I got out of the habit of testing my yeast, because it always worked. So two days ago I baked bread and had what could most definitely be termed a failure to rise…
I keep the bulk of my yeast in Landlady’s freezer, and a working supply in a little 4 oz. jar on my counter. So I tested the yeast in the jar, and it was dead like unto a doornail. Oh well, I thought, that’s why I keep most of it in a fridge. So I just got back from tending Landlady’s chickens, and while there I filled the jar with yeast from the freezer. Brought it home and tested it.
WTF? I buy my yeast in 2-pound packages, refrigerate it as soon as it’s opened except for what I keep at the Lair. I’ve never had it go dead on me before but I’m getting toward the end of the package so dead yeast in the jar isn’t that big a surprise. But I never would have thought both bunches would go bad at the same time. Last baking day it worked fine.