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Mar 20, 2009 11:12 AM

ISO Saff-instant yeast

I can order it from King Arthur Flour in Vermont, but has anyone seen it for sale in the Boston area?

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  1. Whole Foods carries SAF Red Label. If you want Gold Label, you'll have to stick with KAF.

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    1. re: gorboduc

      If buying the 1lb packages of SAF from Whole Foods, check the sell-by dates to find the freshest package. Maybe they are better now, but in the past I both was sold fairly old yeast (which still rose, but didn't last very long) and some packages were fresher than others.

    2. I used to get it at Costco's - that was about four years ago. Since I don't have a membership there anymore, I tried B.J.'s in Revere. They carry the same thing, only Fleischman's. Two lbs (separated in one lb packs) for about $3.50 - maybe a little more (including the added charge since I'm not a member).

      I keep mine in the freezer. These days I bake nearly everyday, but for awhile I only made bread occasionally - and it still lasted until I finished all of it!

      I'll never buy that expensive stuff in the grocery store again...

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      1. re: threedogs

        Thanks to gorboduc, itaunas and threedogs!

        1. re: threedogs

          I believe Costco sells the active dry SAF, not the instant.

        2. I bought a bag at the Alewife Parkway Whole Foods this weekend. Package date was 11/2008, use by date was 11/2010. And, it was much less expensive than the out of date Shaw's Fleishmann, an added bonus.

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          1. re: smtucker

            If you store that bag in your freezer, it will keep (literally) for years. That's what I do. In my experience the yeast remain very active far past the use by date when stored that way. I can't remember the last time I bought those ultra-expensive (for the amount) packets of Fleishman's.

            One more local yeast factoid: If you ever have a hankering for some fresh yeast without going begging at your local bakery, Arax (in Watertown) usually has it in blocks that are around the size of a stick of butter. Since it is quite perishable, it is best if you have several recipes to make or bake a lot or have a friend who would also want some.