*2 YEAR OLD EXPIRED YEAST: GOOD OR NOT?*
I was going thru my freezer the other day to see how much room I had for more meat and in the bottom I found a box of individual yeast packets dated NOVEMBER 2006. I don't remember buying these but I wanted to see if this 2 to 3 year old maybe freezer burned yeast was still good. I did not take any pictures so you will have to use your imagination.
I took a packet out of the freezer and threw it on the counter where it thawed overnight at room temperature. I went on the internet and found a simple white bread recipe that I could use in my bread machine. The recipe I used can be found here:
2 cups warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
2/3 cup white sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons active dry yeast
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/4 cup vegetable oil
6 cups bread flour
In a large bowl, dissolve the sugar in warm water, and then stir in yeast. Allow to proof until yeast resembles a creamy foam.
Mix salt and oil into the yeast. Mix in flour one cup at a time. Knead dough on a lightly floured surface until smooth. Place in a well oiled bowl, and turn dough to coat. Cover with a damp cloth. Allow to rise until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour.
Punch dough down. Knead for a few minutes, and divide in half. Shape into loaves, and place into two well oiled 9x5 inch loaf pans. Allow to rise for 30 minutes, or until dough has risen 1 inch above pans.
Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 30 minutes.
I didn't follow the recipe. I put everything into my bread machine and turned it on. It worked perfectly. This is a simple recipe that uses no eggs or milk and just a small amount of oil. This bread was fantastic. Did not tax my resources and proved that 3 year old yeast that has been kept in the freezer works well.
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