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TJTJTJ

Yeast Help

I am having real issues with yeast. For some reason, more often than not, it refuses to activate.  When I first get some and use it right away it works but if its left in the house more than a couple of weeks it never works.  This is fresh yeast, easy yeast and fast action yeast.  I have no idea what could be killing it but I have boxes of yeast that has no use whatsoever.  Any ideas what could be causing this?

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janij

Well fresh yeast must be refrigerated and used quickly.  With in 10 days.  Why not use dry yeast?  You should still keep it in the fridge or freezer btw.

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TJTJTJ

I use dried and instant and they are just no use after a short time.  Because of this issue I tried fresh yeast just once and it didn't activate at all.  It's putting me right off bread making at the moment :(

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dabrownman

Instant or active dry yeast will keep for years in the freezer.  Amazing really!  I've had some in the fridge for a couple of years too.

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TJTJTJ

maybe I need to start keeping it in the fridge as I keep it in the cupboard and its useless after a couple of weeks.  Will see how it goes.  Thanks

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Breadandwine

I've used dried active yeast 5 years after it was opened - kept in the fridge with the lid on. I've also made bread with yeast that was 10 years after the BBE date, which was brought into one of my sessions by a student.

Fresh yeast needs to be kept with all air excluded. I've kept it for going on to 5 months - first of all tightly wrapped in foil and placed in a plastic bag, then kept in a tub topped with water after a fridge/freezer mishap.

But it will keep for a couple of weeks in the fridge, in a plastic bag.

Read the whole sorry saga here:

http://nobreadisanisland.blogspot.co.uk/search?q=yeast

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TJTJTJ

My kitchen can get unbearably hot when I use the oven and this could be a cause of a cupboard full of yeast with no use.  Defo gonna keep it in fridge and see if it makes a difference.  Thank you

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Antilope

I had 1-lb of Fleishman's instant yeast with an expiration date of 2006 that I finished in 2011. It was in the freezer in the garage, sealed in a ziplock bag, inside of a tupperware container. It got pushed behind something in the freezer and lost for a few years. I found it in 2011 and used it up. Worked perfectly to the last pinch. ;-). I always store my bulk yeast, sealed well, in the freezer. I keep a bread machine yeast jar in the kitchen that I refill from the freezer supply of instant yeast.

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kitchen delights

I have been using only dried yeast for quite a few years and keep it covered in a jar in the freezer and it really keeps!

I had a problem the other day- I bought fresh yeast and didnt think of adding warm liquid to activate it.When i realised it was too late  . The bread rose but was heavy as a finished product  could i have saved it in some way?

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hardough4010

I almost always use fresh yeast.  I have kept it for months in the freezer with no problems.  It would be ok in the fridge for a week or so.  But fresh yeast must be kept in the fridge or freezer.

You don't have to activate fresh yeast with water.  I have just added it to the flour and it has been fine.

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kitchen delights

So i wonder what went wrong...

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ElPanadero

others here, I have found that Fresh Baker's Yeast stores for MONTHS in my fridge no problem.  However I always pack it into small airtight tupperware plastic boxes and I always ram it in from the outset, pressing it down as much as I can with my fingers to compress it (it starts off light and crumbly from the shop).  This compression ensures there is no air in there.  Over time, months, the yeast starts to get looser and damper to the point where it smells quite fermenty and at that point it's time to get some more.  Up to that point however, I have no problems at all.