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Feb 17, 2011 12:28 PM

Fresh yeast in Austin?

Does anyone know where I can pick up small cubes of fresh yeast? Fleischmann's or Red Star are fine. Central Market (and some HEBs) usually carries the former, but they've been out for awhile and are apparently having supply issues. Whole Foods doesn't carry it. Same with Wheatsville. I've called a handful of local bakeries and health food stores without luck. Homebrew supply stores have primarily moved to dry yeast. Suggestions?

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  1. FWIW, apparently Fiesta is the answer.

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    1. re: Steven Dilley

      So fiesta has fresh yeast - is it any good?

      Maybe there is a listserv or something where you can get 'starter bread" or a wild yeast culture from an individual. I poked around for a few minutes, but couldn't immediately find anything.

      1. re: rudeboy

        Yeah, it's the same stuff I usually buy at Central Market, just a bit cheaper. I finally gave up, called Fleischmann's, and they turned me to Fiesta. Looks fresh... expiration March 18, which, ime, means they probably received the shipment last week.

        I actually have a natural starter that I use for certain applications and that you're welcome to. It's an 'Ischia' starter, which is a strain from southern Italy, though by now it's probably more unique to Austin than anywhere else. I primarily use it for breads and pizza.

        1. re: Steven Dilley

          Steven - thanks for your generous offer. I may throw a pizza party this spring.....I'll look you up!

    2. I saw red star at Costco last week.... Econosize package, though