One of the questions about SAF Instant Yeast asked on a daily basis at Kitchen Kneads is,
“What is the difference between SAF Instant Red Yeast and SAF Instant Gold Yeast?”
SAF Gold Yeast
The Saf Instant Gold is a special strain called osmotolerant yeast. Typically, the sugar in a recipe enhances the yeast to activate, but in recipes where the sugar to flour ratio is higher, the sugar will actually impede the activation process by pulling water away from the yeast and leaving the yeast unable to activate. This is where the osmotolerant yeast comes in. It actually thrives on the higher amounts of sugar! There’s no need to proof your yeast, just add it directly to your flour and watch the fast acting yeast do its job!
SAF Red Yeast
SAF Red Yeast can also be added to your flour and doesn’t have to be proofed in water before adding it to the other ingredients. It is wonderful for all kinds of dough such as bread, pizza, rolls, and focaccia. It can also be used in a bread machine just like any other instant yeast.
Similarities Between the Two
Both yeasts comes in a 1 lb. vacuum packed package. Upon purchase, the yeast looks and feels like a small brick, but once the package is opened you can see the small yeast grains are loose. They are both Gluten Free and Kosher.
The best way to store it is in an air tight container. I keep mine in a Pete jar like this and store it in the freezer. There’s no need to defrost it before use, just scoop it out of the container and add to your recipe!
SAF Instant Yeast Recipe
Here is one of our favorite Whole Wheat Bread recipes. Feel free to contact us with any questions or recipes! Comment below with any recipes where you use Saf Red or Gold Instant Yeast!