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I, also, buy a huge package of yest and keep it in the frig... :}


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Very Interesting and I would have loved to learn this when I was in my 20's and 30's.

But I don't bake enough of anything with yeast to make it worth my while nowadays.

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Thank you for this good information. I will copy it for future use.
But I must say that purchasing a large package of yeast at Costco every year and keeping some in the refrigerator and most of it in the freezer is much easier and less time consuming.


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Yeast Learn how to make your own 1-5-20

If you canít get to a grocery store for Fleischmanís, whatís the alternative? Try growing your own yeast! Here are a few methods that should fit most needs and skill levels. Depending on the availability of the items listed below, choose one that best fits you, your region, and your personal stockpile.
***Raisin / Fruit Yeast
Ingredients
Clean Glass jar. (24oz. or larger) Sterilize in hot water and allow it to dry.
Water. Clean, filtered, or bottled is good. Tap water can be used, depending on your local conditions. Warning: Too much chlorine in your water, or water that is too basic, can kill the yeast.
Raisins or other fruit. Most fruits have traces of yeast on their skins. Note that you may not get as good of a result with fruit that has been washed and waxed.
Instructions
Place three to four tablespoons of raisins in your jar. Adding a few tablespoons of honey or sugar will facilitate the fermentation process.
Fill the jar ĺ full with water. Place the lid on the jar lightly. Do NOT tighten the lid Ė you will want to allow some air to escape.
Place jar at constant room temperature. Do not allow the jar to get cold. This will kill off the yeast and stop the process.
Stir at least once a day for three to four days.
When bubbles form on the top and you smell a wine-like fermentation you have yeast. The raisins, or fruit, should be floating.
Place your new yeast in the refrigerator.
***Yeast from Grain/ Sourdough Starter
Yeast is already present on grain. All you need to do is to cultivate it in a manner similar to the above instructions. Here is a basic recipe for sourdough starter.
Ingredients
1 1/4 C unbleached all purpose flour or milled wheat berries
1 C clean warm water
1 sterile jar with cheesecloth or lid
Instructions
Mix the flour and warm water, and keep at room temperature.
After several days, the mixture will start to bubble and will begin to rise.
Keep your starter in the refrigerator when not in use. Use as you would any sourdough starter.
***Yeast from Potatoes
The starch in potatoes makes it another prime candidate for yeast production.
Ingredients
1 unpeeled medium-sized potato
4 C warm water
1 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
1-quart jar
Instructions
Rinse your potato to remove dirt, but donít scrub it too much.
Cut it into pieces to facilitate cooking, then boil until cooked through.
Drain, and save the water.
Mash the potato and add sugar and salt.
Allow mixture to cool until it is at room temperature.
Add water to the potato mash until the whole mixture equals 1 quart.
Cover and let sit in a warm place and allow it to ferment for several days.
Feeding the Starter
Once you have created your own yeast, you need to ďfeedĒ it regularly. This means adding 1 cup flour and 1 cup water to the mix so that the yeast can keep growing. You will need to feed the starter daily if it is at room temperature, or weekly if it is in the fridge. If you donít bake bread that day, you will also need to toss out one cup of the starter after feeding so that the ratios stay the same. This is an important step, and can be a great motivator to bake regularly so that none of your hard work goes to waste! Yeast starters are one thing you will not want to throw in the compost pile, as the bacteria can grow out of control and give you a very unpleasant result.
No matter which method you choose, making your own yeast is a skill that dates back thousands of years.
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