Types of yeast and how to use them

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Baking the perfect bread is no easy task. It takes a little extra effort, time, arm strength for kneading and a lot of patience to bake a fluffy bread with a crusty exterior. Did you know that the wonderful fluff or the rise in the bread comes from the yeast? We will let you in on a little secret. It also adds a teensy bit to the moist, rich taste. If you are new to baking your own bread at home, it must be difficult for you to choose the right kind of yeast. Here’s the only guide you need to understand how different types of yeast work and how to choose one that’s perfect for you.

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02/6Instant Yeast

This yeast is also known as the rapid rise, bread machine or quick rise bread. It is perfect for people who bake their bread every day. Instant yeast is sold in small jars and packets. Most recipes allow interchanging this one with the same quantity of active dry yeast. One particular difference between both is that instant yeast does not need to be left in warm water to activate. The particles of instant yeast are smaller than the active one and can be mixed with the dry ingredients.

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03/6Osmotolerant Yeast

Osmotolerant yeast is an excellent choice if you are planning to make cinnamon rolls or something sugary. Sweet doughs take more time to rise when compared to the plain dough. In fact, most sweet doughs don’t rise enough at all to make fluffy, airy bread. Osmotolerant is a special yeast that is usually not readily available with the same name.

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04/6Active Dry Yeast

This is the most commonly demanded yeast in homemade bread recipes. These look like tiny tan coloured granules and come in small packets. If you put it in a cool and dry place, active yeast can also be kept for long. They, however, need to be put into warm water to be proofed before being added to the dough. This helps activate the bacterias, which helps the dough increase in volume for fluffy bread.

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05/6Nutritional Yeast

If you want to level up the nutritional value of your bread while adding a distinct nutty flavour to it, nutritional yeast can be a good option. However, be aware that it would not help your bread rise. It is not normally used for baking as it is a deactivated yeast mostly consumed as a health supplement. Nutritional yeast is rich in B Vitamins. Remember, no other types of yeast except this one is safe for direct consumption in any amount.

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06/6Fresh Yeast

This yeast is somewhat hard to come by and can be found in the dairy section of the supermarkets. These have a soft texture and are usually sold as bars or small cakes. Even though they have often the same kinds of bacterias, fresh yeast has a shorter lifespan than its dry or instant relatives. It must be used within two weeks of purchase and must be stored in the refrigerator. To use fresh yeast, it must be broken into crumbs and proofed in water like active yeast.

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