Posted By Steve the Bread Guy

I have received a number of emails from people who were amazed that I had added salt to the yeast/water mixture that is the start of each bread I make ( with the exception of sourdoughs, of course). They told me that salt kills yeast, and that this would affect how high the breads rose.


So, recently I decided to do an experiment. I made two loaves of identical white bread, but in one batch I added salt to the water mixture, and in the other, I added the salt to the flour, then added it to the water mixture. I kept them in separate bowls, and followed all the normal steps until they were done. ( if you would like to see how I make a regular white bread, please watch the video at


The result? The two breads were exactly the same. Same height, same consistency, everything. So, in my experience, adding salt makes no difference at all, except to the taste. If you don't add any salt at all, that shows up in the flavour of the bread. I prefer it with salt, so I am going to keep using it, and I see no risk in adding it to the water/yeast mixture.



4 Comment(s):
mary jo payne said...
Steve, in your basic bread recipe you did not put sugar or honey in with the yeast mixture, can we put sugar or honey in with the yeast after it activates? I am going to give this a try and hopefully will succeed and continue to make my own homemade white bread, thank you
April 6, 2013 04:49:00
Mary Mulligan said...
Dear Steve, I have learned so much from watching your web page and have , mostly, great success with the recipes. Thank you so much. I have one request please. I have tried so many times to make good tomato bread using white flour and substituting part of the the water with tomato passata and adding a little garlic and black olives. It all sound fabulous but I dont get the dough to double. Is this because of the tomato passatta ? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Mary P.S.I use dried yeast .
February 12, 2013 07:19:00
David said...
I've just been making my own bread for about two months, and I discovered your YouTube channel and blog. Thank you - big time - for the tips. Thanks for being another guy in the world making bread. Inspiring.
February 2, 2013 03:23:50
Philippe said...
Hi Steve, I usually add my salt and oil (if using) after the flour, water, yeast are well mixed. Got that idea from Julia Child. Might be superstition, but it works for me! P
December 23, 2012 07:30:48
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