Making your own bread seems like a daunting task, but it’s easier than you think! With our simple baking tips and ninja stirring skills, you’re 40 seconds away from baking like a pro and learning how to properly activate dry yeast.

Warm water, measuring between 105 and 115 degrees, is the key to activating yeast. If you’re using hot tap water, just hold an instant-read thermometer into the stream of the tap.

Yeast is a live organism and needs food to thrive—hence, the sugar! Use this technique to make quick and easy einkorn sandwich bread!

How to Activate Dry Yeast Instructions

Learn how to bake like a pro and make your favorite breads at home with our 40-second video on how to activate dry yeast!


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  • active dry yeast
  • warm water, between 105–115 degrees
  • sugar, if called for in your recipe


  • Hold an instant-read thermometer under running water to find correct temperature. If the water is cold, the yeast will stay inactive and if it is too hot, the yeast will die. In a small bowl, add the amount of water called for in your recipe.
  • Measure out the yeast and add it to the water. Whisk to completely dissolve the yeast. If there is sugar in your recipe, add a pinch to the water. Adding the sugar will give the yeast something to eat and will speed up the process.
  • Wait 10 minutes. If the yeast is alive, it will form a bubbly crust as it eats the sugar and gives off gasses. If nothing happens, your yeast is dead. Do not proceed with dead yeast because your recipe will fail.


Whether you purchase yeast in jars or in packets, we recommend freezing it for ultimate freshness!
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How to Activate Dry Yeast Video