Nutritional Yeast ….What is That?
One of the first things that had me saying “what is that?” is nutritional yeast. I had seen some recipes and heard it mentioned in a few circles. Yeast? Really? As it turns out, nutritional yeast seems to be a staple in a vegan diet as both a great source of vitamin B-12 and a flavoring for many foods.
Nährhefeflocken der Marke “Naturata” (Melasse Würz-Hefeflocken) / nutritional yeast. Siehe auch/see also: Image:Hefeflocken_Naturata_(Verpackung).jpg (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
According to Wikipedia, “Nutritional yeast is produced by culturing the yeast with a mixture of sugarcane and beet molasses for a period of 7 days and then harvesting, washing, drying and packaging it.” It is a yellow/orange color and sold in either flakes of varying sizes or as a powder. I had no problem finding in my local health food store. (They sell it in bulk and a little less spendy that packaged brands.)
It has a nutty cheesy flavor that makes it a great addition to many recipes. Most commonly, it is used to replace Parmesan cheese. Popular uses are as a topping to popcorn, garlic bread, pasta or potatoes and veggies.
Next time you are browsing the health food section, if you see it, pick some up and give it a try. I really like it and have been using it in more and more meals.
Find it at Amazon:
Bob’s Red Mill Large Flake Nutritional Food Yeast — 8 oz