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Nutritional Yeast….What is That?

on February 7, 2012

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. 

Bragg Nutritional Yeast Seasoning - 4.5 oz - Flake
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 healthfood 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 using it in more and more meals. 

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