In this week’s episode I show you a quick an easy method to test if the yeast you have at home is still in good condition. This is called proofing yeast, and learning how to proof yeast is a quick test to show if the yeast are still alive. If you are not sure if your yeast is still good, this is a really quick test that will save you a lot of wasted time and ingredients if it turns out your yeast is expired.
If you keep your yeast in the container it came in, or remember to label the expiration date you will never need to go through this process. Unless you have trust issues. If you do… if okay! Sometimes I don’t trust the labels either. But generally yeast that is within its expiration date will still give your bread a good rise! It’s always good to know how to proof yeast though, you never know where or with whom you will be baking!
Let’s get started!
How to Proof Yeast – Video
* In the video player you can increase the video quality (the default is very low). This will show the details of the video A LOT better! Its the cog/wheel shaped button on the right, bottom of the player. This is especially important in how to proof yeast so you can see the bubble in the yeast mixture!
Proofing yeast is a simple and quick safety measure when baking, so easy that some people do it every time they bake. It works within pretty much any recipe.
Take the liquid the recipe calls for, usually water, but you can do this with milk as well, and warm it up a bit. You need the liquid to be lukewarm.
Add the amount of yeast the recipe calls for into your warm water.
Add a pinch of sugar to the mixture.
If you chill next to your yeast mixture you will see some happenings. First the coating of the yeast is kind of melted off by the water. Gradually the yeast stop floating on the top of the liquid and start to sink.
If after 10 or so minutes your yeast mixture has some bubbles or looks foamy, you’re golden. If not give it an extra ten and then check again.
If your yeast looks good go ahead with the rest of your recipe adding the liquid to the other ingredients as written in your recipe. Or, if you’re like me, throw caution to the wind and just dump everything in the bowl and mix. Adding things in order is for the birds!
If your yeast doesn’t perform, you have to buy new. Sadly that’s a fact!
Thank you for watching today. I hope you enjoyed my video episode on how proof yeast. If you found today’s video interesting and helpful, and know someone who could benefit from tips and step by step videos on baking with whole grains, please share with them today!
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