Friday, December 5, 2008

Saf-Instant Yeast

After searching for the best source for cheaper yeast, I finally found it here at The Pennsylvania Macaroni Company. It was only $2.99 for 16 oz of instant yeast. If you've ever bought yeast in a grocery store it makes you wonder how can anyone save money baking bread at home, and if you do, the savings are so slim it's not worth the effort. Except maybe for the superior taste. One pack of this yeast makes 96 loaves. With shipping (I bought 8 packs. Some for my niece and sisters.) each pack costs $5.13. That comes out to .0534 cents per loaf. Now I have to get crackin' on the flour part. I'm looking for a suggestions on where to purchase organic flour in bulk for a good price.
Here is a glowing report on this brand of yeast from King Arthur Flour brand. They were more expensive.

This book Artisan Bread In Five Minutes A Day by Jeff Hertzberg and Zoe Francois was featured in my current issue of Mother Earth News. I can't wait to try out the method. I think I'll buy the book as well.


Sandy said...

Thanks for the research on the yeast! I'll try it. I read from the KAFlour Baking Companion that you can freeze the yeast to extend the shelf life. (FYI) I went to a local bakery that makes delicious organic artisian breads -- called the head baker and just asked him. Turned out to be half price about 50-55 cents a pound (I got whole wheat and french style white and they were two different prices.) Good Luck! (Like the new layout a lot!)

Egghead said...

I love home made bread. I have a bread machine but I prefer the old fashioned kneading. The bread just tastes better. I shall look into his yeast.