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How to Proof Yeast


It's a real bummer when bread fails to rise because it means you've wasted both time and ingredients. Fortunately, you can avoid this mishap by proofing your yeast before you use it.
Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: 10 minutes

Here's How:

  1. Combine the yeast, warm water and sugar called for in your recipe in a bowl. Let sit for 10 minutes.

    Note: If your recipe doesn't call for sugar, add a small amount (1/8 tsp will do it), to give the yeast something to feed on.

  2. If the mixture isn't foamy, it's time to run to the store for more yeast.


  1. Keep your warm water to 110-115 degrees. Anything hotter, and you'll kill the yeast.
  2. Store your yeast in the fridge, and it will stay fresh longer
  3. Be sure to check the expiration date before you buy yeast

What You Need

  • Yeast
  • Water
  • Sugar
  • A bowl
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