As a seasoned baker and successful Amazon FBA seller, yeast is an ingredient I buy in bulk and know like the back of my hand. But I also remember first starting out and how tricky it was to locate that little jar or packet in a huge store like Walmart!
So today I‘m sharing my insider knowledge on exactly where to find yeast at major supermarkets and grocery chains. Read on to discover:
What the different types of yeast are, and their uses
Where Walmart stocks yeast in the store
Yeast prices and cost-saving tips
How to spot yeast at other grocery retailers
Expert advice for storing, handling and substituting yeast
Plus plenty of handy tips, tricks, and secrets only a baking pro would know!
A Baker‘s Guide to Yeast Types
Before we dive into yeast hunting, let‘s do a quick overview of the main kinds of yeast and what they‘re used for.
Active dry yeast – The most common form, these are granules of live yeast that need to be dissolved in liquid before baking. You‘ll find it in small jars or packets. Ideal for most bread recipes.
Instant yeast – Finely ground yeast that can be added directly to dry ingredients without proofing. Also labeled "rapid rise" or "bread machine yeast." Speeds up rise time.
Quick-rising yeast – A fast-acting yeast perfect for rushed weeknight loaves or last-minute bread making. Cuts rise times by 30%.
Nutritional yeast – Inactive yeast flakes used for flavor and nutrients. Not a leavening agent but great for recipes like vegan "cheese" sauces. Sold in jars or bags.
Now that you know what to look for, let‘s reveal exactly where to track down each kind of yeast at everyone‘s favorite retail giant.
Where to Find Yeast at Walmart
As a frequent Walmart shopper, I‘ve scoped out all the top spots to locate yeasts:
1. The Baking Aisle
This is yeast‘s main home – start your search here. At most Walmarts, you‘ll find small jars and packets of active dry, instant, and quick-rise yeasts on the shelves near flour, sugar, baking powder, etc. Check both eye level and lower down.
2. Refrigerated Section
Many Walmarts stock jars and pouches of yeast in the cooler aisles near the dairy, eggs and refrigerated dough. The cold environment helps extend the yeast‘s shelf life.
3. Cake Decorating Section
Sometimes yeasts in larger bags or canisters live over by decorating supplies and food coloring. Be sure to check this specialty baking zone.
4. Gluten-Free Area
Any gluten-free flours and baking mixes are often together – yeast-free products may be there too.
5. Bulk Bins
For maximum savings, look for giant bags or tubs of yeast in the bulk foods section. A 1 lb bag can be under $5!
Pro Tip: Ask any employee for help locating yeast – they have detailed store maps and most shoppers need guidance finding baking ingredients.
How Much Does Yeast Cost at Walmart?
National brands like Fleischman‘s and Red Star yeast generally cost $3 to $5 for a small 2-4oz jar. Larger pouches, bags and bulk containers offer much better value. Here are the typical prices I see at my local Walmart:
Fleischmann’s Active Dry Yeast (4 oz jar) – $4.98
Great Value Active Dry Yeast (2 oz jar) – $2.98 (Best deal for small quantity!)
Red Star Instant Yeast (2 oz packet) – $4.28
Great Value Bread Machine Yeast (1 lb bag) – $3.98
Red Star Nutritional Yeast (12 oz jar) – $9.98
Great Value Active Dry Yeast (2 lb bag) – $8.98 (Cheapest per oz!)
Buy larger quantities and divide it into smaller jars for refrigerated storage. The cost per ounce drops dramatically.
Opt for store brands to save 20-50% over name brands. Performance is virtually identical.
Check unit pricing on shelf labels to compare yeast costs per ounce. Bulk is usually cheaper.
Buy multiple jars/packets if they‘re on sale or you bake frequently. Yeast stays fresh for months refrigerated.
National Brand vs. Store Brand Yeast
As a bargain hunter, I‘ve tested all the national yeast brands against grocery store ones to compare quality:
Fleischmann‘s – America‘s oldest and most trusted yeast brand. Versatile and reliable for all recipes. Higher price tag.
Red Star – Another premium brand preferred by pro bakers. Slightly faster rise time. Many variety options.
Great Value – Walmart‘s store brand yeast performs just as well as the big names. My budget choice!
Gold Medal – General Mills‘ yeast designed for bread machines and rapid baking. Good value for the price.
King Arthur – A baker‘s favorite, made by King Arthur Flour. Ultra-fast acting. Higher cost.
For average home baking, you can‘t go wrong with inexpensive store brands – I always keep Great Value yeast stocked. But splurge on Red Star or King Arthur for artisan recipes when you need maximum rise. Compare them yourself and see what works best for your needs and budget!
Where to Find Yeast at Other Major Grocery Chains
Once you know where to spot yeast at Walmart, it‘s easy to locate it at any grocery store. Most keep it in the baking aisle – here are the key areas to focus your search:
|Kroger||Baking aisle on lower shelves|
|Publix||Middle of baking aisle, around eye level|
|Safeway||Top shelves of baking aisle|
|Meijer||Aisle with cake mixes and baking ingredients|
|Whole Foods||Aisle with flour, grains, salt|
|Wegmans||Baking aisle near pasta and cereal|
|Target||Bottom shelves of baking aisle|
|Trader Joe‘s||Center aisles by baking supplies|
Additional spots to check are the gluten-free section, freezer aisle (for frozen yeast), and cooler section for refrigerated varieties.
Ask an employee if you still can‘t locate it – describing the product or showing a picture on your phone makes it easy for them to point you in the right direction.
Expert Tips For Storing Yeast
How you store yeast makes all the difference in how long it lasts and performs. After ruining many loaves and pizza crusts with expired yeast, I‘ve learned some key tips:
Keep unopened yeast in the pantry – cool, dry place is best. Refrigerating isn‘t necessary yet.
Double check expiration date – buy the freshest yeast possible and use within that timeframe.
Once opened, immediately transfer to an airtight container – I use mason jars. Oxygen is the enemy!
Store opened yeast in the fridge – cold temperature prevents spoilage. Use within 4-6 weeks.
Freeze for long-term storage – yeast will keep for 4-6 months in the freezer. Thaw overnight before baking.
Watch for clumping – yeast should be dry and powdery. Discard if it‘s sticky, hard, or clumped.
Smell check – yeast should have no odor. Strange smells means it‘s time to pitch it.
Following these steps helps my yeast stay active and alive for baking anytime.
What To Do If You Don‘t Have Yeast
Even the best bakers sometimes find themselves without yeast when a baking urge strikes. Here are my favorite substitutions to still make yummy baked goods:
Self-rising flour – With salt and leavening added already. Works in muffins, biscuits, loaves, etc.
Baking powder + baking soda – For cookies, cakes, quick breads. Use approx 1 tsp per 1⁄4 ounce of yeast.
Club soda – The carbonation provides lift to pancakes, waffles, and more.
Whipped egg whites – Delicate rise for angel food cakes and soufflés.
Sourdough starter – For a slow fermented, tangy flavor.
While the texture may not be quite the same, you can still bake without yeast in a pinch!
My Funny Quest to Find Yeast
I‘ll never forget the time I searched every inch of a new grocery store for yeast and came up empty! Turns out they kept it in the dairy cooler, which I missed completely. I had to enlist the help of a friendly employee to track it down.
We had a good laugh about my wild yeast chase. Now I know that asking for help is the easiest approach when you just can‘t locate an item. Store workers deal with this daily and are happy to point you in the right direction!
Get Baking with Perfectly Fresh Yeast!
Armed with the inside scoop on finding yeast at Walmart, plus other major supermarkets, your baking endeavors will rise to new heights!
Remember to check the baking aisle first, then refrigerated and gluten-free sections. Buy in bulk for savings, and follow my storage tips for optimum freshness and performance.
Now you‘re ready to whip up amazing artisan breads, pizza crusts, cinnamon rolls and more using the perfect yeast. Share your delicious creations by tagging @williamdeckerbakes on Instagram.