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I'm totally new to baking my own bread. So new, I haven't even done it yet. But I want to start this weekend.<br><br>
I have flour already. So I need yeast. My usual grocery store DOESN'T EVEN HAVE IT. I was shocked. DH and I spent about 15 minutes scouring the baking aisle, up and down, and then we asked an employee and she said, they don't carry it. Sheesh!<br><br>
Next grocery store, then. They ONLY come in individual packs? And they are 40 cents each. Now, 40 cents is not so much, but it's a lot when I've been told I can make bread for about 50 cents a loaf and we're not even talking about flour or anything yet.<br><br>
I don't know anything about this. Is this just reality, yeast comes in little packets only, and the prices have just gone up? I'm sure it will still be a savings from the storebought loaf ($2.39 for the on-sale brand of the week). I guess I assumed I could get a bag or jar or something of yeast for only a few bucks, enough for, I don't know, 50 loaves or so.<br><br>
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Keep searching! My grocery store has a little jar of yeast for $2-3 dollars that is a much better deal than the individual yeast packets and should last a few months. If you have a membership at Sam's Club or Costco or another similar store, they sometimes sell a vaccuum sealed 2 pack of yeast for about $4. I split it with a friend, and the remaining pack lasts us about a year, and we make at least a loaf or 2 a week. If you get a larger container of yeast, separate out the yeast that you'll use in the next 3-6 months and store the rest in the freezer.
 

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Costco here, too.
 

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The Costco yeast that I bought (I keep a price book) was $4.69 for 2lbs. I put it in mason jars, sealed and put them in the freezer. I read in another forum that keeping yeast this way, people have used it as much as 6 years later with no ill effects. It might take me that long to use it as I bake bread only about twice a week and the recipe calls for only 1 tsp.
 

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i wish i could find yeast in bulk. the smallest jar is $4 and makes 6-8 loaves. The next size up is $10 and makes about a dozen. When I'm making a loaf every other day, it doesn't last very long.
 

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I found yeast at our co-op in little plastic ziplock bags in the refrigerator. I had my jar left over from the Fleichmann's yeast (which cost about $4.50), so I put the bulk yeast in there. The bag of bulk yeast was about $1. Of course, I forgot the price per pound and how much I actually got.
 

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Definitely keep looking. I can get yeast at my bulk store, so I can buy a cup or a quart at a time. If yours doesn't have it, ask them if they can get it for you. If that doesn't work, any restaurant supply or warehouse type store should have large packages of it.
 

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What kind of a recipe are you using? I buy the small jars(I like the instant yeast & the big jars aren't instant yeast). With the small jar I can get about 3 recipies(maybe 4) of my 4loaf recipe. The 4 loaf recipe actually makes 4-5 loaves & 12 buns. I use 2TBSP of yeast per recipe so I may be able to get 4 recipies out of it.
 

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I buy instant yeast, the last time I bought it the yeast was just over $4 for 4 pounds. I split the 4 pounds with my sister. I keep in sealed in the fridge.
 

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Google for 'instant yeast.' Even if you pay for shipping, it's cheaper to buy it online <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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try european markets, bulk bins, coops.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I'm totally new to baking my own bread. So new, I haven't even done it yet. But I want to start this weekend.<br><br>
I have flour already. So I need yeast. My usual grocery store DOESN'T EVEN HAVE IT. I was shocked. DH and I spent about 15 minutes scouring the baking aisle, up and down, and then we asked an employee and she said, they don't carry it. Sheesh!<br><br>
Next grocery store, then. They ONLY come in individual packs? And they are 40 cents each. Now, 40 cents is not so much, but it's a lot when I've been told I can make bread for about 50 cents a loaf and we're not even talking about flour or anything yet.<br><br>
I don't know anything about this. Is this just reality, yeast comes in little packets only, and the prices have just gone up? I'm sure it will still be a savings from the storebought loaf ($2.39 for the on-sale brand of the week). I guess I assumed I could get a bag or jar or something of yeast for only a few bucks, enough for, I don't know, 50 loaves or so.<br><br>
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My mom just got me a HUGE package of yeast from Sams club for next to nothing. Try there, or Costco if you have one in your area (I don't have Costco <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">).
 

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Costco has great deals on yeast.<br><br>
The other thing is that you could make a sourdough starter and use that instead. Some varieties of sourdough starter are really mild (i.e. not really sour at all) and if you care for it (generally give it a little flour and water every week or so), it can last forever. Sourdough is also generally healthier than processed yeast.
 

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I pay about $6-7 for 4 oz, and 1/4 oz (2.25tsp) is equal to a packet of yeast. But I only use 2tsp (instead of 2.25tsp) per loaf/pizza. So my cost winds up being about 35 cents. I'm having trouble finding it in bulk.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I found yeast at our co-op in little plastic ziplock bags in the refrigerator. I had my jar left over from the Fleichmann's yeast (which cost about $4.50), so I put the bulk yeast in there. The bag of bulk yeast was about $1. Of course, I forgot the price per pound and how much I actually got.</div>
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This is exactly what I do, my HFS has yeast and it so much cheaper than anywhere else, and I re-used my old jar. I also get my baking powder there-it's just so much cheaper, and I use my old jar.
 

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Costco is where I get it.
 
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