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Apr 7, 2011 09:39 AM

bulk yeast in JP or Cambridge?

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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  1. 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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    1. re: StriperGuy

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

      1. re: deglazer

        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

    2. 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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      1. re: finchfinch8

        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!

        1. re: finchfinch8

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

          1. 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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            1. re: skippy66

              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.

              1. re: Jenny Ondioline

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

              2. re: skippy66

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

                1. re: skippy66

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


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                  1. re: gutterman

                    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.