Because I make bread every day, I have found I can save a lot of money by buying yeast in the one-pound packages. The yeast I am using now is made by Fleischmann’s, but several of the “big name” yeast companies also sell these one-pound (or two-pound) packages. This yeast works just fine in the bread machine (3/4 teaspoon of yeast for each cup of flour, or approximately 2 1/4 to 2 1/2 teaspoons if your recipe calls for one envelope of yeast). I use this yeast exactly the same way I used the yeast in the packets and jars, with the same measurements and procedures. There are huge savings to be had here. I just called an area supermarket and got the following prices:
- 3 1/4-ounce packets: $2.19
- that’s $46.72 per pound, or 73 cents per 1/4-ounce
- 4-ounce jar: $7.09
- that’s $28.36 per pound, or just over 44 cents per 1/4-ounce
- one-pound package: $3.69
- that’s $3.69 per pound, or just under 6 cents per 1/4-ounce
I still have one of the 4-ounce glass jars left from the days when I used to pay the higher prices for yeast, and I keep that jar filled with yeast in the refrigerator. The rest of the one-pound package is double-wrapped and kept in the freezer until the jar needs to be refilled.
I have found that most the chain supermarkets and even the smaller grocery stores carry (or will order) these one-pound packages of yeast. Yeast is also available in two-pound packages, which usually means an even greater savings, but even though I make a lot of bread and use a lot of yeast, and I do keep it in the freezer, I prefer to buy the one-pound packages because of the freshness factor.