In the baking world, yeast is one of the primary ingredients, and this yeast converter helps you achieve the perfect balance of yeast and flour for your bread 🍞! Since there are different types of yeast available, we may often find ourselves needing to convert active dry yeast to instant, or convert fresh yeast to dry yeast to obtain the optimal yeast-to-flour ratio.

Be it Thanksgiving 🥧 or someone's birthday 🎂 or even an impromptu pizza party 🍕, baked goods form an integral part of the celebrations, and are one of the unseen stars behind those perfect pies, cakes, and pizzas, is yeast!

Why is yeast needed, and what are its types?

When it comes to baking 🧤, yeast is most commonly used as a leavening agent that helps the dough rise and gives the bread a spongy texture. A few food items for which the dough is prepared using yeast are:

  • Bread;
  • Waffle;
  • Pie 🥧;
  • Pretzel 🥨;
  • Bagel;
  • Doughnut 🍩;
  • Shortcake 🍰; and
  • …many more!

Oh, but remember, if you have pets 🐕, yeast is generally not considered a healthy addition to dog food 🐶 since it may cause allergies. So you may want to steer clear of it when it comes to your pet food!

The 4 common types of yeast you can find in the market are:

  • Active dry yeast;
  • Instant yeast;
  • Compressed fresh baker's yeast; and
  • Brewers' yeast.

Some recipes may call for one type of yeast while you have the other one, but fret not! Using our yeast conversion chart, it's perfectly okay to substitute yeast of one type with the yeast of another type.

Sure, people use yeast in many types of dough, but just in case you're quarantined or generally bored and decide to make salt dough for artistic purposes, then there's no need to add yeast to this dough 😂!

But if you do get isolated, and you're craving for some easy quarantine food, or you want to indulge in an extra-large slice of cake 🍰 without worrying about calories for once, go the extra mile, and add yeast in order to tantalize your taste buds 😋!

Instant yeast vs. active dry yeast conversion

To convert instant yeast to active dry yeast, the magic number is 1.5! Active dry yeast quantity should be 1.5 times the quantity of instant yeast to achieve the same dough consistency.

Conversely, if you want the active dry yeast to instant yeast conversion, you'll need to divide by 1.5, which is equivalent to multiplying the active dry yeast quantity by ²/₃.

So, for example, if the recipe calls for 4 tbsp of instant yeast, you will need 4 * 1.5 = 6 tbsp of active dry yeast.

And if the recipe calls for 9 tbsp of active dry yeast, you will need 9 * ²/₃ = 6 tbsp of instant yeast.

In this manner, we can easily find the quantity of instant yeast vs. active yeast if we know one of the quantities. This will help us substitute active dry yeast for instant yeast, or vice versa, to get the perfect yeast-to-flour ratio in the dough!

Fresh yeast to dry yeast conversion

If you're wondering how to convert fresh yeast to dry yeast (or rather, fresh yeast to active dry yeast), wonder no more!

The equivalent active dry yeast substitute for fresh yeast can be found by dividing the fresh yeast quantity by 2! This simple hack will help you with your fresh to dry yeast conversion!

Alternatively, if you are looking for active dry yeast to fresh yeast conversion, then you would multiply the quantity by 2!

This handy tip will help you with your cooking measurement 🥄 to get that perfect consistency!

Compressed yeast to instant yeast conversion

Compressed yeast, also known as compressed fresh baker's yeast, can be substituted with instant yeast by taking a quantity that is one-third of the compressed yeast quantity.

So, for example, if you want to bake a pizza 🍕 and the recipe calls for 12 tbsp of compressed yeast, you can substitute it with 4 tbsp of instant yeast!

What is the difference between brewers' yeast and active dry yeast?

Brewers' yeast is commonly also known as beer yeast. It's much less concentrated than active dry yeast. So if we want to substitute brewers' yeast with active dry yeast, we'd need roughly half of the corresponding quantity since the active yeast is more concentrated.

For example, 2 tbsp of brewers' yeast will be equivalent to about 1 tbsp of active dry yeast.

How do I use the yeast converter?

If you find yourself having a type of yeast that's different from the one mentioned in the recipe, then this yeast conversion calculator will come to your rescue! All you need to do is the following:

  1. Select the type of yeast you want to convert from.
  2. Choose the type of yeast you want to convert to.
  3. Specify the quantity of the yeast.
  4. Voila! The yeast converter will show you the equivalent amount for the type of yeast you want!

Using this yeast conversion calculator, you can:

  • Convert fresh yeast to dry yeast;
  • Convert instant yeast to active dry yeast;
  • Convert fresh yeast to instant yeast;
  • …and choose many more such combinations!

The next time you plan to cook 🍳 some deliciously fluffy and light pancakes 🥞, don't forget to include yeast in your shopping list, along with eggs 🥚 and butter!

To make things easier for you, you can also do the following conversions in this calculator for a single type of yeast by simply changing the units:

Yeast conversion table

To summarize the various conversions involved, here is a nice yeast conversion table for your ready reference:

Convert from…
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Convert to…
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Operation to do
Active dry yeast
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Instant yeast
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Multiply by ²/₃
Active dry yeast
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Compressed fresh baker's yeast
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Multiply by 2
Active Dry yeast
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Brewers' yeast
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Divide by 0.45
Instant yeast
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Active dry yeast
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Multiply by ³/₂
Instant yeast
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Compressed fresh baker's yeast
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Multiply by 3
Instant yeast
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Brewers' yeast
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Multiply by ¹⁰/₃
Compressed fresh baker's yeast
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Active dry yeast
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Divide by 2
Compressed fresh baker's yeast
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Instant yeast
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Divide by 3
Compressed fresh baker's yeast
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Brewers' yeast
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Multiply by ¹⁰/₉
Brewers' yeast
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Active dry yeast
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Multiply by 0.45
Brewers' yeast
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Instant yeast
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Multiply by ³/₁₀
Brewers' yeast
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Compressed fresh baker's yeast
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Multiply by ⁹/₁₀


So the next time you dig into a super-soft and delicious croissant 🥐 or a baguette 🥖, you know the secret ingredient behind it! Have a yeasty meal 🍽️!

FAQ

How do I convert 2 oz of fresh yeast to dry yeast?

If you're looking for the conversion of 2 oz of fresh yeast to dry yeast, you need to halve the quantity! So, we can substitute 2 oz of fresh yeast with 1 oz of dry yeast to obtain the same dough consistency!

How do I convert 1/4 oz of yeast to tsp?

1 oz of yeast is equivalent to about 9-10 tsp of yeast. So if we convert 1/4 ounce of yeast to tsp, we'd get about 2.25-2.5 tsp of yeast!

How do I convert 25 oz of yeast to tsps?

1 oz of yeast is equivalent to about 9-10 tsp of yeast. So if we convert 25 oz of yeast to tsp, we'd get about 225-250 tsp of yeast!

How much yeast is in a packet?

One packet of yeast is commonly referred to as one envelope. Generally, 1 envelope of instant dry yeast contains 1/4 oz of yeast. So to know how much yeast is in one packet, we can multiply that by 9 or 10 to get the equivalent measurement in tsp. Therefore, 1 packet will contain about 2.25-2.5 tsp of yeast! This will tell us how many teaspoons are there in a packet of yeast.

How do I convert the quantity of yeast in grams to teaspoons?

To convert yeast from grams to teaspoons, we'd need to approximately divide it by 3. So 10 grams of yeast will be equivalent to about 3.2-3.3 tsp of yeast.

How do I convert 0.25 ounce of yeast to grams?

1 ounce of yeast is approximately equal to about 28.5 grams. So to find the equivalent of 0.25 oz of yeast in grams, we'd need to multiply it by 28.5, and as a result, we'll get the corresponding measure as approximately 7-8 grams of yeast.

How do I convert 7 g of yeast to tsp?

To convert yeast from grams to teaspoons, we'd need to approximately divide it by 3. So when we find the equivalent of 7 g yeast in tsp, we'll get about 2.25-2.5 tsp of yeast. This will tell us how many teaspoons is 7 grams of yeast.

How do I convert 3 g of yeast to tsp?

To convert yeast from grams to teaspoons, we'd need to approximately divide it by 3. So when we find the equivalent of 3 g yeast in tsp, we'll get about 1 tsp of yeast.

How much yeast-to-flour ratio do I use for bread?

To know how much yeast-to-flour ratio we need to use for bread, a typical guide will be to remember that 1 envelope of instant dry yeast (2.25-2.5 tsp) will raise up to 4 cups of flour.

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