Instant Yeast

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Many bread recipes call for the yeast to “proof” in warm water before mixing the other ingredients. You can skip this step by using instant yeast. Using instant yeast allows you to convert most bread recipes to bread machine recipes.

Another tip, buy yeast in bulk. Costco, Sam’s and BJ’s all sell yeast in 16 oz containers. You an also order it from most food co-ops and even Amazon.

Yeast should be stored in an airtight container in a cool dry place. I normally store mine in the fridge and it lasts for about a year. I have read that you should never freeze yeast, although some people still do and have good results.

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  1. If you do proof instant yeast, will your bread not rise? I wonder if that is what I did wrong?

  2. I freeze my yeast after opening and it works just fine for me. I just have a smaller container in the fridge and I add scoops to that whenever I’m low.

  3. I have recently bought a bread machine and I have been using instant yeast. I have tried to follow the directions very carefully, but my bread is still not rising like it should. Any tips? Also, in one of your bread recipes, you use lecithin, what does it do? Thanks for all your great advice!

  4. i always freeze yeast and have never had a problem. my mom gave me a bit of her costco container of it which is who knows how old (i’ve had it for at least a year) and it still works great.

  5. I actually do freeze my yeast and have never had problems with that. Not sure why I do that instead of the fridge.

    I also buy the yeast at Sam’s. I was going through way too many little jars of it so I was very happy when I found it in bulk!

  6. I buy my yeast at Sam’s and also freeze it. I have never had a problem. I also proof it before I add it to my flour.

  7. I have the same bread machine as you do. Do you have any good recipes for a french style baguette for the bread machine? I know the shape won’t be the same. We’re looking more for texture & flavor. I use the machine to help my yeast rise. Our home is too cool for it to work otherwise.

  8. I hardly ever proof my dry yeast any more… even when a recipe calls for doing so. I use active dry yeast from Costco (they don’t carry instant active dry yeast here — at least the 3 Costcos I’ve checked here in western WA) but use it just like the instant. (I wrote about this confusing topic a while back… It doesn’t get the bread off to the FAST(er) start that proofing does, but with an extra 30 minutes or so on the first rise, it works excellently! 🙂

    As far as Tara’s question about proofing instant yeast — I think the only danger in that is that your yeast will be spent/finished before your bread is risen and baked. The instant yeast works more quickly at the beginning than active dry yeast… BUT I know I have proofed instant yeast in the past when making challah bread… and it worked fine! So… 🙂

    • TheHappyHousewife says:

      Thanks for sharing your expertise Tammy! I don’t proof instant yeast very often, because I have not had good results. I am going to have to try your challah bread!

      • Oh, and I should add — I’m not recommending proofing instant yeast… just that if it accidentally happens it doesn’t mean the bread won’t be edible! 😉

  9. i use to try instant yeast,but my bread was not rising?i don’t know the difference between an active and instant yeast?can anybody tell me?

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