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post #1 of 13
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I have 3 packets of yeast that expired Sept. 30th. Should I toss em or use them real quickly?
post #2 of 13
I'd use them. What's a couple of weeks more on a dry good?
post #3 of 13
Does it say 'BEST BEFORE' or 'USE BY'

If it says best before I would use them
post #4 of 13
Thread Starter 
It says 'Best if used by.' I had to go check.

I also found in the bottom back side of my refrigerator, 2 jars of yeast-both opened- that expired in Oct of '05 and Oct of '06!!! I think I'll toss those!
post #5 of 13
I would not use expired yeast at all.
post #6 of 13
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Originally Posted by MoochNNoodles View Post
It says 'Best if used by.' I had to go check.

I also found in the bottom back side of my refrigerator, 2 jars of yeast-both opened- that expired in Oct of '05 and Oct of '06!!! I think I'll toss those!
Well, has anyone got on your nerves this year? Hallowe'ens coming up....
post #7 of 13
If it says "best before", I would still use them. The others that expired in 05 and 06 - toss.

I'm still trying to convince my daughter that if the label says "best before" a certain date, that doesn't mean at midnight the product expires.
post #8 of 13
I just used up the last of my yeast, the expiry date was two months a go, it came out fine.
post #9 of 13
They should still be ok. I have yeast in my fridge that is a few years old and it still works fine.

Yeast doesn't really go bad but unless it's kept right it will lose it's potency, hence the expiration date.

You won't get sick from using it if it's expired.
post #10 of 13
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Originally Posted by Yosemite View Post
I'm still trying to convince my daughter that if the label says "best before" a certain date, that doesn't mean at midnight the product expires.
Oh that is soooo how my husband is with things!
post #11 of 13
Just to be sure it doesn't ruin your baking, though, you should "proof" it first... put it in a little warm water with a bit of sugar and wait to see if it foams up. If it does, you can use it!

If it doesn't, the little yeasty guys are dead. Go to the sink and give 'em a proper burial at sea.
post #12 of 13
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Oh I didn't know you could test it like that! Thanks for that tip!
post #13 of 13
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Originally Posted by CarolPetunia View Post
Just to be sure it doesn't ruin your baking, though, you should "proof" it first... put it in a little warm water with a bit of sugar and wait to see if it foams up. If it does, you can use it!

If it doesn't, the little yeasty guys are dead. Go to the sink and give 'em a proper burial at sea.
I agree, the date isn't important if you proof it. I proof all the time, that way I know if something went wrong, it wasn't the yeast. Use some of the water in the recipe for proofing, like a quarter cup and a good pinch of sugar, sprinkle the yeast on top and stir it in. Put it in a warm place and wait about 10 minutes, it should be foamy by then.

Yeast is the most amazing thing. Good luck with it.
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