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fladad

Fresh Yeast Question

Someone just gifted me with a bread book called "The New Bread Book" by Ursula Ferrigno, which I do really appreciate, but all the recipes call for FRESH YEAST, such as 1/4 oz(10G) crumbled, is there some sort of a conversion to instant or rapid rise yeast?  I really do not want to search out a bakery, not any in my loacal area, to get some, and I've read it does not last very long, any ideas?  Thanks. Russ

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suave

Conversion rate from fresh to instant yeast is 3:1, so 1/4 oz or 7 g of fresh yeast is 2.3 g of instant, that's about 1/2 tsp.

Mike

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fladad

Thanks for the info, just to be sure the ratio is 3 to 1, freash to instant, thanks

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suave

Yep,  3 to 1, fresh to instant

Mike

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nbicomputers

fresh yeast can last for about 2 months in a good fridg

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fladad

I thought I read it only last 2-3 days in the fridge, always good to ask I guess.

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suave

With proper storage you have up to a week or two after the expiration date, so a lot depends on whether it was stored properly and how fresh it was to begin with.

Mike

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nbicomputers

fresh yeast will crumble sharply and will be fine as long as it does this. when it gets soft like puty its gone. it could change surfice color and a whiteish tinge or even slite mold on the surfice. since mold only grows on the top if you remove it the rest of the yeast will be fine

i get mine in two pound blocks for less than 2.50 per block from a bakery supply house so i know its fresh when i get it.

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fladad

2 pounds, you must bake a lot of bread, I'll have to try it, thanks for the reply, how do you store it and for how long?

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nbicomputers

just keep it in the fridg it a container or wrap in wax paper

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suave

You're very lucky man, Norm.  The only local store here that carries fresh yeast charges $2 for a nalf-ounce cube. 

Mike

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fladad

Let's all send Norm some cash and he can get it for us, just kidding...There are very few bakeries in my area and I have found no stores that carry it, oh well.   Russ

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leighkirk

Thank you very much for sharing this info.  Have guests coming over for fresh homemade pizza later toay, and I just realized that there was mold growing on my only little cube of fresh yeast.  But it crumbled sharply!  So I cut off the mold, and I am saved!

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belfiore

Does this bakery supply house ship??? I guess I could just go into a local bakery (not many here) and ask if they'd be willing to sell some of their fresh yeast! I'm a newby so probably a stupid question, but we have a local bakery with killer sourdough breads. If they sell frozen dough could this be converted to a starter?


 


Thanks!

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Mini Oven

As long as the sourdough dough contains a live culture, it could be converted.  It might also have extra yeast added to it that may interfere with the conversion.  You could just ask for a little starter too.  Never know until you try.


Mini

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belfiore

Thanks for the info Mini. I nosed around a couple bakeries today but none of them sell fresh yeast. So now I'm on a mission...wish me luck :-)

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nbicomputers

i would not mind getting freash yeast and sending it to someone but the shipping cost would be more than its worth of course it anyone is up my way i could get it and you could pick it up.

fresh yeast works so fast you could make a dough and have it done in about 2.5 hours from start to out of the oven

i know  longer ti,e means better flavor but its great that yiou can work fast if you need to.