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Old 05-28-2009, 12:52 PM   #1
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How long can you keep fresh yeast in the fridge?

I am into bread making lately and have been using dried yeast so far, but my local tesco is giving away fresh yeast for free if you ask at the bakery counter and I would like to either freeze it or keep in the fridge until I am ready to bake. It is not much, about 100g. How long can I keep it in the fridge and If I freeze it is it just as good using fresh yeast?

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Old 05-28-2009, 01:06 PM   #2
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Here's a good site for yeast (all types). It says, "Dry yeast can be stored at room temperature until the expiration date--or within 4 months of opening--but it lasts even longer in the refrigerator or freezer." How much is "longer" ....I don't know :(
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Old 05-28-2009, 01:41 PM   #3
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Toss it in the freezer and it will last forever. The yeast goes into hibernation until thawed.
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Old 05-29-2009, 02:41 AM   #4
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Thank you momskitchenandstuff and mcnerd for your help on this.
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Old 05-29-2009, 08:16 PM   #5
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i have kept yeast in the freezer for years and it still proofs.
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Old 05-30-2009, 07:37 AM   #6
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I've never worked with fresh yeast myself, but looking over the site linked above, it says that fresh yeast should last up to four months in the freezer.
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Old 05-30-2009, 07:47 AM   #7
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I have never worked with fresh yeast either. But from what I have read, I am glad to have access to dry yeast!
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