Anyone know where I can get SAF Red and Gold - I tried Farinex - but I'd have to buy by the caseload. Maybe other Montreal bakers would be willing in sharing a case ? Let me know.
How much in a case is there (weight?).
I buy mine at small specialty store called "Le Naturaliste en Vrac" (not related with the so called "health" chain stores Le Naturaliste). That store is located near a Maxi in a mall (yes the Maxi store is in the mall and not stand-alone near it like it usually is). That mall is in Brossard, on Taschereau boulevard and its name is Place Portobello. To make confusion worse there is a Naturaliste health supplements store facing the maxi and our Naturaliste en Vrac store which keeps SAF yeasts on the left of Maxi's entrace, facing a MONDO shoe store. You need to go to the Naturaliste en Vrac facing the shoe store.
It's been a while I didn't go, but usually they have few packages of vaccum-packed SAF yeast (1-pound packages). The price is good too. Call them before you go, just in case, because they are not always consistent in their stock management and they might be out of stock.
I just called them and they have several packages of SAF RED. Le Naturaliste en Vrac - 7250 Bd Taschereau, Brossard, QC J4W 1M9 - 450-465-9646. If you go, check their fridge for the SAF yeast, they keep it there, with other temp. sensivie goods (yogourt cultures and the likes).
A little goes a veeerrryyyyyyyy long way! For 1 kg flour, I use 1/4 to 1/2 a teaspoon for retarded doughs and 2 teaspoons for "bake the same day" lean doughs. For buttered doughs or richer doughs (eggs, milk, oil, butter, etc) I use 1 tbs if baking the same day and way less if retarded. It's very potent and active. So I can tell you I would be interested in stocking up (I keep mine in the freezer at all times) but I wouldn't stock more than 1 kg because just 1 pound lasts a long time.
Hope this helps.
Thank you = I'm heading out there tomorrow first thing. Very generous of you to take the time to call. Merci
Aubut on Saint Ambroise should have both red and gold yeast - the store caters to restaurants so you'll find bulk quantities; it is also open to the public without memberships.
I actually went there yesterday - and they carry Fleishman and some other brand which I can't remember the name of but available in Red, Gold and Blue. I'm seeking the SAF brand. Found out that it's available in Brossard. Thanks for the help.
When you go I suggest you take a look around in the store. Sometimes they have specialty products like baking malts or other hard to find products.
Since I order it on amazon.com, I just tried amazon.ca and although it didn't have it (does amazon not do groceries in Canada?), there's a list of sponsored links at the bottom of the page to Canadian vendors who have it.