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MaryE 09-23-2007 04:21 PM

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?

Thanks!

-Mary

Katie H 09-23-2007 04:30 PM

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.

justplainbill 09-23-2007 04:34 PM

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.

MaryE 09-23-2007 04:43 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Katie E (Post 486112)
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?

Thanks again!

-Mary
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Katie H 09-23-2007 05:04 PM

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.

MaryE 09-23-2007 05:53 PM

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?

Thanks!!

Katie H 09-23-2007 06:10 PM

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.

justplainbill 09-24-2007 09:38 AM

Per https://https://countrylife.net/pages/recipes/563.html

"Therefore, 2 teaspoons or ounce dry yeast is equal to 2/3 ounce compressed yeast."

Andy M. 09-24-2007 09:41 AM

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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