We go through a lot of yeast around here.
In the months we’re out promoting a cookbook, instead of creating one, ingredients sit in our cupboards, forlorn. Come back! Play with us!
However, now that we’re in full-time recipe development mode, those cupboard doors are opening and closing all day long.
Lately, I’ve been reaching for the yeast frequently. With constant tiny tweaks on our sandwich bread, our hamburger buns, pizza dough, and pita bread, we need that tiny alive micro-organism to help us lift our dough out of the pan, higher toward the ceiling.
And the only yeast we have in our home? Red Star Yeast.
We’re proud to announce that Red Star Yeast is the latest sponsor of our website.
When I’m out in public, talking and answering questions, I’m always ready for the most-asked question I receive: is yeast gluten-free?
Yes. Yeast is gluten-free.
However, not all yeasts are created alike.
Recently, I was in the back kitchen of Danny’s restaurant, doing some baking. I reached for a tub of yeast to set up a dough for hamburger buns. When I opened the lid, I was struck by the smell. It was a little too sweet, a little sour. It smelled almost chemical. I closed it up, then walked to the grocery store across the street to buy some Red Star Yeast.
We trust this yeast. It’s the only one we use.
I asked Linda Nelson, my contact at Red Star Yeast, to tell us a little about the company and why gluten-free baking matters to them. Here’s what she had to say:
“Red Star Yeast has been a tradition in family baking for more than 125 years. Red Star Yeast is passionate about providing superior yeast products to home bakers. Our people, our processes and our principles are focused on producing the highest quality yeast home bakers can count on.
The Chefs Best award is awarded to the brand rated highest overall among leading brands by independent professional chefs. Red Star Yeast was the winner of the 2009 Chefs Best Award for Taste.
Red Star Yeast is GMO-free, gluten-free, dairy-free.
We have worked with celiac organizations over the years to develop great-tasting, gluten- free, yeast-raised breads. We feel its important that those who can not tolerate gluten can still enjoy eating bread. Making bread at home is more economical and you can control what ingredients go into your bread.
Our new website has lots of baking tips, how-to videos, and tried and tested recipes – www.redstaryeast.com. Our goal is to take the intimidation out of baking with yeast by educating them through our website. ”
She’s not kidding, by the way. There are some great recipes for gluten-free breads on their site, created for the traditional method as well as bread machines. They also have a section for tips about gluten-free baking on their site. This company truly does care about the gluten-free community.
If you have been reading for awhile, you know that we only take on sponsors whose foods we genuinely love and eat regularly in our home.
With the holidays coming up cinnamon rolls! and the cookbook recipes to further hone, I can promise you that I’ll be pulling a jar of Red Star Yeast out of our cupboard tomorrow morning.