How Much Yeast is in a Package? And How To Use It Properly
When you are using yeast it is particularly difficult to think ahead of time whether you need a package, half, more or less. And it is also very important. So, as it has happened to me before, we’re left with questions on how much and how to use yeast.
If you love baking, or even just cooking, like I do, then you know that yeast is essential for leavening—or making your baked goods “rise” up. However, yeast can also be used in making beverages such as wine and beer. In the end though, all amounts vary.
By now you ask yourself, how will I use yeast? How much yeast is in a package? How do I know the right amount for my specific meal? Today I will tell you more about yeast, help you see how much yeast is in a package, and decide how much to use when baking or cooking.
I’m Ready to Cook: But How Much Yeast Is In a Package?
Overall, packages may vary, but most commonly each package contains ¼ oz or 2 ¼ tablespoons of yeast. This is all equivalent to approximately 7 grams of yeast.
This is just standard for the amounts of yeast that come in your package, but you may want to know what these measurements mean.
Ounces, Tablespoons or Grams?
When you cook, or bake, it is hard to know what measurements to use. I often come across recipes that vary in measurement units and I have to decide what to do. So, here are some common conversions to help solve your doubts:
|3 teaspoons||1 tablespoon||1/2 ounce||14.3 grams|
|2 tablespoons||1/8 cup||1 ounce||28.3 grams|
|4 tablespoons||1/4 cup||2 ounces||56.7 grams|
|5 1/3 tablespoons||1/3 cup||2.6 ounces||75.6 grams|
|8 tablespoons||1/2 cup||4 ounces||113.4 grams|
|12 tablespoons||3/4 cup||6 ounces||.375 pound|
|32 tablespoons||2 cups||16 ounces||1 pound|
But… What Exactly is Yeast?
Yeast is made up of the single-celled organism known as Saccharomyces cerevisiae. This organism multiplies very fast when it comes into contact with sugar in a humid place. Yeast will also multiply when there is starch, and it then turns it into glucose.
After this process, the sugar will be fermented and converted into alcohol and carbon dioxide. As the carbon dioxide expands, it produces the fluffy texture you know and love in baked foods.
How Can I Make Sure My Yeast Will Work?
Yeast will grow in temperatures between 100-115 °F. However, for leavening, the ideal temperature is actually between 80-95 °F. You want to use this lower temperature to prevent the yeast from growing too quickly, which will leave bubbly openings in your baked results.
Keep in mind too that yeast dies at 120°F, so it’s always important to use yeast in a controlled environment where you can monitor the temperature regularly.
What Are My Yeast Options?
Most yeast comes in single packages, as dry active yeast. You don’t have to refrigerate your yeast if it comes in an airtight package and it’s stored in a cool dry place.
You can now also find fast-rising active yeast, which is a smaller grain and can speed up the leavening process by 50 percent. Since this activates faster, it can also be used mixed in with dry active yeast.
There is also a third option out there. Compressed fresh yeast is made up of around 70 percent moisture and has to be stored in the refrigerator. This one is highly perishable and will die after 2 weeks, or it can be stored in the freezer but must be used immediately after thawing.
What Can I Do With Yeast?
You can do many things with yeast. The key part here is what type of yeast you are going to use, and if it is still active. How do I know if my yeast is active? You may ask… Here is a trick.
Dissolve 1 teaspoon of sugar in ½ cup of water–preferably warm to around 100°F– and then slowly sprinkle some yeast into the water. Stir it and let it sit for 10 minutes. Within 3 minutes, the yeast should have absorbed enough liquid and rise to the top.
If by the end of 10 minutes your yeast has multiplied significantly, it is in fact fresh and ready to use. You can watch a video on it before testing whether you can use the yeast or not. This process is known as proofing your yeast.
The fact is, yeast is essential in baking breads, but not the quick ones that only use baking soda and baking powder. Yeast is part of artisan bread, bread loaves, rolls and even sandwich bread.
As for pastries, yeast is also part of them, from cinnamon rolls, challah bread, and brioche, to croissants and danishes.
Ready to Start Your Baking Adventure?
Your first question should always be: how much yeast is in a package? This one will save you a lot of trouble when you are ready to start cooking and need to proof your yeast. Remember that usually packages come with ¼ oz or 2 ¼ tablespoons of yeast or about 7 grams.
As you now know though, there are three different types of yeast. I usually stick to the regular dry active yeast or maybe mix it with the fast-rising dry yeast when I need to save time.
Yeast is part of many of our foods, and I particularly love making fresh pastries, so knowing how to use and manage yeast is always important for me. Did this article help you? How do you usually work with yeast?
Let me know what you usually use yeast for and if you have any particular preferences I may have missed! It’s baking season, let’s get started!