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Make Your Own Yeast: 4 Yeast Substitutes That You Can Make At Home

If you give up recipes that contain yeast these days, you don’t have to. Sometimes, yeast is an essential ingredient for baking delicious bread or other pastries.  We bring you simple substitutes for yeast and that you can make at home. You already have the ingredients, so why not try it?

The science behind the raising dough goes something like this. When yeast, flour, and water are mixed, sugars are released in which the yeast annuls and carbon monoxide is released, which is actually responsible for dough rising.

4 Yeast Substitutes That You Can Make At Home

Fruit yeast

You will need:

  • 1 apple
  • 750 grams flour
  • 520 ml of water


Cut the apple in half, remove the core and grate it in a bowl. Mix 500 grams of flour with 350 ml of water. Then, add the apple and close everything well in a jar. After three days, the mixture will ferment and bubbles will appear. Throw half of the mixture, and mix the other half in a bowl with the rest 250 grams of flour and 170 ml of water. Transfer the mixture in a jar close it tightly and leave for a few days at room temperature. When bubbles appear, your yeast is ready to use.

Grain yeast

On the first day, mix 20 grams of flour and 20 ml of water to get a homogeneous mixture. The second day, mix another 20 grams of flour and 20 ml of water and stir the mixture well two times more during the day.

On the third day, add another 30 grams of flour and 30 ml of water, and stir two to three more times during the day. On the fourth day, remove half of the mixture, and repeat the procedure from the third day. Do the same on the fifth and sixth day. On the seventh day, your yeast will be ready for use.

Potato yeast

You will need:

  • One diced potato
  • One tsp salt
  • One tsp sugar


First, cook the potato well. Drain it, but save the water from the cooking. Then, mix the potato with one teaspoon of salt and one teaspoon of sugar. Allow the mixture to cool, and then add 1/4 of the cooking water. Transfer it into a bowl and cover it. Leave the mixture for a few days to ferment.

Yeast for dough

You will need:

  • 200 grams of whole-wheat flour
  • 100 ml of warm water
  • 1 teaspoon honey


First, mix 50 grams of flour and the water in a bowl. Then, add the honey and stir well. After, pour the mixture into a glass jar, cover with a linen cloth and leave to stand in a warm place. Stir it again the next day and cover it. On the evening of the third day, when bubbles appear, add 150 grams of flour and 150 of water. Stir well and cover the jar again. On the fourth or fifth day, the mixture will be ready for the dough preparation. Take 1 cup of the yeast for your recipe, and the rest (leave it in a glass jar) keep it closed in the fridge.

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