To you bread making types and other bakers too
by David Schwartz on Friday, October 1, 2010 at 1:58pm
Now that I'm in school and we're trying to save some costs I've taken up bread making. Now I haven't found out how to buy yeast in bulk and the TJ's out here only sells yeast in the fall (which is cheaper than anyone else), so I have taken up trying to figure out how to get my yeast to stretch. And I think I've hit on it. So much so that I can get two properly risen loaves of bread from one packet.
Here's how I do it:
Fill a glass/bowl/whatever with a cup or a little more of lukewarm water.
Put a table spoon or two of flour (your preference) in it.
Add a teaspoon of sugar.
Add a packet of yeast.
Mix well in the glass until fully mixed.
So you take this glass and then let it sit for 12-24 hours. By the end of this time you should have about 1/2 of sludge at the bottom. I've covered it during this time and I haven't. I even got an interesting sourdough one time from this sitting.
Now this is what I've done, go check this out for yourself and see what you get with you modify it.
Go make happy yeast.