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Yeast! Or lack thereof....

Not a huge amount of Hamsterkäufe going on round here thankfully, but we can't find dried yeast sachets anywhere! Checked various branches of the usual suspects and no joy... and now realising just how often we normally use it - no more pizza dough, Staffordshire oatcakes, ginger beer (add ginger to the invisibility list too) or soft rolls, and no way to try the delicious-looking recipe an acquaintance posted for sticky buns
Has anyone up in the smoke been able to get yeast recently? There was none around Christmas for 2-3 weeks either so maybe it's not just a CV-related issue
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Re: Yeast! Or lack thereof....

I've bought yesterday afternoon in Migros - but that was fresh yeast. We have some emergency dry yeast stock but prefer fresh.
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Old 29.03.2020, 18:25
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Re: Yeast! Or lack thereof....

The shortage was reported a couple of days ago on Swiss news. Production is fine and increasing but overwhelmed by panic buying. Reckon you'll see it again - at least fresh yeast - in a few days.
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Old 29.03.2020, 18:30
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Re: Yeast! Or lack thereof....

No yeast to be found here in the Fatherland too.
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Old 29.03.2020, 18:34
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Re: Yeast! Or lack thereof....

If you do find it, note that it freezes well.
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If you do find it, note that it freezes well.
It may freeze well. Most things do. But how does it thaw?
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Old 29.03.2020, 19:09
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Re: Yeast! Or lack thereof....

I always use dried yeast, which our local (French) Intermarché stocks in various pack sizes, i.e. not in sachets. Once open I keep it in the freezer, so it does last way past its original use-by date. It remains a powder, so no thawing required.

They're quite well supplied for bread-making, with 5kg bags of locally-milled bread flour as well as a budget brand (which isn't quite as good, presumably lower in gluten proteins). The made-up bread mixes were sold out earlier in the week, but the flour was in good supply.
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Old 29.03.2020, 19:13
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Re: Yeast! Or lack thereof....

Just remembered, I have a bag of ready bake bread flour somewhere (if the ants havn´t got to it) got some natron, so it´s going to be savory sausage crumpets tonight.
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Re: Yeast! Or lack thereof....

Buy fresh yeast and just double up the amount. Thus 10g Fresh Yeast for 5g dried yeast. All the supermarkets sell fresh yeast for about CHF0.25
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Re: Yeast! Or lack thereof....

Our local shop has also run out. Lots of recipes to make your own- like this one:

100 ml beer
1 teaspoon sugar
1 serving spoon flour

mix, leave overnight in cool place.
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Old 29.03.2020, 23:43
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Re: Yeast! Or lack thereof....

Make a sourdough starter! would serve you well after the covid hick up and its more verstatile than bread yeast anyway
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Re: Yeast! Or lack thereof....

No shortage of ginger here and you might like to have a look at some Greek bread recipes which use yogurt instead such as flatbreads and this https://www.ohbiteit.com/2013/12/gre...gredients.html
Also, if you fancy trying to create your own yeast culture, the details are here https://science.howstuffworks.com/in...sourdough2.htm One of my friends in Slovenia has been baking sourdough bread from the 3rd day of her culture.
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Old 30.03.2020, 00:07
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Not a huge amount of Hamsterkäufe going on round here thankfully, but we can't find dried yeast sachets anywhere! Checked various branches of the usual suspects and no joy... and now realising just how often we normally use it - no more pizza dough, Staffordshire oatcakes, ginger beer (add ginger to the invisibility list too) or soft rolls, and no way to try the delicious-looking recipe an acquaintance posted for sticky buns
Has anyone up in the smoke been able to get yeast recently? There was none around Christmas for 2-3 weeks either so maybe it's not just a CV-related issue
I bought some baking powder last week and there was lots of dried yeast next to it (Migros). So just keep looking.

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Why would I deep-freeze dried yeast? Double conservation?
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Re: Yeast! Or lack thereof....

Thanks all - so it seems it may gradually be coming back in.
I'm definitely going to try Odile's recipe though!
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Re: Yeast! Or lack thereof....

Yes, heard lots of people stuck at home so baking more than normal...
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Re: Yeast! Or lack thereof....

I've been trying to start a sourdough starter.. just flour and water, but takes sometime - and seems we have plenty of that now!

https://www.kingarthurflour.com/reci...starter-recipe

Also - I thought If found yeast at the store on Saturday but due to my non existent German, I bought dried sourdough starter.. which I didn't know was a thing.

So.. there are options without actual yeast!

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Re: Yeast! Or lack thereof....

Better yet - use water, flour & dried fruit to make your own yeast 🙃

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/a...ake-bread.html
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Re: Yeast! Or lack thereof....

The kids and I made this soda bread (in possibly less than 5 minutes), and it was delicious - no yeast needed, just baking soda.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gD6w6Tt9sAI

quick notes:
1 can flour
1 can whole wheat flour
1 can milk and/or yogurt
Pinch salt
2 tsp honey
2 tsp baking soda
Handful oats

Oil and oats on top
Cut deep
190 C/375F 50 or 60 min

I did not have a can handy, as we had just taken the recycling, so I put in 1 1/2 cups each with american measures, used mostly yogurt as it had expired 2 days prior, and a splash of milk. Really highly recommended.
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Old 31.03.2020, 18:52
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Why would I deep-freeze dried yeast? Double conservation?
Yes. It doesn't last for ever, but this makes it last twice as long, really.

I buy dried yeast in packs of 125g or 250g, 'cos it costs a fraction of the individual sachets, and is easier to measure, but that's a lot of bread, and in normal use that will sometimes last a couple of years, so the extra life is handy. Otherwise it loses its potency over time, so you're never sure how much more than nirmal to use if it's really old.

As it happens our local supermarket only had one pack left on the shelf today, so I was pleased that I bought a new one as a backup a couple of weeks ago, although I found that the open packet in the freezer, use by of Aug 2019, was still perfectly good, so I have plenty.
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Old 31.03.2020, 18:53
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Re: Yeast! Or lack thereof....

If you still have trouble finding any, send me a PM. I have a pack of six "Backhefe getrocknet" from Migros that I could pop in the Post to you.

Expiration date: 05.2021.

This one...
https://produkte.migros.ch/patissier...t-102782400000
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