Monday, July 11, 2011
Making Bread With Dry Yeast That Was Still Ok Way Past Use By Date !
I've had this packet of dry yeast sachets in my pantry since I made bread last which would have been around 2005. In those years I haven't eaten very much bread really. Kev eats a lot of bread but he is happy with the spud shed bread for 99cents a loaf so at that price why bother making it.Any way back to the story about the yeast, about once a year I have looked at the use by date and have been going to throw it away and then thought I'll make some bread and use it up, well that has gone on for 6 years now. So yesterday I decided to use one of the sachets, I had 7 left in the packet so I figured if it the bread didn't rise I would then through it away, I hate wasting food. The loaf of bread was delicious so the yeast was still ok even after all these years, you can see the best before date on the top of the packet December 2007. I made the loaf of bread in our bread maker, I have thought on a few occasions we aren't making bread anymore I should sell the bread maker its taking up valuable space. Well now I'm eating the failsafe way at least making my own bread I know whats in it. I used 500grams plain home brand wholemeal flour, 1 tablespoon white sugar, 2 teaspoons salt ( I used Himalayan salt) and 370 mils of rainwater, It was lovely, it was what I would call, a really gutsy, wholesome loaf of bread, I hate airy fairy bread. I made garlic butter and had it spread on fresh cut slices and a thick slice for breakfast with butter and rice syrup, how yummy. I'm making another loaf of bread as I'm blogging now. Yesterdays loaf I had on the 4 hour cycle today its on the 5 hour cycle I'll see which loaf is the best. So the moral of the story is just because it says best before doesn't always mean that is the case, especially if it is in a sealed sachet. What have you used that was past its use by date ? how old was it ?and was it ok. Some foods I'd be a little careful about, We need to use our own discretion.