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Types of Yeast Used for Baking and Cooking

Let's learn to differentiate between the types of yeast before you start using it for cooking and baking.
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saccharomyces cerevisiae
Of all the species of yeast,

is most commonly used for different culinary adventures.
Yeasts feed                on releasing carbon dioxide and alcohol. This helps in rising of the dough that leads to softer breads.
Let's have a quick look at the 

used for baking and cooking.
7 types of yeast

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Active Dry Yeast
is partially dehydrated, made inert, and then ground into granules.  This is the most common type of yeast found on store shelves.
Active Dry Yeast
Does your baking recipe require double rise or longer proofing time? Active dry yeast is the perfect choice for such recipes due to its slow fermentation period compared to other types of yeast.
Fresh Yeast
is often found in cake or compressed form. It needs refrigeration as it can readily perish when kept at room temperature.
Fresh yeast
Since it is perishable, you need to proof the yeast before using it. For this, you need to dissolve it in warm water. If it starts foaming in 5 to 10 mins, it is good to use.
Liquid Yeast
is a slurry of live yeast, flour, and water. You need to add fresh carbohydrate sources to the liquid to keep the yeast viable.
Liquid yeast
Instant Yeast
is the most active form of yeast that does not require dissolving in any liquid before use. It requires only one rise and is often called rapid rise yeast.
Instant yeast
Yeast Extract
Yeast extract
is a concentrated yeast product available in form of paste. It has umami and pungent flavor. Yeast extract is added to soups, frozen foods, snacks, etc.
Top Fermenting Yeast
also called Ale yeast, rises to the top during fermentation. This leads to a rich, thick head during beer fermentation. Ale yeast can lead to the production of beer within a few days.
Top fermenting yeast
Bottom Fermenting Yeast
Bottom fermenting yeast
is commonly known as lager yeast. These yeasts require cooler temperatures for fermentation. They take time to ferment as compared to top-fermenting yeast. Lager yeast does not produce more foam.
We have just discussed the

used in various culinary adventures. Which types of yeast do you plan to use in your kitchen adventures?
7 types of yeast