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Old 09-23-2007, 05:21 PM   #1
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Substitute for fresh yeast

Hi everyone,

I have a recipe that calls for 2 oz fresh yeast. I can't find fresh yeast. Is it okay to substitute dry yeast for fresh? If it's okay, how much would I use?

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Yes, Mary, you can. For each "cake" of fresh yeast, use 2 1/4 teaspoons of the dry yeast, which is what's in a package of dry yeast. I gave you the measurement because I buy dry yeast by the pound and always measure it out.
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Old 09-23-2007, 05:34 PM   #3
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7.5 Tsp of dry yeast should do. Since yeast multiplies like bunnies a little less or a little more will not make much difference except for fermentation time.
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Yes, Mary, you can. For each "cake" of fresh yeast, use 2 1/4 teaspoons of the dry yeast, which is what's in a package of dry yeast. I gave you the measurement because I buy dry yeast by the pound and always measure it out.
Is a "cake" of fresh yeast 1 oz?

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I don't really know, Mary. It's been so many years since I bought/used cake yeast that I don't remember. However, I'm certain a cake of yeast weighs far less than an ounce. I went to the Fleischman's yeast site and they listed the weight of everything...except the cake yeast.
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Old 09-23-2007, 06:53 PM   #6
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I'm guessing that a cake must be about 0.6 oz, because that would tie in to the 7,5 tsp that justplainbill suggested.

Sound reasonable?

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In my recipes that call for a cake of compressed yeast, I have always used either one package of dry or 2 1/4 teaspoons bulk. Never had any difficulty with the end product.

Just so you know where I'm coming from, I bake ALL the bread products we eat in our house and have been doing it for many, many years.
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Per http://http://countrylife.net/pages/recipes/563.html

"Therefore, 2 teaspoons or ounce dry yeast is equal to 2/3 ounce compressed yeast."
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To look at it from a different direction, one packet of Active Dry Yeast is good for up to 6 cups of flour.
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