Tip: Saving Money On Yeast
I make all of my bread homemade. About a month into making this commitment, it occurred to me that yeast, the way I was purchasing it, isn’t cheap. On sale, it seems like I could find the three-envelops of yeast for about $1.10. One loaf of bread, one batch of buns, one patch of pita bread, two pizza doughs — all of those take one envelope of yeast.
When we decided to purchase a grain mill and were making an online purchase for wheat berries, we stumbled upon blocks of one-pound containers of yeast. On this particular website, the one-pound block was $6. At Sam’s Club, I’ve found a two-pack of one-pound each Fleischmans Yeast for $5. But, for the sake of argument, let’s use the $6 price since not everyone can shop at Sam’s Club.
One one-pound block of yeast is the equivalent of 16 ounces. Each envelope is one-fourth of an ounce. That means that each pound block contains 64 envelopes worth. That means that it makes 64 loaves of bread, 64 batches of rolls, 64 batches of pita bread, or 128 pizza crusts.
For $6, you’re getting what you would pay $21+ for in envelopes.
That is a SIGNIFICANT savings.
My concern when I purchased the block is that it would not work as well as the envelopes. I can tell you that my experience has been that it works BETTER than the envelopes, and is easier. I just keep it in an air-tight container in the refrigerator, and measure out 2¼ tsp for every envelope for which the recipe calls.
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great to know – will have to look for this
BJ’s also has a two pack for, I think, under $5. Our Sam’s Club sells cake yeast and not instant dry so I was happy to find the two pack at BJs this summer. I had been buying the yeast in the jar and it was over $5 at Super Walmart and almost $9 at the local grocery stores. Needless to say, this is a really awesome tip for those who go through quite a bit of yeast. :)
Excellent savings! Yes, the packets can get really expensive, i buy it in a bigger container but not as big as this! Thanks!
I buy the same 2 pack from Sam’s Club. I keep a small air tight jar of yeast in the fridge for making breads and pizza crust. The rest I rewrap in the original package and insert into a ziploc freezer bag. The extra is stored in my deep freezer in the garage. I just restock the small jar from the freezer when needed. I have yet to have a problem with the yeast not working – even when stored in the freezer for an extended period of time.
at bj’s its around $3 for 2 1-lb pkg. my gf and i usually split it.
I buy the same two-pack at SAMS, but I don’t even bother with the fridge or an airtight container. I clip it closed and keep it in the pantry. I make probably 3-4 batches of some bread thing each week (pizza, bread, english muffins, etc). Before I was such a baker and only baked one thing every few weeks I still kept it in the pantry clipped closed. I haven’t even had a problem with it after it’s expiration date, but I know others say you have to keep it cold to keep it alive.