What is it?
Nutritional yeast is a deactivated yeast, often a strain of Saccharomyces cerevisiae, which is sold commercially as a food product. It is sold in the form of flakes or as a yellow powder and can be found in the bulk aisle of most natural food stores. It is popular with vegans and vegetarians and may be used as an ingredient in recipes or as a condiment.
It is a significant source of some B-complex vitamins, and contains trace amounts of several other vitamins and minerals. Sometimes nutritional yeast is fortified with vitamin B12.
Nutritional yeast has a strong flavor that is described as nutty, cheesy, or creamy, which makes it popular as an ingredient in cheese substitutes. It is often used by vegans in place of cheese, for example in mashed and fried potatoes, atop of “scrambled” tofu, or as a topping for popcorn.
In Australia, it is sometimes sold as “savoury yeast flakes”. In New Zealand, it has long been known as Brufax. In the United States it is sometimes referred to as “hippie dust”, “nooch” or “yeshi”, an Ethiopian
name meaning “for a thousand”
Where do you get it?
You can buy it at almost any health food or vegan store. Such as the Cruelty-Free Shop, Braddon.
Unfortunately Nutritional Yeast isn’t often available in mainstream supermarkets such as Woolworths or Coles.
The Source Healthfoods
Let’s Be Natural: I just want to let you all know about our new store in Southlands Mawson. We have heaps of great vegan foods and vegan skincare and makeup. We try to focus on things that are healthy, sustainable, fair trade and as local as possible. We also have a great bulk foods section where you can bring your own container and cut out the packaging, with 10% off the second Saturday of each month if you do.
Sonja Barfoed: The giantest health-food shop! Their display of bring-your-own-container goods is overwhelming. Lovely vibe and they have the easiest discount club, it’s an automatic percentage off every visit, you don’t have to remember anything. I think there have been yoga classes in the past as it’s such a big space, and beauty treatments are also available. Parking: Free (specific time limits), very close. Closest gallery: Mawson Gallery
Our website is www.letsbenatural.com.au
Suggested by Francine
Comment: An easy egg alternative for any recipe.
Orgran says: “Orgran No Egg contains no cholesterol, no lactose and no egg! It can be used in cakes, meringues or to make egg free mayonnaise. It is also great as a pantry fill as each packet has the equivalent of 66 eggs. You’ll never run out of eggs again!”
Ingredients: Potato starch, Tapioca flour, Calcium carbonate, Citric acid, vegetable gum (stabiliser): Methylcellulose.
Availability: Available at some health shops and supermarkets.
Suggested by Francine
Description: An easy vegan way to make pancakes.
Orgran says: “All Orgran products are Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Dairy Free, Egg free, Yeast Free, GMO Free and Vegan.”
Ingredients: Stonemilled Buckwheat Flour (49.7%), Rice Flour, Maize Starch, Tapioca, Raising Agents: Monocalcium Phosphate, Bicarbonate of Soda.
Availability: Some healthfood shops and supermarkets.
Griffith Shops, Unit 1/14 Barker St
Ph: (02) 6295 1474
5% discount, or 10% on purchases over $100 (not avail on fridge or frozen products) for card-holding members of Vegan ACT.
Sonja Barfoed: A classic favourite. Extensive, intense tea range and lots of health shop products, dry goods that can be measured out (hot tip: there are even barrels under the counter), and a separate area with lots of eco-gifts. Great range of frozen goods and a lovely café to boot. Parking: Free (specific time limits), very close. Closest gallery: M16 artspace
Shop 2, Jamison Centre, Bowman St, Macquarie, Ph: (02) 6215 2670
10% discount off rrp for card-holding members of Vegan ACT (not valid for fridge or freezer items).
- Vegan foods (including coconut yoghurt, desserts and daiya cheese)
- Health Foods, Vitamins
- Naturopathic Consultations
Open 9am-6.30 Mon-Fri, Sat 9-5pm, Sun 10-3pm