How does dry salt and sugar affect yeast?

When weighing up yeast with other ingredients, it is important to keep it separate from dry salt and sugar. If yeast comes into direct contact with these it can be killed. The amount of salt and sugar in the dough will also affect yeast activity. The more salt and sugar there is, the slower the activity of yeast.

How can the performance of yeast be affected?

  • Time – At first, yeast starts off slowly, then it rises very quickly. After a while, it slows down again. This is because the enzymes in the yeast are working as fast as they can.

  • Temperature – Temperature directly affects the rate at which yeast produces gas. As the dough temperature increases from cold to warm so does the rate of gas production. Optimum temperature for yeast activity is approximately 37°C.

  • Amount – More yeast results in an increased gas production. Less yeast results in a slower gas production.

  • Water – To grow, multiply and produce gas, yeast needs water to be able to convert sugars into carbon dioxide. Water is necessary to dissolve the sugars which allows the enzymes in the yeast to do their work properly.

  • Age – If your sachet has been open for some time, add an extra ¼ teaspoon yeast to maintain bread volume.

  • Storage - Yeast performance can be affected by exposure to air. We recommend storing your open yeast sachets in the fridge in a small sealed container or sealing the yeast bag using a peg.

How to preserve your bread?

  • Cool breads completely before storing.

  • To maintain the freshness of crusty loaves of bread, store them unwrapped at room temperature. Once sliced, place breads in closed paper bags.

  • Breads can also be stored in the freezer. Place bread in a closed plastic bag. We recommend slicing bread before freezing as it will shorten the thawing time. Slices can easily be separated making it possible to take out one’s desired amount. Breads should be used within 6 to 8 weeks of freezing; longer storage means some loss of flavor and moistness.

  • Placing breads in the refrigerator is helpful in warm, humid weather to prevent molding, however, it does cause the breads to dry out more quickly.

How to bake the perfect bread?

  • Measure the ingredients correctly.

  • Use lukewarm water.

  • Do not over mix the dough.

  • Follow instructions correctly.

  • Cool bread on a wire rack to prevent the base from becoming soggy.

  • Whether mixing by hand, dough mixer or bread machine, always add liquids to the bowl first.

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