Culinary Lesson #12 - YeastsFriday, December 14, 2012
Q11: I think I have a pretty good grasp on the basics to yeast breads, but I'm still a little unsure about the different types of dry yeasts out there. Does one type work better than the other? Does it even matter what type you use, or are they basically interchangeable?
A11: Confusion is completely understandable when it comes to choosing what type of yeast to use. There are basically two different types of dry yeast (active dry yeast and instant dry yeast), yet manufacturers have managed to coin more than enough names for the two. Along with Active Dry Yeast and Instant Dry Yeast, there's also Bread Machine Yeast, Fast Rising Yeast, Rapid Rise Yeast, Quick Rise Yeast, and the list goes on... Below I've touched on some of the major differences between the two main types. As always, feel free to comment on anything additional you'd like covered.