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Works every time!
on 17 April 2012
I first found this product some years ago when ordering some items from a mail-order kitchen equipment supplier and needed something inexpensive to add to meet a minimal P&P-free value. It was a type of product I used and it was worth spending less than £1 to save six or seven! I was pleasantly surprised that the product was a very good one.
I do a lot of bread-making and sometimes use a bread-maker or large food mixer to make the doughs. When I started, I used to use a supermarket own brand dried yeast that came in 1/4 ounce (7g sachets). Three times out of four it would work and not on the fourth. I then changed to another sachet brand, one by a quality flour maker and found that better, but not 100% and rather pricier.
Having started to use the Doves Farm yeast, I have yet to have a failure after probably 15 or more packs and it appears to cause a higher rise than I was getting before. I believe it to contain a 'yeast improver' for that purpose.
I learned that yeast freezes well and, as it seemed crazy to pay £5 or more P&P for something then costing £1, more or less, I buy 3 or 4 at a time, usually with something else. As I use it frequently, a pack can last 5 or 6 weeks, although usually double, before it is empty, so I store the spares in the freezer tray. They will stay frozen quite happily for about 18 months if necessary but I remove a pack about 2 days in advance and store in the fridge. Once open, it is re-sealed and stays on a fridge shelf. If you do not use it frequently, seal the pack (an elastic band will do), store it in a small zip-seal bag and return it to the freezer to extend its life. Do not attempt to freeze fresh yeast; you will kill it!
Although intended for use only in bread machines, I find it equally effective with a food mixer and also when hand-mixing. If a recipe demands a slow rise, or two or more rise stages and many do, you will need an active yeast. I therefore always have both on hand. Sometimes, a dough may need a kick-start to rise, so I will use about 1/4 teaspoon less of the dried yeast and substitute a similar quantity of the quick variety.
A reliable product from a very good specialist brand, quite inexpensive (from many suppliers) and cheap enough to hold in reserve. Very useful for anyone making bread, pizzas, many bun varieties or even Danish pastries and much more besides.