Originally Posted by RPCookin
I've never had good success with yeast from a jar. I never get a good rise, the bread always seems to be heavy and dense. But with the packets, it rises nicely... sometimes almost too much in my bread machine (works great for scratch baking though). The downside is that many of my bread recipes call for 1 teaspoon (about 2/3 of the packet) per loaf, and the rest just goes to waste....
But that's still better than bad bread....
Yeah, you know, now that you mention it, I often get crummy results with bottled yeast as well. It seems more economical to buy it that way, but as you say, I'd rather have good bread.
A while back I bought a bread machine for about six bucks at a local thrift store. Machine works dandy, (even came with the booklet) but I get iffy results with bottled yeast, especially since I don't use it all that often. Years ago I bought a machine brand-new, and I was hyped about using it. I made bread almost every day, and the bottled stuff worked fine for me then. Now, however, I think I'll go back to the packets.