A Comprehensive Glossary of Culinary Terms – Y

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Yakitori

A Japanese dish of small pieces of marinated boneless chicken placed on skewers and grilled.

Yeast

A leavening agent (used in bread and beer). It’s a tiny, single-cell organism that feeds on the sugar in the dough, creating carbon dioxide gas that makes the dough rise.

Three common forms of yeast are:

Active dry yeast – This is the most popular form; these tiny, dehydrated granules are mixed with flour or dissolved in warm water before they’re used.

Bread-machine yeast – This highly active yeast was developed especially for use in doughs processed in bread machines.

Quick-rising active dry yeast (sometimes called fast-rising, rapid rise or instant yeast) – This is a more active strain of yeast than active dry yeast, and it substantially cuts down on the time it takes for the dough to rise. This yeast is usually mixed with the dry ingredients before the warm liquids are added.

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