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Question about using frozen SAF Instant Yeast

coleeneh's picture

Question about using frozen SAF Instant Yeast

Hi. I'm new to these forums. But I have a question -- I bought a one-pound bag of SAF Instant Yeast. I keep it in an airtight plastic jar in my freezer, as I don't bake bread too often. 

I'm making focaccia from Peter Reinhart's Bread Baker's Apprentice. Can I add my instant yeast to the flour straight from the freezer, or does it need to come to room temperature? 

I baked a lot of bread in pastry school, but we always used fresh yeast, and the few times we did use instant, it had never been frozen. 


mrfrost's picture

You can add it straight from the freezer. The difference between thawing(tempering?) or not is negligible.

My opinion. I do it both ways.


midwest baker's picture
midwest baker

I have always used mine right out of the freezer with no problems.


coleeneh's picture

Thanks for your replies. It ended up "thawing" anyway, since I had to run to CVS (a block away) for batteries for my kitchen scale anyway, but now I know for next time!