Bread Machine Yeast:
For all of you out there who are completely new to the world of homemade bread, this article might be a good place to get some knowledge on bread machine yeast. I assume that you don’t know much about yeast, nor its types, so I’ve decided to help you out.
What Is Yeast?
First, let me begin with explaining what yeast is. Yeast is a tiny microorganism that can be found everywhere around us, from plants to air.
The reason why it is one of the main ingredients for making bread is because it helps with the fermentation process. Have you ever noticed how yeast rises? Well, this happens because yeast feeds on sugars found in flour, and then it expels carbon dioxide. This is why the bread has an airy texture.
Types Of Yeast – Bread Machine Yeast
When it comes to different types of yeast there is fresh and dry yeast. As you probably already noticed, finding fresh yeast in stores is almost impossible. Why? Because it tends to perish quickly, so it has to be handled properly. Understandably, the owners of local stores don’t want to deal with this process, so they simply don’t sell fresh yeast. However, professional cook love using fresh yeast more than dry, because it delivers super tasty dough (later bread).
As for dry yeast, there are three types (active dry, instant yeast, and rapid-rise yeast), all of them have been using for bread making.
Active Dry Yeast
Dry yeast is most commonly used at homes. The good thing about this type of yeast is that even though it’s active, it won’t rise until being sagged into liquid. So, when you’re making bread, and don’t want the yeast to rise before it should, simply use flour to prevent that.
If you want to use active dry yeast for your bread machine, make sure to buy a quality one. Of course, the more time it passes, after the yeast came into contact with liquid, the better taste of bread will be. So, if you don’t mind waiting for yeast to rise, and want to make super tasty bread, this is the way to go.
The difference between active dry yeast and instant yeast is that the first one requires two rises and the second one needs only one rise before you can use it. Obviously, that’s where its name (instant yeast) comes from. Now, the reason why instant yeast will rise so fast is because of its texture. It’s finely ground and will absorb moisture much faster, so the result will be perfectly airy dough. This means that this type is ideal if you use a bread machine. It will produce flavorful dough (bread) in a short time.
But, keep in mind that this type of yeast should not be used for refrigerated dough baking methods.
The last type of yeast is so-called rapid-rise yeast. Compared to the first two types, this one will rise in the fastest way, because its granules are much smaller than instant yeast. Those who have bread machines with the “rapid bake” mode, usually use this type of yeast. It will encourage the growth of bread and will help bake it in less than an hour. However, cooks don’t love using rapid-rise yeast, as it doesn’t get the chance to develop flavors, so dough (later bread) will have more of a bland taste.
So, in case you are in a biiiig hurry, you can use rapid-rise yeast, but otherwise, I wouldn’t recommend it. For me, the beauty of homemade bread lies in its crispiness, lovely, airy texture and that unique wonderful taste, so I don’t want to ruin all that by using rapid-rise yeast when I actually don’t have to.
Where To Store Yeast?
Active Dry Yeast – Open And Unopened Package
- If you have already opened yeast, there is no need to throw it away. Instead, you can leave the yeast in its original package/container, put it in a plastic bag that is resealable and then put in the fridge (it can be kept there for six months) or in the freezer – where you can keep It for even one year.
- So you’ve bought active dry yeast and then you’ve noticed that its expiration date was a long time ago? Well, don’t worry. This type of yeast, when unopened at the room temperature, will be in a good condition for even one year, after the expiration date. What’s more, if kept in the freezer, it will be in a good condition for more than a year.
If you opened instant yeast, you can place it in the fridge and keep it there for six months, and even one year in the freezer. Like with active dry yeast, you have to keep instant yeast in its original package and keep it in a resealable plastic bag.
If unopened at the room temperature, instant yeast will be good for use, for one year after its expiration date.
How To Test Yeast?
In case you aren’t sure whether yeast is alive, try this quick test. Just add a half of the teaspoon of sugar into the bowl where you previously put water and yeast. It is important to add sugar and stir at the same time. Then, leave yeast for ten minutes and wait ‘til you see foam and bubbles. This will mean that yeast is still active and alive.
Bread Machine Yeast – Conclusion
I hope that this article helped you get a better understanding of bread machine yeast. Remember that the choice of yeast will have a huge impact on the texture and taste of your bread, so choose wisely. If you want only the best and have time for that luxury, use active dry yeast. On the other hand, if you are very hungry and don’t want to wait, use rapid-rise yeast. In case you want tasty bread, but don’t want to wait for two rises, then choose instant yeast.