In need of a time-consuming hobby and stress relief, a whole lot of people have gotten into baking — particularly bread making — during the pandemic. That’s caused some interesting shortages: Things like flour, sugar, and, yes, yeast have become hard to find at supermarkets and grocery stores. Suddenly, the most basic of ingredients have become the hottest of commodities. Many people have tried their hand at sourdough starter and learned that it’s a finicky process that requires a whole lot of flour to get going.
That’s where restaurants and wholesale suppliers come in. A handful of metro Detroit spots have pivoted to selling groceries to the public including hard-to-find pantry staples like dry active yeast. Below, Eater has compiled a handy list of places selling those helpful, burping microbes.
White Wolf Patisserie: Clawson’s Japanese bakery is selling pastries and coffee as well as baking ingredients like gelatin sheets, butter, eggs, and bread flour. Choose between two different brands of dry active yeast: Red Star or Saf-Instant. A 4-ounce package is $5.
Folk: This Corktown brunch spot-turned-market features a bakers box for $35 that contains AP flour, soft white whole wheat flour, peanut butter, fruit preserves, and one cup of yeast.
Mudgie’s Deli and Wine Shop: Now open for carryout and grocery service, Mudgie’s is selling Saf-Instant dry active yeast for $2.10. Customers can also find other baking supplies here like sugar, brown sugar, flour, butter, and eggs.
SheWolf: Italian restaurant and temporary market SheWolf offers 2-ounce containers of Red Star dry active yeast in its pantry for $2. Email orders to firstname.lastname@example.org with a phone number and preferred pickup time.
Atlas Wholesale: This restaurant supplier has transitioned to selling groceries and household items directly to the public. In addition to 25-pound bags of AP flour, you can purchase a pound of Fleischmann’s dry active yeast for $4.95. The hitch is that orders must be at least $100 to qualify for pickup.
Bake Station: With locations in Southfield and Farmington Hills, Bake Station specializes in nut-free, dairy-free, and Kosher baked goods. The stores are also selling a pound of Instaferm packaged yeast for $7.99. Call ahead to check availability.
Cornwall Bakery: This Grosse Pointe Park bakery is offering yeast in its $28 “baking box.” The box also includes bread recipes and items like bread flour, butter, and sugar. Order online for pickup.
Tania’s Pizza: Purchase three teaspoons of Red Star dry active from this pizzeria and corner store in Royal Oak. The shop is accepting online orders.
Zingerman’s Delicatessen: In addition to flour, butter, and eggs, bakers can buy 2-ounce cubes of fresh Red Star yeast for $4. Each cube is the equivalent of three packets of dried yeast.
Update: This story was originally published on April 29, 2020, and has been updated to reflect new locations.
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