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!
Amy W. says
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?
Ashley Pichea says
I buy yeast by the brick (Sam’s Club), so this is a very helpful tip. Thanks for sharing!
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.
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!
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.
moving mine to the freezer right now…
mary w says
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 says
What’s the shelf life difference between storing yeast in refrigerator vs freezer?
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 says
Homemade bread doesn’t contain HFCS like most store bought bread does!