Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Let's Talk About: Brewer's Yeast (PLUS A GIVEAWAY!!!!)

Brewer's Yeast: (from Wikipedia)

Yeast is used in nutritional supplements popular with vegans and the health conscious, where it is often referred to as "nutritional yeast". It is a deactivated yeast, usually S. cerevisiae. It is an excellent source of protein and vitamins, especially the B-complex vitamins, whose functions are related to metabolism, as well as other minerals and cofactors required for growth.

Nutritional yeast has a nutty, cheesy flavor. Another popular use is as a topping for popcorn. It can also be used in mashed and fried potatoes, as well as in scrambled eggs. It comes in the form of flakes, or as a yellow powder similar in texture to cornmeal, and can be found in the bulk aisle of most natural food stores.

You guys? This stuff is gold. Delicious, delicious gold. It doesn't hurt that it's yellow and flaky.

I first tried brewer's yeast as a kid. I lived in a hippie town, and the movie theater the next town over (we didn't have one of our own) had a shaker of brewer's yeast at the concession stand. Which is how I first tasted it on popcorn. Ahhhh, hippies.

Things on which brewer's yeast is delicious (that I have tried in the past few weeks):

-bread with butter
-tuna with mayo

Okay, maybe not, like jelly. That's gross. But, it's the best thing I've ever put on popcorn.

And it's great for making faux cheese sauce (Which is a life saver, with my dairy issues). If it weren't so dry I'd probably eat it straight.

I'll eventually post some recipes with brewer's yeast, but right now I'm rocking it simply sprinkled on things.

Anyway, this is all talk, right? Well, I ordered the brewer's yeast from Swanson Vitamins, and they were generous enough to send me two tubs (for super cheap, which is aces in my book).

So, instead of hoarding it, I figured I'd spread the love, because it's delicious you guys. And popcorn has a butt ton of fiber in it, so everyone wins. So, whoever wins gets a big ole tub of brewer's yeast. Maybe I'll throw in some popcorn. And paper lunch bags so you can pop it, oil free, in your microwave. We'll see.


How to enter: (one entry per thing you do)

1. Tell me your favorite way to eat popcorn.
2. Tell your friends about the giveaway (maybe they'll win and share with you? Popcorn party!)
3. Email me a picture of you, eating popcorn, which I can post here. (I'll give you FIVE entries if you send me a .gif of you eating popcorn.)

Giveaway ends at midnight June 5th.

Note: I know blogger has had some commenting issues. If you're having trouble commenting, try opening this blog entry in another browser (I can confirm that Chrome works, if you have it installed). If you can't get any sort of commenting to work, email me you entries: rose@meiri.net

Sub-Note: I was not paid for this review. I am just a fan of delicious flavor.

Secret Sub-Sub-Note: If you get the above reference you get another bonus entry.


  1. We usually just eat (terrible for you) microwave popcorn. If I had it to myself, I'd sprinkle it with garlic powder.

    I've heard of brewer's yeast, but only in a vague sense. Thanks for the info!

  2. I get the reference!! It's one of my favorite things. My 4 yr old digs it, too.

  3. OMG! I love brewers yeast! I eat it on anything savory! Pasta, rice, potatoes, of course popcorn. Supposed to be good for you, but who cares it's awesome!

  4. I've never tried brewer's yeast, but it makes me think my popcorn will taste like beer. I'm in.

    I've only seen that gif on reddit and now all I can see is her boob mashing. Thanks a lot. :P

  5. Oh right, favorite way to eat popcorn...we've been experimenting with savory herb and spice blends lately, but I'm still a fan of air popped with too much butter.

  6. I thought I had tried Brewer's Yeast before, but for some reason I just can't remember the taste. It was probably combined with something. Anyhoo. ..I loveeeee eating my popcorn one kernel at a time. Seriously.. it's probably annoying, but I love taking in every bite.. I loathe butter though, so we could never share.. but I love salt...another reason we probably could never share;)


  7. mmm, I've really been wanting to try nutritional yeast! I usually eat light butter popcorn with sugar and extra salt sprinkled in when it is still piping hot. Its kind of like extra salty/slightly buttery kettle corn. Yum.

  8. Are YOU a fan of delicious flavor? Or pineapple? ; )

  9. I put brewer's yeast in my stir fry. Haven't tried it with tuna/mayo yet - tonight though! I'm making tuna salad so this'll be interesting!

  10. I feel like an idiot--I didn't know nutritional yeast and brewer's yeast were the same thing. Yeast newb.

    I've only had it on popcorn but geez it's delicious. Right now my favorite way to eat popcorn is with melted PB on top!

  11. I've never had brewer's yeast before, but I'd love to try it! I love eating popcorn with some olive oil and salt ... or covered in chocolate and caramel and peanuts. :)

  12. I'm glad I'm not the only one who has no idea what Brewer's yeast. I'd love to try it!

    My fave way to eat popcorn?? At the movies, with generous squirts of what they call "butter." I'm pretty it's not really butter but I love it anyhow.

  13. Popcorn should be air popped, then saturated in butter. Next add copious amounts of salt. Now ask, why did I bother air popping this nutritional disaster? Shrug. Move on. And, Enjoy!

  14. Mmmmm, Scarlet is delicious. Can I add her to my "if ever given the chance....." list?

    Popcorn should ALWAYS be served with caramel.

  15. NOOOO! Brewers yeast and Nutritional Yeast are NOT the same thing, if it tastes "cheesy" then it's nutritional yeast. Brewers yeast is not yummy.

  16. I'm confused--I didn't think that Brewer's Yeast is the same as Nutritional Yeast.

    Nutritional yeast is da bomb! Good for you promoting it!

  17. Nutritional yeast is not the same as brewer's yeast. Nutritional yeast (nickname: "nooch") is used by vegans and those with B-12 deficiencies as a yummy nutty-flavored supplement/ingredient. They do not use brewer's yeast this way. Please see the following