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Saturday, April 18, 2009

Make Your Own Yeast

Here are 3 ways to make your own yeast.

1. Make a thin batter of flour and lukewarm water. Let it stand in a warm place until it ferments and is full of bubbles. 2 cups of this liquid yeast is equal to 1 cup of old yeast. Yeast is good when it is foamy and full of beads, has a brisk pungent odor and has a snap and *vim. It is bad when it has an acid odor, is watery and has a thin film on top.
*Vim: Lively

2. 1 cup + 1/2 cup flour
6 tpsp. oil
6 tbsp water
6 tbsp honey
Place 1 cup of the flour,the oil,water and honey in a bowl. Mix well and knead, adding a little more flour as needed to keep the dough from sticking to your fingers. Let rest at least 2 days in a very warm place. Add remaining 1/2 cup of flour and knead again; let rest another 2 days. Your starter is ready to use.

3. Witch Yeast
1 cup mashed potato
1/4 cup sugar
2 tsp salt
1 cup warm water
Stir together in a quart glass jar, cover with a cloth and leave in a warm place (80-85 degrees) for two days or until it ferments, bubbles up and smells pleasantly sour. Use, or seal and refrigerate. Can be used in white bread or in other sourdough recipes if you choose.

Original: http://www.wilderness-survival.net/forums/showthread.php?t=6552