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Nutritional Yeast

Will cooking nutritional yeast deplete the nutrients that it contains? What is the best brand? I buy the kind that comes in bulk at the grocery store, and I really do not know how much to take, or how much b12 it contains. Please help. :-\

B Vitamins are all destroyed by heat to different extents. They are in Nutritional Yeast. Raw is best! Red Star Brand. I know it's a very good source of B12, just not exact measurements.

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Thank you so much. I'll have to look for the red star brand the next time I go shopping.

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what do you do with nutritional yeast? I have only seen it in this new health food store (we FINALLY got a health food store I can drive to in less than a half hour!)but I don't know what to do with it.

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Nutritional yeast is sooo good on popcorn (I put on lots). I've fed it to people skeptical of it and they were raving! I also really enjoy it with a bowl of brown rice, braggs soy sauce and some Udo's oil, or Earth Balance buttery spread. I sprinkle it lightly on salad as well sometimes. 

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does it taste like yeast? I love to try new things but I just wasn't sure what to do with it. My family eats a lot of organic popcorn though, I'll have to try that.

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I adore nutritional yeast.  I think I would have loved it even before I was vegan--it's such a shame that it is an ingredient really only known to the vegan community.  It is great for "cheese" sauces.  One of my favorites is here:

http://vegweb.com/index.php?topic=7108.0

We like to mix some salsa and beans into it and make nachos with all the toppings (lettuce, tomatoes, vegan sour cream).

I've mentioned this recipe here before, but I just love it so much, also with a nutritional yeast "cheese" sauce:

http://vegweb.com/index.php?topic=5980.0

As for eating it uncooked (best for preserving nutrients)--we sprinkle it on pasta, pizzas, and salads.  And very recently I've fallen in love with a tip from The Vegetarian Mother's Cookbook (not vegan, but excellent and most recipes can be veganized).  Spread a piece of toast with some kind of nut butter, then spread a thin layer of molasses on top of that, and then sprinkle the whole thing with nutritional yeast.  Sounds weird, but it is a unique and delicious combination (and has iron and B vitamins).  I've been eating this for breakfast with a piece of fruit for the past two weeks!

Elizabeth

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Elizabeth-those are the two sauces I make all the time for everything too! I use the first one for nachos, and the second one for pizza and in grilled cheese. How funny that we both like the exact same recipes. I have tried tons of others always thinking there will be a better one, but so far these 2 are the best!

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Dragonfly's dry cheeze sauce mix is fantastic!

http://vegweb.com/index.php?topic=7126.0

You store it in your fridge as a dry powder & mix up with water or milk as you need. Someone here on VegWeb suggested using a spice grinder to grind the cashews & they were right -- it is the best way to grind the cashews to a fine powder. I mixed the remaining ingredients into the cashew powder with a pastry blender. I love this stuff & never am without.

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