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Feb 1, 2010 10:54 AM

instant yeast

has anyone seen instant yeast for sale in San Francisco? to clarify, when I say "instant," I mean the fine, dry yeast that can be stored at room temperature and does not need to be rehydrated prior to use. I haven't done a ton of research, but at least I know that Rainbow doesn't have it. if anyone has a good source for it or has seen it somewhere in the city, I'd love to know!

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  1. A lot of brands market what you are looking for under "rapid rise yeast." Fleishmann's makes it and I've seen it for sale both in jars and small packets on most chain grocery stores like Safeway.

    1. I use Red Star active dry yeast and just mix it with the dry ingredients. Breads are coming out great including Lahey No Knead. 3 envelopes, .25oz each, are about $3. 2 pounds at Costco about $3.80. I do keep it in bag in icebox and am making a lot of bread.

      1. Most places carry instant yeast. Rainbow probably doesn't carry it because they sell fresh compressed yeast cakes, which are superior to instant yeast. You can look up conversion ratios online.

        1. thanks for everyone's help so far. I should have mentioned that I'm interested in buying it in considerable quantity. I remember buying a 1 pound bag od SAF Instant for around $5, so the idea of buying Fleischman's packets is tough to stomach. Maybe Safeway has it in that kind of quantity as well; does anyone specifically know of a place I can find that? BTW, I will check Safeway tonight after work.

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          1. re: gabriel sanders

            In that case, do you absolutely have to have instant dried yeast? Rainbow sells the fresh yeast cakes in bulk. They really are a pleasure to use for baking. If you need the instant stuff, you probably should look to some sort of bakery supply distributor.

            1. re: gabriel sanders

              Smart & Final carries the bulk package of Red Star yeast you're looking for and I've seen it at some Costco's.

              1. re: gabriel sanders

                You can buy a 5 lb bag of yeast at CostCo for very little. I'm not sure whether it's instant or not. I store it in the freezer or fridge and sometimes rehydrate it before using. Works fine without the rehydration, though.

                1. re: Euonymous

                  I don't think it's a 5 lb. bag, think it's more like a 1 or 2 # bag. There's an expiration date on the packages I'm not sure if its one year or two.

                  1. re: monku

                    It's 2 lbs. It was ~ $3.84 and it has an expiration date of 10/10 bought about 4 months ago. As I said about it is in my icebox and is working great dry.

              2. The best instant yeast is made by SAF.

                King Arthur Flour current has SAF instant yeast for $5.95 with free shipping:


                You can't go wrong with that!

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                1. re: dotMac

                  Plus one on the SAF yeast!! It's the best.... adam

                  1. re: adamshoe

                    Just curious....why is one yeast be any better than another?

                    1. re: monku

                      Good question! I would suppose reliability?

                      1. re: dotMac

                        LOL people certainly become passionate about their instant yeast! I've read that some bakers much prefer Fleischmann's whereas the King Arthur staff, and they sell both, prefer saf-instant red label. I seem to recall that Fleischmann's is made in Canada and saf in Mexico which, in addition to being available at a very low price in Costco, may be a point in its favor.

                        1. re: MacGuffin

                          Red Star at Costco, SAF at Smart and Final.