Free Yeast in England
I've always heard rumours that if you went to a big supermarket in the UK and asked for fresh yeast, they would give you some for free. I'd always dismissed this as an urban myth - and a fairly unlikely one at that, until I heard it mentionned as fact on BBC Radio 4 (and everything I ever learnt comes from Radio 4).
I was too shy to try it myself, so I sent my husband in and he came out triumphant with about 100g of fresh yeast in a little bag which a member of staff from the in-store bakery had happily given him. Is this unique to Tesco's or do other places do it to?
What I'd really like to know is - Why? Why do they give it away free, rather than sell it? Or just say, "No, get your own yeast?"
I would speculate it might go back to some ancient bakery-related law, but I've got nothing to base that on, except guess work. Can anyone throw any light on this very pleasant mystery?