Don’t mix salt and yeast!

You’ll usually start making bread by weighing out the ingredients and mixing them together. No problem there you may think. However, this is a crucial stage in your bread making where a simple mistake could waste your efforts and result in a disappointing brick.

Recipes may describe this stage in many ways: Dump all the ingredients in the bread maker (a great way to get the dough made whilst you do other things by the way). Weigh them out into a bowl. Mix the yeast in warm water first.

don't mix salt and yeast in breadmaking

However, whatever you do, don’t bring the yeast and salt into direct contact.

Why? Because in direct contact, salt can kill the yeast. And then, right from the start, there will be no chance that your dough will rise.

So, to avoid this error, get into the habit of always weighing out your yeast separately to your salt and adding them separately to the bowl. Without water, dried yeast will not absorb the salt, but by developing this habit you’ll ensure you don’t inadvertently kill your yeast when you add in the water.

don't mix salt and yeast in breadmaking

With instant, dried yeast, add this to one side of the bowl and the salt to the other. With dried yeast, mix it separately with the water and then add this into the flour and salt mixture. With fresh yeast, rub it well into the flour, as you would with butter when making pastry, before adding the salt and water. Once you’ve thoroughly mixed the flour and salt, or the flour, salt and yeast, the flour will act as a buffer between the two and you’re ok to add in the liquid and get on with making bread.

 

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