How to Make Yeast at Home ⋆ My German Recipes

As I was searching youtube for a DIY vanilla sugar recipe, I stumbled across this youtube channel MY GERMAN RECIPES. I have German ancestry and grew up eating German food, so I was curious about her recipes. On the channel, I saw this video on making your own yeast (NOT SOURDOUGH). I knew I HAD to share it. This is a recipe for making a “yeast water”. She indicates to use 1/2 cup (100 ml) per 500 grams of flour. This should be equivalent to 1 packet of commercial yeast. This 1/2 cup of yeast water will replace a 1/2 cup of the liquid in the recipe

If you’ve tried to find yeast at the store, you may have been greeted with empty shelves. I know flour and yeast are often out of stock at my store.


  • 500 ml of filtered water
  • 1 – 2 Dates without sulfur or instead some raisins, fresh apple pieces, or other pieces of fresh fruits or veggies (not banana though!) that are organic and unwashed
  • 1 Tsp. Sugar or Honey
  • Clean glass
The yeast water when it’s ready to use.

Here’s a video. For the link to her blog post and much more information than is in the video, follow THIS LINK.

Closing thoughts

I’m so excited about this! I guess I knew it was possible, but never knew how to do it. I’ll be giving this a try over the next 2 weeks. I’ll give you an update!

Author: Tamara Hoerner

Welcome to The Purple Almond Wellness! I’m Tamara Hoerner, MHNE, ROHP/RNCP wellness educator and founder of Purple Almond Wellness. I work with middle-age individuals to help support brain health and develop whole body wellness, in order to improve the quality of their mid-life years. Heart and Alzheimer’s diseases run in my family and I struggled with weight loss, so I strive to help others with similar conditions. Using only nutrition, I rid my body of seasonal allergies, Psoriatic Arthritis and migraines, as well as cured my insomnia. I know what it takes to use food as medicine, especially in middle age. As a wellness educator and Summa Cum Laude graduate of Hawthorn University, I develop personalized nutrition plans and wellness education sessions, to help clients. For me, the name Purple Almond symbolizes “Good, nutritious, whole food bringing light and life to the body, awakening the inherent healing mechanisms within.” I'm all about getting back to the basics, good old fashioned traditional organic, whole food, the kind your great-grandmother used to eat. You'll find no processed foods here. Just good food to heal your whole body. I also believe a healthy body isn't just about food. Stress plays a large part in the physical health of our body. I, therefore, believe in using anything that relieves stress and heals the body, including: mediation, yoga, music, laughter, inspiration and helping others. You'll find all these included in my blog as well.

4 thoughts on “How to Make Yeast at Home ⋆ My German Recipes”

  1. Reblogged this on Purple Almond Wellness and commented:

    Are you a baker in need of yeast, because the store shelves are bare? Why not make your own? No, I’m not talking about sourdough. This post, from The Purple Almond Wellness Kitchen shows hot to make “yeast water”, which can be used in place of commercial yeast. I have not yet tried this method, but will be doing so over the next couple of weeks. Stay tuned for updates.


    1. This is a great recipe, but takes some time. You may need something else in the meantime.
      Have you tried Amazon? I found some there. My local store is getting better, but still low on certain things.


      1. To be honest I have not tried online shopping as I can find everything else. So it seems silly just to order yeast. I wanted yeast for bread making, but I found a soda bread recipe instead now that does not require yeast and my partner loves it.

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