Testing Yeast for Freshness + A Source for Bread-Making Troubleshooting Recipe

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When yeast dough bread-making has poor outcomes, it can be frustrating to figure out what went wrong. Heavy coarse grain, collapsing loaf, dense, gummy chew - these are just a few of the problems encountered. Was it the yeast, flour, measurements or the techniques? For starters check the freshness of the yeast to know if it's still active by running the simple test below. Then if you need to explore further problems and solutions, check out Fleischmann Yeast's <Breadworld.com> web page, click on "Education" then "FAQ's." (See Useful Links below for a link to this site.)

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  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons dry yeast (or 1 packet)


  2. In a 1-cup glass measure, add 1 teaspoon sugar to 1/4 cup warm water (100 to 110 degrees F.)
  3. Sprinkle in 1 packet of dry yeast (2 1/4 teaspoons). Stir well to dissolve, then let stand for 10 minutes without disturbing.
  4. If the yeast foams to the 1/2 cup mark on measuring glass within the 10 minutes, it is fresh and can be used in your recipe.
  5. If not, toss it out and buy some fresh yeast!


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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Recipe %DV
Recipe Size 72g
Calories 43  
Calories from Fat 3 7%
Total Fat 0.41g 1%
Saturated Fat 0.05g 0%
Trans Fat 0.0g  
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 7mg 0%
Potassium 180mg 5%
Total Carbs 7.64g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1.9g 6%
Sugars 4.2g 3%
Protein 3.45g 6%
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