CLOSE Panic buying is not the only factor to the shortage of toilet paper as the supply chain gets stressed from the increase of demand. USA TODAYAmanda Stevens has just pulled hot bagels out of the oven in her Berkeley home. A culinary school graduate and caterer who was recently laid off, Stevens, 30, reinvented herself as a baker after California’s COVID-19 shelter-in-place order.There was only one problem with her plan: the nationwide shortage of active dry yeast. “It’s hard to sell brioche with no yeast,” Stevens says. For 2 1/2 weeks she scavenged local stores for active dry yeast in jars and packets, even by the pound, with no luck. So Stevens turned to neighbors and friends.Soon, slim three-packet strips started turning up on her front porch and in her mailbox. And a local German restaurant had some extra on hand. Now Stevens is popping out dinner rolls, hamburger buns, sandwich breads and sticky buns that she’s selling through Instagram. Your money is important: Money tips and advice delivered right to your inbox. Sign up hereWhether kneading dough to let off steam or to make homemade pizza for kids home from school, America is baking its heart out during the COVID-19 pandemic — or at least stockpiling key


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