by Lee Wyatt
(last updated November 28, 2016)
Simply put, yeast is a very simple, single celled organism that bakers use to help make bread rise. In fact, as gross as it sounds, yeast is actually a fungus that converts the starches and sugars used in baking to carbon dioxide and bubbles, which helps to make bread rise as well as give that extra little punch to alcoholic beverages. Depending on the type of baking that you are doing, yeast can potentially be the single most important ingredient that you use. By forgetting to add yeast, or even by using the wrong kind of yeast, can make your bread or other baking endeavor turn out horribly wrong. In baking, there are typically two kinds of yeast that you can choose from, which are commonly known as active yeast and compressed yeast.. Here is a little bit of information that you can use to help you determine which of these two types of yeast you wish to use the next time that you start doing some home baking.
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