#1  
Old 06-08-2009, 08:37 PM
Journeyman
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Posts: 308
Default Yeast - how long you keep; how do you store it?

I've read the one year expiration date stamped on the package, but also read that a 5 year storage life is not unrealistic if you keep it in a cool place... or maybe even 10 years if stored in refrigerator... or maybe even double that if stored in the freezer.

I keep my dried yeast (ADY) in the freezer and it is still good after about 5 years.

How long have you kept a cache of dried yeast?
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 06-11-2009, 07:54 AM
Il Pizzaiolo
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: San Antonio
Posts: 1,719
Default Re: Yeast - how long you keep; how do you store it?

I buy IDY yeast in one pound packs and keep it in my refrigerator door in the foil bag - folded down from the top with a clip to hold it - and that in a plastic bag. It has typically taken me about two years to go through a pound and it has always behaved well and shown no evidence of decline.

I don't have experience with freezing yeast. There is a part of me that doens't like that answer for freezers are quite dry. While the yeast is dried, already that gives me some concern for it COULD accelerate decline vs. the fridge, but...???

Good question!
Jay
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 06-11-2009, 09:01 AM
egalecki's Avatar
Il Pizzaiolo
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Virginia
Posts: 1,049
Default Re: Yeast - how long you keep; how do you store it?

I keep my IDY in an airtight container (plastic, with a gasket and a bail like an old-fashioned canning jar) in the freezer. I use it pretty much straight out of the freezer into recipes. How long does it last? Well, I've never noticed it not working properly, and I've kept it in there a very long time when I wasn't doing a lot of baking. When I'm baking a lot, I go through a bag in less than a year.

I think since IDY is more active than ADY, (at least that's what I've read) you won't notice much of a decline unless you don't store it properly. It does need to keep moisture out or you'll have problems with clumping, and, I expect, damage to the yeast.

I just don't like the little packages ADY comes in. They make me nuts opening them and my kids always steal my kitchen scissors. Of course, since they've all graduated from high school now and are in college, if they keep disappearing I guess I'll have to blame someone else??
__________________
Elizabeth


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Mead made with wild yeast Frances Chit Chat 47 08-26-2009 08:36 PM
Yeast Conversion Chart chuckster Artisan Ingredients 1 02-27-2008 12:54 PM
Yeast Activity RCLake Get Cooking 21 01-10-2008 07:26 PM
Yeast Quantity dalucca2003 Artisan Ingredients 25 10-26-2007 10:34 AM
How do you start: sourdough, levain, a barm, wild yeast BrianShaw Artisan Ingredients 10 09-02-2007 07:53 AM


All times are GMT -7. The time now is 03:26 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0
2006/10 Forno Bravo, LLC