used for home use. This yeast helps actively create thousands of gas balloons, but remains dormaint until coming into with the liquids. The active dry yeast needs storing at the room temperature for one year or frozen for decades. You can take a look at these following recipes:
1 package active dry yeast = about 2 1/4 teaspoons = 1/4 ounce. The water temperatures should be at beween 100 degrees to 115 degrees Farenheit.
4 ounce jar active dry yeast = 14 tablespoons.
1 (.6-ounce) cube or cake of cake yeast or fresh yeast) = 1 package of active dry yeast. Cake yeast or compressed yeast is also known as fresh yeast. It doesn’t keep well, it will last about two weeks if it’s frozen and must be used only for a short opening time. If frozen, it can work well without thawing.
Instant Bread machine yeast is used similarly as the active dry yeast, but the granules are much smaller than that of active dry yeast. However, it may be more herishable than active dry yeast, so it need adding with water or for dry dough. There is no need to use warm liquid with instant yeast. Rapid-rise yeast can be added directly to the dry ingredients. Hence, people popularly use in making bread. You can see the suggestion as follows:
1 envelope or packet of instant yeast = 2 1/4 teaspoons = 1/4 ounce
1 (6-ounce) cube or cake of compressed yeast = 1-1/2 to 2 teaspoons instant yeast.
When you use the instant yeast, it takes you about one hour in warm place or long in fridge until the dough is doubled in bulk. Like active dry yeast, the Rapid-rise yeast should be kept at the room temperature if unopened, and for about 12 months in frozen.
How to use Bread machine yeast in making bread?
Sourdoughs: They are initially produced by wild yeast, which is in San Francisco area . Some sourdoughs may be over a hundred years old. The sourdough starter, also known as sponge is a flour and water mixture. You can buy sourdoughs at grocery store.
Some measurements for using different yeasts in recipes:
Instant yeast by 3 for the equivalent amount of fresh yeast.
Active dry yeast by 2.5 for the equivalent amount of fresh yeast.
Instant yeast by 1.25 for the equivalent of active dry yeast.
Expiration date and testing yeast:
-Expiration date is printed on the yeast’s package. However, it can last longer in the freezer.
-Testing yeast is used with sugar. Add 1/2 teaspoon of sugar to the yeast. If it foams and bubbles within about 10 minutes, you will know the yeast is alive and active.
Measuring yeast:You don’t need to follow precisedly any recipes. Because the amount of yeast can make different quality of bread. Let’s measure yeast as you want.
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