Today I figured out the hard way that yes, yeast is in fact alive. A living organism that likes to expand once it has been activated. I thought I was being so cool making sourdough starter today, so that I could make bread on Monday. I combined:
1 package of yeast with 2 cups warm water & two cups all purpose flour. (From The Joy of Cooking, pretty much the greatest cookbook EVER.)
Folks, yeast EXPANDS, like nobody’s business. When the Joy of Cooking recommended a large vessel to put this in, they were. not. kidding. I put this in a jar, set on the top of my fridge to ferment and off to work I went.
This is what I came home to:
I had move my refrigerator out from the wall to clean up the yeast that gathered underneath the fridge. There was puddle of yeast and flour the size of a dinner plate underneath it. Just what I wanted after 9 hours of work! ha ha
It took me a good 40 minutes to clean up the kitchen. And now the sourdough starter is safely encased in a plastic bag.
I’m still making bread on Monday; there’s a ton of starter still left if you can believe it!
Happy eating! (or cleaning, in my case.)