>From: email@example.com (LT Silverman)
>Subject: Yeast question--again??
>Date: Sat, 20 Jun 1998 21:16:28 -0400
>What is the difference between active dry yeast and instant dry yeast? Was
>able to buy active dry in the past in 2 lb size, but that option does not
>seem to be available to me any longer--now I can only buy instant dry yeast
>in two 1 lb packs.
>Lois T. Silverman
I'm quoting from the King Arthur Baker's Catalog:
"Instant yeast is dried at amuch lower temperature than active dry, producing
more live cells and thus quicker and more vigorous action when it's added to
flour and water. Unlike active dry yeast, instant yeast doesn't need to be
"proofed" (dissolved in water before being used). Which brings us to instant
active dry yeast - a new, more finely granulated form of active dry yeast,
which, like instant yeast doesn't need to be prooved before use."
They don't seem to offer a 2lb. size of either in their catalog but, I've
found them incredibly helpful, nice to talk to and obliging. Maybe if you gave
them a call at 1-800-827-6836, they could help you out. Good Luck!