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Where can I find fresh compressed yeast?

Hi. I have searched high and low. I've called all bakeries, grocery stores, and health food stores (I.E. trader joes, whole foods, mothers market) in my area and no one seems to carry this item. Does anyone have any suggestions on where I can find fresh yeast either in the LA area or OC area? Please let me know. I need it ASAP. Thank you so much.

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  1. damkavi:

    I used to bake on a regular basis and (this will tell you how long ago) bought fresh "cake yeast" by Red Star at my local Alpha Beta. Did you try/use the term "cake yeast" rather than compressed yeast and/or try asking by brand name, like Red Star. Also, check out this link http://www.redstaryeast.com/californi...

    Red Star claims that these California markets carry their product:
    Andronico’s
    Bel Air
    Dregers
    Food 4 Less
    Food Maxx
    Food Source
    Independent Grocers
    Knob Hill
    Lunardi’s
    Raleys
    Ralph’s
    Safeway
    Save Mart
    Stater Bros.
    Von’s
    Walmart Super Centers

    1. Oh, and the other fresh yeast brand I couldn't remember earlier is Fleischmann’s Yeast. Here's Fleischmann’s Yeast's toll-free help line number: 1-800-777-4959. Maybe they can tell you who your local retailer is.

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      1. re: yinyangdi

        Thank you yinyangdi. Honestly, I've called about 1/2 of the places listed on red star's website and none of which have the product. When I call, I usually describe what I'm looking for and mention that it is a refrigerated item. I called Fleischmann's as well, but she couldn't guarantee that these retailers carry that particular product, just that they carry the Fleischmann's line. :( I'm so bummed. I've been looking everywhere for it and haven't been able to locate it anywhere. I even called up bakeries to see if they may have it and if I can buy a chunk or 2 from them, but still had no luck. Any other suggestions you may have? Thank you so much for the input thus far.

      2. Did you check Smart & Final?
        Been years since I've used it, but always found it in regular grocery stores in the refrigerated dairy section where cheeses were. You got to look closely because its not something prominently displayed.

        1. Ralph's carries fresh yeast during the holidays (Nov/Dec) only.

          1. Did you call Surfas in Culver City? They should have that.

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            1. re: Burger Boy

              Call Surfas. They had run out when I was there last week, but usually have it.