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Does active dry yeast come in jars?

nooodles Jan 18, 2005 02:16 AM

Having recently started baking, I find that the little packets of yeast really aren't doing it for me anymore.

Does anyone know a brand of active dry yeast that comes in a small box/jar? I tried Whole Foods without success. Suggestions in San Francisco would be most appreciated; suggestions for major supermarket brands would also be useful. Perhaps I need to be shopping at Costco?

Speaking of which, does anyone know if Costco sells big bags (over 5 lb) of King Arthur's bread flour?

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    jennyantepenultimate Jan 18, 2005 02:55 AM

    Fleischmann's makes regular active dry, cakes, quick rise and bread machine yeast in large sizes. I've found the bread yeast in jars in regular grocery stores.

    Link: http://www.breadworld.com/sciencehist...

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    1. re: jennyantepenultimate
      nja Jan 18, 2005 10:41 AM

      That's what I have; bought it at one of the Bell/Cala/NobHill stores in SF.

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      P. Jan 18, 2005 03:54 AM

      Yes, it does.

      My favorite Red Star comes in a jar and a 1 or 2 LB vacuum sealed bag. When you open the bag, transfer the yeast to an air tight container and keep in the freezer for long life. You can find the 2lb bags @ Smart and Final There is one on 7th ave, between Geary and Clement, one on Van Ness @ Division and on Bayshore south of Flower.

      The other option and a great source for all things baking is the King Arthur Flour Website. But realize 9 times out of 10 it is not worth paying the shipping from Norwich VT to San Francisco.

      Link: http://shop.bakerscatalogue.com/items...

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        muD Jan 18, 2005 12:36 PM

        Somewhere on the King Arthur web site they list stores that carry their flour. The co-op closest to me carries 10lb bags, so I'm guessing there is a place semi-close to you that would. Unless you really have your heart set on Costco.

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          burple Jan 18, 2005 04:22 PM

          Rainbow Grocery in san francisco sells yeast in the refrigerated bulk food section across from the olives. I'm not sure if it's active dry or fresh because I'm not a very experienced or knowledgeable baker, but it makes my bread rise. For some reason my bread ends up distinctively yeasty with this stuff. Probably my problem, but if it's a clue for you....

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            summertime Jan 18, 2005 08:16 PM

            Whole Foods has active dry yeast in their bulk section, near nuts/dried fruits/beans. So do most other health food stores.

            Large supermarkets typically have major brand yeast in jars or large foil packages (1lb package) - sort of like coffee beans packages.

            If you started baking recently, it might be worthwile to search for a bulk place/baking supplies place in your area - they have what you want and more.

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              Pat P Jan 19, 2005 08:20 AM

              I was shopping for yeast last week in the grocery store, and Fleischmanns in the 4 oz jar came out to almost $50 per pound! This, I said, was impossible, and I refused to buy it. Later, I found it in 1/2 pound bags at my local Amish market for $4.50 per pound. Buyer beware.

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