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a problem with instant yeast

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tommym51

a problem with instant yeast

  i recently purchased from Sams club INSTANT yeast without paying attention to what I was buying.  Now I cant figure out how to make the stuff work.  what i meant to buy was Active dry yeast but I guess I had a case of cranial rectumitits.  Can someone explain how to make this stuff work?  What I use it for is Sweet Roll Dough.

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will slick

You can use it just like the active dry or skip the proof and just put the dry yeast in with the flour. Also you could use a little less in a formula that calls for active dry yeast. I use the same stuff can't beat the price. At first i kept doing the proof old habits die hard now it goes straight in with the dry ingredients.

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saraugie

I am sure once you feel confortable with IY you will be much happier with it.


You need less than IDY, as Will said, no poofing time AND it is the preferred yeast of most of the pros, notably Peter Reinhart

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tommym51

  I misstated my problem.  i understood about not proofing the yeast,  but proofing the bread didnt seem to work well.  after letting the dough rise and punching it downi got a marginial second rise. SO once the dough is made do i need to pan it then?

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will slick

 The IDY should perform exactly like your ADY did only more potent. Maybe your over compensating and using a bit to little? In flour waters link they say 25% less IDY. If all the conditions are the same I don't see why you would not get the same result. IE: Time / temp/ other ingredients that effect yeast activity. Make sure you let the dough just about double, don't over ferment. Then start your proof, use the poke test to see if its ready for the oven. Don't go by the times in the formula alone. Under your conditions it may take longer or shorter time.


Will

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tommym51

thanks so much  for your time and understanding.  i am quite sure now that i let my first rise go too long.  off to make a new batch now.  once again thanks and best wishes to you all.