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bulk yeast in JP or Cambridge?

powella Apr 7, 2011 09:39 AM

Has anyone spotted any bulk yeast? Harvest in JP was my source for many years, but they are falling down on the job despite my making a plea to the manager. TIA.

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    gutterman Apr 8, 2011 09:25 AM

    Try BMS supply on washingtion street. they should have it in the bakery section.


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    1. re: gutterman
      powella Apr 8, 2011 12:55 PM

      Thanks, hounds. I should have specified that I meant baking yeast, not nutritional. Needham's a bit far afield for me but I'll definitely check out BMS.

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      skippy66 Apr 7, 2011 12:29 PM

      I buy SAF Instant Yeast in a one-pound package at Whole Foods. Put it in the freezer and it lasts forever. I've seen large packages of yeast at Costco and BJ's as well.

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        Jenny Ondioline Apr 7, 2011 12:32 PM

        I swear I've seen the one-pound bags of SAF Instant (my go-to yeast as well) at the Packards Corner Star. I'll report back if I see any.

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          Jenny Ondioline Apr 7, 2011 08:26 PM

          (As of this evening, no dice: just the 4 oz jars of Fleischmanns.)

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          StriperGuy Apr 7, 2011 01:16 PM

          You don't even need to freeze. Lasts indefinitely in the fridge as well.

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            itaunas Apr 8, 2011 07:47 AM

            Fresh Pond Whole Foods usually has the 1lb SAF Instant, but check the package dates because they can vary. Costco carries the 2lb Red Star Active Dry I believe (what they had the last time I was there). And Restaurant Depot has both, for a lot less money than Whole Foods.

            Central Bakery in Cambridge will sell yeast too, which used to be fresh yeast in half-lb bricks, but they were a bit flakey about it so I just went about buying from Piantedosi which always has fresh yeast but is not in Cambridge. I vaguely recall seeing some yeast at Christina's, can't be more expensive than whole foods, but I would call first.

            For nutritional yeast I think its harvest in bulk. For brewers yeast, winemaking yeast, lactic acid bacteria you also have Modern Homebrewer on Mass ave. :-)

          2. StriperGuy Apr 7, 2011 11:52 AM

            Just to clarify, I meant baking yeast, not nutritional.

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              finchfinch8 Apr 7, 2011 11:46 AM

              I just bought some bulk nutritional yeast from the Harvest in Central Sq! If you can make the trip over, you may be rewarded!

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                threedogs Apr 9, 2011 09:13 AM

                Although the OP was asking for baking yeast, I'm glad you mentioned this. I like to keep a supply for holiday baking for my vegan daughter, but don't want - or need -to order a large container online. Will check them out next time I'm in Central Square - thanks!

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                  yarm Apr 11, 2011 08:39 AM

                  They do have bulk baker's yeast. It's in the fridge cases along the long wall toward the back. That's where we get ours (and we buy our Nu-yeast there too).

                2. StriperGuy Apr 7, 2011 10:01 AM

                  I bought a pound (probably a 5 year supply at my house) at Restaurant Depot in Needham for $5 or so.

                  Arax in Watertown sells it. They repackage into little tubs.

                  Might ask if Iggy's or one of the local bakeries would sell you some.

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                    deglazer Apr 7, 2011 02:25 PM

                    Arax also has cakes of fresh yeast, if that's of interest. At least they did when I was there a few weeks ago.

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                      threedogs Apr 9, 2011 09:11 AM

                      For further clarification (beyond what everyone else has contributed) - fresh yeast will last at the most, a month, in the freezer (maybe not even that long - been there, done that...)

                      The instant yeast will last much longer. I purchase mine - both SAF & Fleischmans - in the large, vacuumed packed bags at the Big Box stores. Have had no problem w/keeping my supply, which I transfer to a glass jar - in the freezer for several years.

                      I will admit, however, it does feel cool to use a cake of fresh yeast. I love the texture & feel of it, although I admit there was no difference in the resulting bread I baked. :D

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