Introduction: Homemade Yeast- Make Your Own and Save $$$

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                                                                 Yeast is yeast  ??

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:

3 Packets of regular active yeast - not rapid rise

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

 1/2 sugar

  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.

Step 3: Putting It All Together:

Let the mixture "work" until it is nice and foamy - in warm weather, this should take just a couple of hours.

Start stirring in the cornmeal, a little at a time, until you have achieved a  thick solid base that can be rolled out.

Place on  cornmeal dusted waxed paper and dust  the  surface also lightly with cornmeal. I use a full sized baking pan with a waxed paper covering to sandwich in the mixture. roll out until about 1/8" thick.

After the "dough" has been rolled out 1/8" thick,remove top sheet of waxed paper. This can then be cut into packet-sized pieces and air dried or placed in a food dehydrator (on low setting).

It took 24 hours to air dry this batch.

Step 4: Finishing Up

When completely dry, use a food processor to grind yeast mixture until it is "crumbles."/ or wrap as "cakes"  The yeast will store in an airtight container for up to a year in your freezer.

When your supply starts to get low, just start over from Step One with 3 tablespoons of your homemade yeast mix.

I use 1 tablespoon of yeast to = one package of yeast.

This yeast mixture will be slower to proof/rise, but I'm never in a hurry when baking.

Step 5: Does It Work?

These are the bagels that I made using this "extended yeast mixture."

Eight were made, I just forgot to tell the folks I needed pictures.