Cooking 101: Differences Between Types of Yeast

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  1. Karen D. July 30, 2011, 5:14 pm

    Great post! I bake bread every other day (Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day) and use a lot of yeast. I have recently discovered SAF Red Instant yeast. It comes in a 1 pound block and works incredibly well. It is SO much cheaper buying yeast this way. (around $4 for 16oz of yeast)

    1. lacey - a sweet pea chef July 31, 2011, 12:18 am

      Thanks, Karen! Thanks for the info on SAF Red Instant yeast — I’ve never heard of that before, but will check it out.

  2. Matt June 16, 2013, 11:37 pm

    Working as a brewer i thought i should throw in a few more pieces of yeast info.

    Dont freeze yeast this will kill it, (fresh or dry)

    Cold storage will make all yeast last longer (including dried yeast) just don’t freeze it.

    proofing or re hydrating dried yeast in water first will result in more yeast cells awake and alive to do the work. Let the yeast rehydrate first before adding anything to the water

    1. Lacey Baier March 12, 2014, 9:24 pm

      Thanks so much for adding in these extra tidbits of useful info on yeast, Matt! I really appreciate the input :)

  3. Mary ellen creighton November 16, 2013, 10:51 pm

    Bread machine instructions say not to let the yeast touch the liquid in the machine. Does that mean to use only bread machine yeast with the recipe.

    1. Lacey Baier March 12, 2014, 9:27 pm

      Hi Mary. Good question. Bread machine yeast is designed specifically for use in bread machines so it’s definitely the best option to use. If you’re going to start the machine right away, there’s no reason to separate the yeast from the liquids. It’s if you plan to delay the start of making the bread that you’d need to separate the yeast from the liquid (typically with the flour). I hope that helps!

  4. Marge April 29, 2014, 6:21 pm

    I think this a great help, but I’m very allergic to yeast so I have to use lemon juice and baking soda instead, but how does it work with a bread machine–please help me if you can!

    1. Lacey Baier April 30, 2014, 8:58 pm

      Hi Marge. Unfortunately, I have never substituted yeast for baking soda and lemon.


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