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Nutritional Yeast


Nutritional Yeast

Nutritional yeast is a healthful and flavorful addition to many recipes.

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Not to be confused with brewer's yeast, nutritional yeast is packed with the B-complex vitamins and protein, and it has a naturally nutty, yeasty flavor that resembles that of cheese. It is a "deactivated" yeast which means that it is no longer living and will not produce effects of "active" yeast, used most commonly in bread and pastry baking.

Found in the bulk section of most health food stores in small flakes, large flakes and powdered forms, this dairy-free essential is relatively inexpensive, keeps well in an airtight container in the cabinet and is a delicious addition to sauces, cheese substitutes and casseroles. It can also be sprinkled as it is on top of salads, pasta and eggs for flavor and color.

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