Storing Yeast in Your Freezer – Kitchen Trick

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on February 24, 2011

If you bake bread regularly, or you are thinking about starting, here’s a little tip for you…

Store your yeast in the freezer!

It is certainly cheaper to purchase a jar of yeast than to purchase the strips.  If you are planning to make more than 3 loaves of bread or 3 batches of dough for rolls, pizza crust, cinnamon rolls or other yeast bread, then the jar is the way to go.

It will store safely for up to a year in the freezer.  And yes, the little yeast will be just as active after a year in the freezer.

(And those are Lynn’s Chocolate Whole Wheat Zucchini Muffins in the freezer baggie!)

What is your favorite yeast bread recipe?!

Mine…these Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls. *drooling now*

Tell us yours!

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{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Amy W. February 24, 2011 at 9:14 am

I am glad you put this on here. I made homemade white bread and cinnamon rolls and couple of weeks ago and wasn’t for sure if I could freeze the yeast or not.

When you go to use the yeast should you let the yeast sit out a bit to warm up before using it or is it okay to go ahead and use it?
Thank you


Ashley Pichea February 24, 2011 at 9:18 am

I buy yeast by the brick (Sam’s Club), so this is a very helpful tip. Thanks for sharing!


RD February 24, 2011 at 9:53 am

Just yesterday I asked this question, as I have a stash of coupons and wasn’t sure whether to stock up or not.

I always keep it in the refrigerator and have found I have to let it get to room temperature for it to work well.

Thanks for posting.


Heather February 24, 2011 at 10:02 am

I get my yeast from Sam’s by the brick and store it in the freezer. I use it straight out of the freezer and have never had a problem. Much cheaper than the jars in the grocery store!


Christina February 24, 2011 at 10:35 am

I highly recommend buying your yeast at Sam’s club. I paid $4.38 for 2 pounds of yeast at Sam’s as compared to $6.78 for a 4 ounce jar at my local grocery store. Granted, I do bake pretty often. I try to make our sandwich bread instead of buying it.


jamieS February 24, 2011 at 11:14 am

moving mine to the freezer right now…


mary w February 24, 2011 at 1:27 pm

Costco is another good source for yeast in bulk. I got 6 cups of yeast (I know because it is stored in 2-cup containers) for under $5. Froze 2 containers and kept 1 in the frig. Way cheaper than the grocery store. Even if I end up throwing 1/2 of it away I am ahead of either individual packets or even the much small jar at the grocery store.


Mar H February 24, 2011 at 3:17 pm

What’s the shelf life difference between storing yeast in refrigerator vs freezer?


mandy March 1, 2011 at 3:26 pm

If you don’t have a warehouse club membership but want to buy yeast in bulk, try a restaurant supply store. The one around here is GFS, and its open to the public. A 2-lb brick is about $5.


Robin W January 17, 2012 at 4:00 pm

Homemade bread doesn’t contain HFCS like most store bought bread does!


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