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How to tell if yeast is still good

BeckyAndTheBeanstock | May 19, 200801:58 PM

I've got some instant dry yeast that has been in my refrigerator for about a year, kept sealed. Though I've test-proofed it to make sure it's still active, and it most definitely is (it bubbles, smells yeasty, all that good stuff) my bread just isn't coming out right. The texture of the bread ends up being flatter, denser and almost.... wet but cracked, if that's possible. I'm wondering if it could be my yeast, even though it seems to be alive and kicking and then some? The bread does rise. It would be a shame to throw out the yeast since I have quite a bit still, but then again, it sure is a shame to be disappointed after going to all the trouble of making a loaf from scratch...

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