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What is cake yeast?

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Fresh active yeast is sold in cakes. It deteriorates quickly at room temperature as the cells die. Under refrigeration, it lasts for only a few days. For longer storage, the yeast should be frozen in a tightly sealed container. Frozen, it will retain its activity for three to four months.

PREPARED BY: Angela M. Fraser, Ph.D., Associate Professor/Food Safety Specialist, and Carolyn J. Lackey, Ph.D., R.D., L.D.N., Professor/Food and Nutrition Specialist, North Carolina State University (August 2004)

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