Unfortunately for occasional bakers, fresh yeast just doesn’t stay active for very long, sometimes only a few weeks with good fresh yeast. But there is a way to keep your yeast active for up to a year. Simply seal it in an airtight container and place it in your freezer. Yes, contrary to popular belief, the fridge isn’t the best place to keep yeast.
This handy chart tells you how long and how to use it.
|Yeast Type||Stays fresh for||To use|
|Compressed fresh||Six months||Defrost|
|Active dry||One year||Use direct from freezer|
|Instant yeast||One year||Use direct from freezer|