I fully realize this is rather old fashioned to make yeast and to use it for my baking. But I do it anyway. Because it is healthier than just using that quick rising dry business. Yes, dry yeast takes the nutrition down in bread while real yeast actually raises it. I am not above some dry yeast now and then, but this truly is my preference. Baking the way my great grandmother baked before quickness and convenience became the hallmark of good food. Back when nutrition still mattered and food was an art as well as a practicality.
This particular yeast is an einkorn whole wheat yeast. But you can do this with rye, whole wheat, and even all purpose flower. I use this yeast as a base for sour dough savory english muffins. But that is a recipe for another day. Today, I just want to share about making yeast.
I usually start with half a cup whole wheat einkorn flour and half a cup of water. I put them both together in a jar and mix well. I might also add a tiny pinch of that dry yeast to help support my real yeast in forming, mixing it into my flour and water mixture in a jar. Typically I leave my yeast out the first 3 days, feeding it a table spoon of flour and water daily and mixing it in very well. I leave the cap on but not screwed on. And I cover it with a dish towel and leave it in a warmish spot in the kitchen. Sometimes I put it next to the fireplace for a few days if it is winter to keep it warm. After that, I start feeding it a table spoon or 2 of water and flour while I keep it in the refrigerator. So that I only need to feed it a couple times a week. I like to keep about 2 cups of years on hand, from which I take what is called for for my recipes, for breads and english muffins and other yummies.
The trick is to feed it for example on monday and wait to use it till wednesday, use it, add some flour and water in equal portion and mix. It is that simple. I use this for a great Alaskan bread recipe that is sour dough, a nettle sour dough bread. So good. But again this is just to discuss the joys of real yeast. It’s nice to be feeding my family something truly healthy and natural.
Thank you for reading
Amanda of Wildflower Farm