Compressed Yeast

Posted on April 8th, 2011 by Bread making machines in Bread Making Resources

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Compressed yeast, also known as wet or fresh yeast, features a high content of moisture.  You will find that is it commonly used in baking bread and bakery products.  Although compressed yeast has an extremely short shelf life, in most cases, it is better than dry active yeast.  It is fast acting and it stays active longer than regular yeast.

bread - bread making machineBefore baking, always examine your yeast carefully.  Compressed yeast is cream/beige in color.  You should notice both crumbly and moist properties.

Should your yeast appear brown or show any signs of mold, dispose of it immediately.  To test whether your yeast is still active, add a little to a glass of warm water.  If it begins to foam and bubble then you are in good shape.  Compressed yeast only has a shelf life of about two or three weeks so you need to be careful with how much you purchase.

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