Here’s a brief Yeast 101.
Yes, there are several different kinds of yeast—it’s important to understand the basic differences.
The terms “active dry yeast” and “instant yeast” are often used interchangeably. They basically do the same thing, just in a slightly different way:
• Active dry yeast must be added to a liquid (usually water) to “proof” before it is added to dry ingredients.
• Instant yeast is added to dry ingredients before liquids are added. This leaves out the proofing test (yes, it is faster, but there is one drawback: if yeast fails, you have to throw out all the ingredients and start again).
• Nutritional yeast. This is NOT used for bread. A dry inactive yeast, nutritional yeast is used as a substitute for salt or seasoning on popcorn, salads, etc. It is also used as a vegan alternative for Parmesan cheese.
As the best yeast for French bread, we’d recommend Fleischmann’s active dry yeast.
What We Liked
• Very good rise especially for french breads.
• Available in various package sizes. You can buy it in individual packets, small jars or in bulk in one pound packages.
• No refrigeration required. It lasts about a year.
• All natural ingredients.
• No preservatives.