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yeast conversion -- packet versus fresh?

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I have fresh baking yeast in a bag from my food co-op, and want to make Dorie Greenspan's brioche (for pecan honey sticky buns). Recipe calls for 2 packets active dry yeast. What's a packet? A tablespoon?

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  1. Don't know whether this will help, but I just did some conversions myself for exactly that recipe. I was using instant yeast, not fresh, so I don't know if the measurements would be the same.

    A packet of yeast is 1/4 of an ounce, about 2 teaspoons (it's definitely less than a tablespoon). I used a scale and measured out half an ounce of the instant and it worked perfectly in the brioche recipe. But the instant may weigh less than the fresh.

    1. My jar of Fleischmann's active dry yeast says:

      2 1/4 tsp. active dry yeast (1/4 oz)= 1 pkg. active dry
      or RapidRise Yeast (1/4 oz) = 1 cake fresh yeast (0.6 oz)

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      1. re: yayadave

        That's great to know. Now, where do I put that info so I can find it when I need it?

        1. re: JoanN

          Tape it inside the door to the cabinet where you keep the flour. If you have room with all the other notes. TeeHee