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Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Nutritional Yeast flakes vs Brewers yeast flakes

I am writing this post so my readers do not make the same mistake that I did. I was given a recipe on how to make home made seitan. In it one of the ingredients was for nutritional yeast flakes. I went to the store to find it and asked where it was. I was pointed to an aisle and told it was in a big can. So, I came across Brewers Yeast flakes and thought this was it. Well, It is not. When I went home and tasted it, it did not have a cheesy taste like some say it has. So, I went online and did some research and learned that brewer’s yeast flakes is not nutritional yeast. Below you will find articles from the web-sites where I found information about this topic. I have also included a website to show you a company that makes it and what it will say and look like.

Article one-
Nutritional yeast is a very important ingredient for most vegan cooks. It is NOT the same thing as brewer's yeast or baking yeast. Nutritional yeast flakes, available in health food stores, in bulk or in packages, have a cheesy taste when used alone, but they can also add an "egg yolk" taste to tofu egg substitutes, and a chickeny taste when used with soy sauce .
Nutritional yeast is not a live yeast. It is a very concentrated source of protein, B vitamins (including B12, in the case of Red Star Vegetarian Support Formula), and minerals. It should NOT be refrigerated, but can be kept in a covered jar in a cool, dark, dry place and will keep for a very long time, like most dried foods. If you can only find the powdered form (called “Engevita yeast” or “Bio-yeast”), use half as much as the amount of flakes called for, as it is more concentrated. "Engevita yeast , produced from a selected strain of yeast Saccharomyces Cerevisiae
According to Joanne Stepaniak in "The Nutritional Yeast Cookbook:
"Red Star derives its primary grown nutritional yeast from pure strains of Saccharomyces Cerevisiae grown on mixtures of beet and cane molasses."
AND she further states:
"Many people confuse nutritional yeast with brewer's yeast or Torula yeast. Brewer's yeast is a byproduct of the brewing industry, and Torula yeast is typically grown on waste products, such as those from the wood pulp industry."


Site to show you what nutritional yeast is-
red star vegetarian support formula-

Excerpt two-

Definition: Yellow in color and with a nutty cheesy flavor, nutritional yeast is an inactive yeast that is a favorite amongst many vegans because of its unique flavor and similarity to cheese when added to foods. Sprinkle some on hot popcorn or garlic bread, or add a generous spoonful to a stir fry or pasta sauce. Nutritional yeast is also the only reliable food source of vitamin B12, so if you’re vegan, it’s a good idea to add some to your food regularly. Nutritional yeast can be found in the bulk foods or supplement section of your health food store. You can look for either nutritional yeast flakes or powder, but be sure you don’t get brewer’s yeast by mistake, as its quite similar in appearance.


This is a site to tell you about Brewers yeast and it’s uses:

This is a site that gives you some recipes for using nutritional yeast:

One last note- If you can not find nutritional yeast then go to my first post “welcome to my vegan journey” and you can order it from the online grocery stores.

Happy Vegan cooking

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Alison said...

An FYI to those who shop Mrs. Greens: I went to the location in Hartsdale (Central Ave.) and according to one of the guys there they no longer carry Nutritional Yeast Flakes (for about a year now) because it has been "discontinued" (how odd and probably false). The guy said people have been using the Brewer's yeast flakes instead. I made it very clear that these are not the same things. He looked shocked. LOL! You may have to order it online somehow if your local store doesn't carry it or else we'll all have to run to the stores and demand they start stocking it again! (grin)

Mimi said...

THANKS! I am a new vegetarian who just tried nutritional yeast flakes for the first time--good to know as one tries to venture into the world of tofu, seitan, etc. . . .

:) Mimi

Zucchini Breath said...

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Malkia Laini said...

Brewers makes both types of yeast. The name Brewer, lis like Kleenex. It's brand has become synonymous with making beer or baking, but in fact they do make a nutritional yeast and it is very different. All you need to do is read the label.

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Tracy said...

I have a question: had anyone used equal amounts of both, so to combine the different exclusive nutrients found in each kind?