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SAF Red Label Instant Yeast, 16 oz.

SAF Red Label Yeast for bread, 500 grams.
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SKU: JQ687, Part Number: 802020


SAF Red Label Instant Yeast, 16 oz.

Reward your quality efforts with quality ingredients! The best-selling yeast in the world, SAF Red Label yeast has solved bread baking performance problems for many bakers. It's fast, ultra-reliable, easy to use, and economical. It's also gluten-free and kosher. It comes vacuum packaged and its long shelf life can be extended even further in the fridge or freezer.

  • “We use only SAF after trying many others. Works perfectly every time with our organic home ground grains for perfect bread!”

    – Trina Z., TX

Saf-Instant® Red is a granular free-flowing yeast for use in doughs with sugar levels of up to 12% (Baker’s Percent). Saf-Instant Red is best for short-time fermentation processes.

Each 1-lb bag of SAF Red Label Yeast is enough to make 40-45 loaves of bread.

Saf-Instant Red is recommended for the following baked goods:

  • Artisan
  • English muffins
  • Bagels
  • Flat breads
  • Baguettes
  • Hearth breads
  • Crackers
  • Pan breads
  • Croissants
  • Pizza crust
  • Donuts

While there are a few varieties of yeast out there, the two most common you’ll find are active dry yeast and instant yeast (which is also known as bread machine yeast, or rapid-rise yeast). The major difference between the two is that instant yeast has much smaller granules, making it easier to dissolve into dough and is faster to activate. This means instant yeast can be added to the recipe with other dry ingredients. Recipes calling for active dry yeast usually call for you to “proof” the yeast in sugar and water before adding it to your dry ingredients.

The million dollar question is, is acive dry yeast and instant yeast interchangeable? Most sources say that you can use active dry and instant yeast interchangeably. However, it’s best to add 25% more active dry yeast if you’re using it in place of instant yeast, and 25% less yeast if you’re substituting instant for active dry yeast.

While there’s not a big difference in flavor, those with a keener palate tend to notice a stronger flavor in instant yeast. If you substitute instant yeast for active dry yeast, and keep the measurement the same, you may want to add a little more salt to help with flavor.

Another important point to keep in mind if substituting one yeast for the other, is that instant yeast is intended for just one rise. If a recipe requires you to let the dough rise, knead, and then rise again, your bread may not rise as well the second time around, using instant yeast. In recipes that call for multiple rises it's best to use active dry yeast.

If you're in a pinch, go ahead and substitute one yeast for the other, just keep in mind the difference in ratio as mentioned above, as well as the lower second rise that comes with using instant yeast.

To test yeast to see how active it is, mix 1 teaspoon sugar into 1/2 cup of warm water (110° to 115° F), then mix in 2-1/4 teaspoons yeast. If mixture has risen to the top of the cup by the end of ten minutes, yeast is very active. If not, it needs to be replaced.


Yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae), sorbitan monostearate, ascorbic acid

Nutrition Facts

Amount per 100g
Calories 390
   % Daily
Total Fat 6g
Saturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 75mg
Total Carbohydrate 33g
Fiber 27g
Sugars 0g
Protein 50g
Vitamin A 0ug RE
Vitamin C 300mg
Calcium 45mg
Iron 5mg

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Manufacturer Part Number 802020
Brand SAF Yeast
Length 2.5"
Width 3.5"
Height 4.5"
Product Weight (lbs.) 1-1/4 lb.
Net Weight 1 lb.
Origin Imported
UPC 107929159092


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  • The Only Yeast I Use
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    SAF yeast is the only brand I use for my whole wheat bread and pizza. I make sure I buy in bulk so I don't run out because store brands just don't 'measure up'.
    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.  Did you?
  • Great yeast, great price
    By on - Verified Buyer
    This lasts a long time in the freezer, works well, and is much cheaper than my local grocery store.
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  • Best price and great product
    By on - Verified Buyer
    I make a lot of bread and this is the only yeast I will use. Never have a problem with this product. I order it from Pleasant Hill because of the price and great product care. I received one damaged in the last shipment and they promptly sent me a replacement. Great service.
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  • The best and only yeast to use!
    By on - Verified Buyer
    I love to bake bread and so I have used different brands of yeast over the years. I have found that the tried and true yeast is SAF. As soon as I received the last package from Pleasant Hill Grain I tried a new bread recipe and all three loaves came out beautifully. And the price beat Amazon! Always great customer service from Pleasant Hill Grain!
    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.  Did you?
  • Great quality, reliable product.
    By on - Verified Buyer
    I bake bread in a wood-fired oven for our local Farmers Market. This yeast is my go-to ingredient for the yeasted doughs. It keeps well and performs great every time. I've been purchasing it here for years and plan to continue to do so!
    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.  Did you?
  • Winning combination
    By on - Verified Buyer
    SAF Red Label Instant Yeast and whole wheat flour milled from PHG grain is the BEST combination you can find!
    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.  Did you?
  • Excellent yeast
    By on - Verified Buyer
    We were introduced to SAF yeast when we first started baking our own bread. We love it! We pull it out of the fridge and use it for whatever yeast is needed in - no need to let it warm up. Pleasant Hill Grain provides excellent service with super quick delivery and great prices! We enjoy doing business with PHG and will be ordering from them again!
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  • Best I've ever used!!
    By on - Verified Buyer
    I was introduced to this yeast about 16 years ago - my friend told me I could store in freezer to keep fresh and I've used it ever since, never a failure as I was having with other yeasts.
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  • Good yeast = good bread
    By on - Verified Buyer
    This SAF yeast from Pleasant Hill Grain is good quality. I buy several packages at a time and store it in my freezer. It produces good rising and good tasting bread. Also I have purchased numerous food and mechanical items from Pleasant Hill Grain. Their products are always good quality and they are truly pleasant people to work with.
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  • Highly Favored
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    I bake whole grain bread about once a week. More yeast is usually required for whole grain bread, because the flour is heavier, requiring more strength to raIse the bread. SAF instant yeast is dried at lower temperatures, so the proportion of live cells is much greater, allowing me to use up to 25% less than active dry yeast. This contributes to smaller individual granules which absorb liquid more quickly and can be added directly to the dry ingredients and mixed immediately. SAF, made by Red Star saves me time & money, but most of all it helps me bake great healthy bread!
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