Active Dry Yeast            I always buy my yeast in quantity. The price difference is incredible and it lasts for well over a year when stored properly. You do not need to refrigerate an unopened package. Just keep it in your pantry. Don't let it get too hot or too cold.

            A quarter ounce packet of yeast cost about 75 cents, US, in the grocery store. A two pound loaf of bread uses one and one half packets of yeast. That is a yeast cost of more than one dollar, US, per loaf. You may as well buy your bread at a bakery. The quarter ounce packets are just too expensive.

            Yeast is less expensive when purchased in four ounce jars, but still costs too much. A four ounce jar contains 16 quarter ounce portions of yeast. A quarter ounce portion of yeast costs about 50 to 55 cents, US. The yeast required to make a two pound loaf of bread costs about 75 cents, US.  This is still no bargain by anyone's standards.

            Active dry yeast is available in two pound packages.  Two pounds of yeast is 32 ounces of yeast or 128 quarter ounce portions of yeast.  The cost of a two pound package is about three dollars, US, in a membership store.  Three dollars divided by 128 portions gives us a cost of 2.3 cents, US, a packet/quarter ounce portion.  Since we use one and one half quarter ounce packets per loaf, that would be about 3.5 cents yeast cost per loaf.  What a cost savings!   Buying yeast in quantity is the only way to go. Compare the price:   YEAST COST - OVER ONE DOLLAR PER LOAF vs. 3.5 CENTS PER LOAF!  That is 1/28th the price!

            You might say to yourself that I will never use that much yeast. You don't have to - it pays for itself. Here is another way of looking at it. Once you have made three loaves of bread the rest of the yeast is free. Follow the logic. One two pound loaf of bread uses one and one half packets of yeast, at a cost of over one dollar. After making three loaves of bread using yeast purchased in quarter ounce packets you have spent over three dollars on yeast.  You could have bought a two pound package of yeast for the same three dollars and would now have 123.5 quarter ounce portions left. You could make 80 plus loaves of bread with the yeast left over and not spend another cent on yeast.

            Will it keep? Yes. I have kept yeast for over a year and it was still good. I store my yeast in the freezer once opened. A two pound package of yeast comes in a foil bag. Fold/squeeze the air out of the bag and seal the top with a clip of some sort. The type of clip used to seal an opened bag of potato chips works well.

            When making bread, take the yeast out of the freezer, use what's needed and put the yeast back immediately. Exposure to air, oxygen, and temperature will steal the life of the yeast. If you forget and leave the bag out open on the counter over night, part of the life of the yeast will be lost. Get it out, use what's needed, fold the air out of the bag, seal the bag and then return the yeast to the freezer right away.

            Instant yeast, also known as bread baking machine yeast, comes in one pound packages and goes for about the same price as active dry yeast.

            If you can't find two pound packages of active dry yeast in your area - click on the following link Active Dry Yeast.

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