Anyone know where I can buy fresh cake yeast in the Atlanta area. Supermarkets don;t know what I'm talikng about.
Thought Whole Foods would have it but no luuck.
You might try a nearby food service distibutor. You may also find a local bakery that might be willing to sell you some. I've found, though, that instant dried yeast performs as well as fresh yeast with none of its shelf-life issues.
...to extend it's usable life?
You should find it in many grocery stores in the dairy section.
However, I have to suggest that you not go down that dark road. I'm with Steveb here.
When I was running a bakery, we used fresh yeast. And then summer rolled around and we got two cases of yeast that looked like the insides of a nasty diaper.
We switched to instant dry yeast because we couldn't get a reliable fresh yeast supply. None of our customers or tasting panel members noticed the change. The bread was indistinguishable from that made with fresh yeast.
We did notice the difference, through. The yeast was healthy and vibrant until the end of the case. We never looked back!
I also live in Atlanta and had no luck finding fresh yeast. I don't know what areas of the country fresh yeast is commonly found in supermarkets, but Atlanta is certainly not one of them. Whole Foods doesn't even sell it. Their hearth breads are parbaked at a huge factory and trucked to each store, so no real baking going on there. As others have said, dry instant yeast is the way to go. From the books I've read, professional bakers don't see a significant difference in taste or quality between fresh and dry yeast. I'm no professional and have no basis for comparison, so it's even less of an issue for me.
It must be a southern thing because here in PA and in NY supermarkets have so much fresh yeast in the dairy aisles it expires generally before people can buy it.
Costco and BJ's both sell packs, two 8 ounce blocks, of instant dry yeast for about $5 to $6. They work great and are the cheapest yeast I've seen. I throw one in the freezer and it will stay good until a year after the expiration date.
i have found that dry yeast is just as easy to use as fresh yeast. If youwent to Whole Foods to find the yeast, did you look in the dairy dept. Our store in Neb. carries it. You might want to suggest for them to carry it or go to the bakery and see if they would sell you some of there fresh yeast if thay have a full production bakery.
You can buy fresh yeast at Star Provisions at 1198 Howell Mill Rd NW Atlanta, GA 30318 (404) 365-0410. Sevananda is a co-op natural food store at 467 Moreland Ave NE, it also a good place to buy grains, they may carry fresh yeast.
Appreciate the info. I never thought of Star Provision!
Does anyone know where to buy rye meal or pumpernickel flour in Atlanta? I would like to try some of the Hamelman ryes, but all I can find is whole rye flour. I have tried Sevananda (get my HG and rye flour there), Whole Foods, Dekalb Farmer's Market, Kroger, Publix, and various other farmer's markets to no avail. I've seen Bob's Red Mill products at several stores, but never his pumpernickel flour. I don't want to order anything via mail. Aside from the cost, I am trying to keep things local in an enviro-friendly way.
Found this company in Atlanta. Not sure if they sell to the general public. Worth a call.
Let us know. Might be a new source for us in Atlanta.
Dominion Flour Co
269 Armour Dr Ne Atlanta, GA, 30324 (404) 875-7004
Did you hear of Bread Beckers? It located north of Atlanta about 40 minutes. They have all kind of baking goods. Look up in their web site: http://www.breadbeckers.com/retail_price.htm and they have co-op sites all over the southeast and you can order from them.
305 Bell Park DrWoodstock, GA 30188Phone 770-516-5000FAX 770-516-7588
Try bakers supplies.Check in the yellow pages under "bakers supplies" and they will have it.
Thanks for the suggestions, but judging from their websites, neither Dominion Flour Company or breadbeckers sell pumpernickel flour or rye meal. Dominion seems to be more of a cake mix distributor and breadbeckers doesn't list pumpernickel or rye meal in their products list. The search continues...
I believe that the Pumpernickel flour is the whole rye flour. Or at the very least is interchangeable with it.
On another note. I love rye flour so much that I substitute whatever grade I have into the recipe and so far it has worked beautifully.
uses coarse rye meal instead of flour, although medium rye flour (whole grain) also works.
After calling Publix, Whole Foods, and DeKalb Farmer's Farmer, along with 2
bakeries, Alon's (the best bakery in Virginia Highlands) pointed me to RED STAR PROVISIONS
on Howell Mill Road at the intersection of Huff Rd. I call there and they sell one pound bricks
for $3.50 (as of 1/5/12). Finally, I can make great bread. Thank you Alon's Bakery!
I found it at Buford Highway Farmers' Market, in the Eastern European section, next to the cheeses. :)