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Active Dry Yeast question

Rlarson's picture

Active Dry Yeast question

Hello everybody.  I have one of those glass jars of fleshmans active dry yeast that has been opened.  i put in in the back of refridgerator and then we had that big sno storm here in washinton/ seattle area back in janary.  power was out for like 1 week.  i didn't open the fridge during this time.  would you think the yeast is still good to make stuff.  should i proof it to make sure its still alive.

gmagmabaking2's picture

I would proof it to make sure that it is okay... I am betting that it is fine.

mimifix's picture

The yeast should be working with no problem. Also, you can keep yeast in the freezer way past it's expiration date. Use straight from the freezer.

Candango's picture

I have no doubt that the yeast is still good.  The comment on storing it in the freezer is a good one - the stuff can last for years there.  My only suggestion, since it is Active Dry Yeast and not Instant Dry Yeast, would be to proof it in a bit of the water from the recipe/formula, just to make sure.  99 times out of 100, it will be good.  You just don't want to be caught that one time with a formula using expensive or hard to obtain ingredients and not having the yeast rise.

Happy baking.