Retired Air Force
Are there any suggestions in storing yeast long term? I searched and saw the life is 1 year frozen, but what other ways are there to store or to ensure you have some for the future?
I have about 25 pounds in a freezer,it should last for 5 yrs when the SHsTF. when we've used it all, then we'll go to a starter.Are there any suggestions in storing yeast long term? I searched and saw the life is 1 year frozen, but what other ways are there to store or to ensure you have some for the future?
I've got about 10 pounds in my freezer all the time. We rotate it. Whenever there is a sign of crisis I go out and buy another 10 to boot.I have about 25 pounds in a freezer,it should last for 5 yrs when the SHsTF. when we've used it all, then we'll go to a starter.
With yeast you can move it to a cool, dark place and it will still remain good for a considerable length of time (like a couple of years at least). I used yeast packages that fell into the back of my spice cabinet and were there forever (no freezing or special care obviously) and it worked fine.I have a question about this. I am extremely new to all of this so I apologize in advance as my questions will probably seem foolish.
For those of you that say you have large stores of yeast (and other foods) in the freezer, what plan do you have to keep the freezer going when the SHTF? Going on the assumption that when it really, really hits the fan that we will lose power for an extended time/forever.
I have both (yeast stored in the freezer and sourdough) because I like the taste of "regular" breads as well as sourdough breads.I don't know how long it lasts. I have a few packs in the deep freezer in the basement but after learning about sourdough, there's no point in buying and storing what you can easily make.
My husband thinks a SHTF situation is when I haven't baked and he has to eat store bought bread ... even the artisan stuff that they swear is home made doesn't cut it anymore ...With all this talk about yeast, it makes me think that maybe I should go out and buy some and learn how to make stuff with it. I have been cooking and baking for years (decades) and I have never done anything with yeast.
Looks like it is time to learn a new trick.
**sigh** What I would give ...Back in October, I found a half-used 4oz jar of Fleischmann's Active Dry Yeast back in a cabinet corner. The expiration date on the lid was Jan 09 05. It has been opened and was 5 years out of date. I made bread with it and it worked just as well as a new package.
Storage conditions: It was out of sight in a dark cabinet corner. Our thermostat stays at 68 F in the winter and 78 F in the summer. I would estimate that the average storage temp for the years it was there to be about 76 F with an extreme low above 65 and an extreme high below 85. Humidity is low consistently.
For what it is worth.
I have worked with sourdough on and off for a couple of years now. Not sure what my problem is but my results are iffy at best.I like to qualify many of my statements, so once again I am no expert but I'm pretty sure it takes heat or alcohol (during fermentation) to kill yeast. Other wise it's pretty tough. I think sourdough is the best way to go for LTS. Why buy what you can make for free.