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Red Star new yeast

AnnaZ's picture
AnnaZ

Red Star new yeast

I get the emails from Red Star yeast.  The one this week said they have come out with a new yeast.....Red Star Platinum with sourdough "starter" in it.  I went to the website and it indicated that there were 2 stores in my town that carried it.  I stopped at both of them today..........nada, zip, nope.  

 

My question is..........is it worth my time/money to chase this stuff down?  Will it make a "sourdough" bread comparable to a bread where you used "real" starter?

 

I really wish that one of those stores had it.  They did have a "Platinum" yeast, but the labeling said only it contained dough enhancer.  I read the ingredients list on the back and there was nothing there that indicated it had any sourdough starter in it.

 

Thanks for the input.

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old baker

Several stores in my area are listed to have it, but a search indicated none actually carry it on the shelf.  I placed an order with the store manager at one location to get some and was told it would be several weeks to get it from the warehouse.  Huh?

I responded to Red Star's web site offer and requested a free sample, as they advertised.  No response.

I'm beginning to think this is all a big hoax for publicity.

 

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BaniJP

I think even if it turns out the best convenience product ever, by the time you get your hands on it you can just build your own starter and have a much better product ;) Takes about 10 days and you have control about ingredients and process.

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AnnaZ

I have thought about starter, but it seems like you're feeding it every day, throwing a bunch away............and don't you have to use or feed it every day???   Thought if I could get the same effect without worrying that I wouldn't be caring for the stuff like it needs to be, it would be a win-win, for me, at least.  :>)

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BaniJP

Once you have a strong starter, you can just keep it in the fridge and feed it 1-2 days before you wanna use it. It's a great way to reduce waste.

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Benito

That used to be what I thought, I only feed my starter once per week and have left one of my starters for up to a month, always in the fridge of course without any problems.  The sourdough discard can be used to make a lot of great things, in particular sourdough crispy flatbreads or crackers, pancakes, naan etc.

Benny

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Capn Dub

Benny mentioned sourdough pancakes, and I’m here to tell you: they are the best!  I use the recipe from King Arthur, here:

https://www.kingarthurflour.com/recipes/classic-sourdough-waffles-or-pancakes-recipe

Mmmm-mmm, good!

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AnnaZ

Looks similar to the raised waffles I make.......just don't have the sourdough starter.  I make a sponge that is supposed to sit overnight,   They are really good too.