Fresh Yeast in Long Beach
I am having problems finding fresh yeast in the Long Beach area. Does anyone know a good place in or around Long Beach, where I can buy fresh yeast? I don't mind driving a few minutes for it, as long as I know they actually carry it.
What kind of yeast are you looking for? In Atlanta I used to get mine from the local brewery; if you ask nicely perhaps the nice folks over at Angel City Brewing (at the Alpine Village in Torrance) might be willing to dip you out a pint.
You might check with: Stein Fillers
4160 Norse Way
Long Beach, CA 90808
Telephone: 562 425 0588
Finding fresh yeast (aka compressed yeast, active fresh yeast, cake yeast, baker's compressed yeast, wet yeast) can be a problem if not down right impossible. The time is gone when almost all supermarkets use to carry it. Sorry, I don't have a clue as to where in Long Beach you can find it. In fact about the only people who have access to it anymore are professional bakers/bakeries. Also don't confuse 'fresh yeast' with 'beer yeast' of which there are several varieties each matched to specific varieties of beer. It comes in a powder or liquid and is used to produce alcohol and bubbles in beer. I'm guessing you're looking to the fresh yeast for baking purposes. Good luck in your search. You may have to give up the ghost and settle for 'active dry yeast'. Below are a couple of links with great information and advice when choosing and using yeasts. There are many types. Edited to add...You might have a bit of luck finding it in health food/vitamin stores.
Suggestion to OP...If you have to travel any distance to Claro's market to obtain the fresh yeast I would suggest that you call in advance to make sure they have it in the store and would they be kind enough to check the expiration date for you...Also you want to take along a 'cooler' packed with ice/blue ice in which to keep it in while traveling back home. And immediately refrigerate upon returning home. As stated at the foodsubs site I provided, you can freeze it and it will stay good for up to four months.
I had some luck finding fresh baking yeast at the Bristol Farms by Sears. I hope this helps. If not Surfas up in LA always carries it.