BREAD MAKER vs ACTIVE DRIED YEAST
Tasti Breadmaker Yeast
Our Tasti Breadmaker Yeast includes yeast and improver, which means that you can add it on the first step of mixing the dry ingredients and guarantee an even distribution throughout your bread dough.
If you have purchased Tasti Breadmaker Yeast, you'll notice that it has a compound of 45% active dry yeast and the remainder of ingredients are emulsifiers and enzymes, while Tasti Active Dry Yeast has a compound of 100% active dry yeast.
Tasti Breadmaker Yeast is best used in bread making machines. The granules of yeast are smaller and when mixed with improvers, helps with the rising process. Because of the improvers, the yeast in this product is less concentrated so you will need to use twice as much as you would of the Tasti Active Dried Yeast. We would recommend about 1tsp of Tasti Breadmaker Yeast per cup of flour.
Tasti Top Tip!
Add the water at around 24 – 26°C to achieve the best dough rise!
Tasti Active Dried Yeast
Tasti Active Dried Yeast is 100% compound of active dry yeast which works much better when you make a quick hydration in water before adding to the flour. In suitable temperatures, it will help release the carbon dioxide (CO2) which brings volume and taste results.
Tasti Active Dried Yeast works best for handmade bread and needs to be “proved” prior to adding it to the rest of your ingredients. Proving is the process of kick starting the yeast and getting it growing and multiplying. The best way to proof your yeast is to mix it with warm water and 1 tsp of sugar. Leave it in a warm, draft free place for 10-15 minutes until a foam forms on the surface of the liquid. This foam shows you that the yeast is working as expected and is ready to be added in with your remaining ingredients.
Tasti Top Tip!
Tasti Active Dried Yeast is also useful for home brewing!
MEASURING PROOF TIME
You can do a simple test to measure the proof time. Make a small ball of your dough and place it into a glass of oil. When it floats, you will get the time required to proof your dough. If the process is taking a little longer that you want, simply add a little extra yeast.
HOW SHOULD I STORE MY YEAST?
Yeast is a live product, so keeping it in a cold and dark place helps it to stay in good condition for longer. Storing it in the fridge once opened is ideal. If yeast gets too hot at any time, it may no longer work so be careful not to leave it in a hot car or on a sunny kitchen bench. As a general rule, yeast should never be stored in temperatures hotter than 25°C.
MY YEAST SEEMS TO WORKING SLOWLY, OR NOT AT ALL. WHY!?!
Yeast works best at body temperature (around 37°C). Hot temperatures, like boiling water can kill it. If it’s too cold, it will work slowly. If it has been stored at too high a temperature or is past its best before date it may not work as well.
I USE THE RAPID BAKE FUNCTION ON MY BREAD-MAKER, IS THERE ANYTHING I SHOULD KNOW?
The rapid functions on some bread-makers cut down the proving time, which is when the yeast reactivates and multiplies. If you are using the rapid function, you may need to add more yeast to your recipe than you would normally use. Check your bread-maker manual for more information.
MY RECIPE ASKS FOR BOTH YEAST AND BREAD IMPROVER, WHAT SHOULD I DO?
Some recipes call for these ingredients separately, just combine the amounts and add that quantity of Tasti Breadmaker Yeast. For example, if the recipe asks for 1 teaspoon of yeast and 1 teaspoon of bread improver, you would add 2 teaspoons of Tasti Breadmaker Yeast.