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THERE IS A YEAST SHORTAGE, EVERYBODY!
My mom has been yammering about yeast since finding out stores don’t have it. Lately, every phone conversation tilts towards Mom’s shrinking supply and her asking me if I’ve found yeast yet. Last evening I asked her how much yeast she has. Mom reported she has “only” 1/3 of a 16 oz package. Which is about 5.33 ounces.
Most bread recipes require 1/4 ounce of yeast. Therefore, 5.33 oz should yield over 20 loaves of bread, giving her enough to last through August. So “Why so much yeast?” I asked.
Mom explained that instead of using the 2 1/4 teaspoon called for, she uses 2 heaping TABLESPOONS, or 3x what the recipe requires because she believes her bread “poofs up better.”
A baker myself, I warned her about using too much yeast when she retorted, “I’ve baked bread for 25 years, I know how much yeast to use.”
I shut my pie hole and ordered 2 lbs of yeast on Amazon. Hopefully, it will last her through summer.
Toilet paper isn’t something I thought about until there was none left to buy. Without providing details, I realized that that I’ve been careless about my TP usage. By becoming more prudent, our TP should last for the next 6 weeks.
Last week I filled my online shopping cart with 17 items from Sam’s club. Before checking out, I straightened out my cupboards and freezer to inventory what I have. It turns out I needed nothing. I wanted bulk-size packages of peanut M & M and Starbursts, but are they necessary? I think not.
I’ve already picked up two lessons from this coronavirus challenge:
1. Judiciously use what I have.
2. Recognize the difference between what I want and what I need.