Instructions to Activate Fleischmann's Yeast

By Adam Drake

Bake a perfect loaf by using good quality yeast to ensure a well-risen dough. Yeast is a single cell plant that grows rapidly, converting starch into carbon dioxide as it does so, and therefore causing bread dough to rise. Traditionally yeast has been used in a fresh form, but the results can be unreliable and the product only has a shelf life of a few days. Dried yeast, however, is more reliable and has a much longer storage life. Fleischmann's was the first company in North America to commercially produce yeast products, and has continued to do so since 1868. Their product range now includes several different types of yeast.

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The perfect loaf requires the correct use of a good quality yeast.

Active Dry Yeast

Step 1

Run the hot water faucet for a few minutes and then draw 1/4 cup warm water into the jug.

Step 2

Check the temperature of the water using a thermometer. It should be between 100 and 110 degrees Fahrenheit to ensure activation of the yeast. If you do not have a thermometer the water should feel hot to the touch but not scalding or very hot.

Step 3

Empty the packet of Fleishmann's Active Dry yeast into the water and stir well. Leave to stand for 10 minutes.

Step 4

Add the yeast solution to your prepared ingredients and mix well, following your preferred recipe.

RapidRise Yeast Method

Step 5

Open the packet of Fleishmann's RapidRise yeast and add the contents directly to the dry ingredients. No activation is required.

Step 6

Heat any liquids required in your recipe to between 120 and 130 degrees Fahrenheit. Use a thermometer to check the temperature if possible.

Step 7

Mix well and allow to the mixture to rise, according to your preferred recipe.

Fresh Active Yeast

Step 8

Run the hot water faucet for a few minutes and then draw 1/4 cup warm water into the jug.

Step 9

Check the temperature of the water using a thermometer. It should be between 100 and 110 degrees Fahrenheit to ensure activation of the yeast.

Step 10

Crumble the required amount of Fleishmann's fresh yeast into the water and stir. Allow it to stand for 10 minutes to soften.

Step 11

Add the yeast solution to your prepared ingredients and mix well, following your preferred recipe.