Yesterday, at the store a three pack of Fleischmann's yeast cost $2.25, now it is a great product, a solid and reliable brand, no fail ever for me, but it just cost too much .
Call me "green, frugal, cheap, or just smart" I do not buy store bought yeast anymore.
In the "old days" folks needed yeast to cook their daily bread- Fleischmanns did not exist. What did they do?
"They extended the yeast that they already had," it is a simple natural process that I have up-dated to modern ingredients and measurements.
Step 1: Ingredients Needed:
2 Cups of Corn Meal- Approx.
1/2 Cup of Sugar
1/2 Cup of Flour
1 Teaspoon of Ginger (either fresh grated or powdered)
Enough potatoes peeled and cooked to make 1 cup of mashed potatoes
Step 2: Getting Started:
Peel and cook the potatoes until soft drain and mash reserving 1/2 cup of the coking liquid.
In a medium bowl add the 1/2 cup of potato liquid (cooled to between 105-107F.) to three packets of Active Dry Yeast- mix well.
Set this bowl aside for 10-15 minute until the mixture gets foamy.
Into a large bowl add the "working" yeast/potato water to:
1/2 cup flour
1 cup of coled mashed potatoes
1 Tablespoon of ground Ginger
Set the bowl aside loosely covered with a kitchen towel until the mixture has risen and is bubbly. The time it takes for this step depends on the warmth of the room.