Make Homemade Raw Yeast

Ever wanted to learn how to make homemade raw yeast?

Yeast Starter = Sponge = Levain

 A starter is a mixture of flour, water, and other ingredients that’s been colonized by wild airborne yeast and friendly bacteria.  These one-celled immigrants lend the starter–and the breads made with it–a special character.

fruit for making yeastprepping fruit for making yeast

I have some dried sultanas stored away, and i decided to have a go at making my own yeast, the dried fruit is idea as it can be stored away for a lengthy time and still be used at a later date.

sultanas yeast

The first things you will need is,

  • Dried fruit.
  • Water.
  • and Glass jar.

Water sultanas

Add the dried fruit and water together and close the jar.

First days of yeast

After a day or 2 the colour of the water will change, you need to open the lid each day to let the yeast breath, and give the contents a mix, do this once a day.

Fizzy yeast

When you open the lid, gas should escape, if this happens you know that the yeast is growing. After about 7-10 days, you should be able to strain the liquid from the fruit.

Strain yeast

You will want to remover the fruit from the liquid with a fine strainer.

flower to yeast

Now pour out the liquid back into the jar and add plain flour, your want to add enough so it turns into a paste.

yeast paste

Growing yeast

[box title=”To Keep It Alive” color=”#ee0202″]To keep your own starter alive, wait until it’s established, then store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator.  To keep it healthy, bring it to room temperature once a week and remove all but about 25% of it (either make bread with it or discard it).  Replace what you’ve taken with a mixture of equal parts warm water and flour, stir, then return it to the refrigerator.  Properly maintained, a starter can last for decades, developing an ever more distinctive character as it ages. To use a starter to make bread, remove some of it (usually about 2 cups), and use it in place of other forms of yeast.  Replace the amount you took with a mixture of equal parts flour and warm water.  Discard your starter if it becomes orange or pink, or if it develops an unpleasant odor.[/box]


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