How to select the right kind of yeast

Dear Baker:
I have a recipe that calls for nutritional yeast. Is this different from dry active yeast? It's a macaroni and cheese recipe and I don't know what type of yeast to buy. --iVillager kimritt

 

Dear kimritt:
Nutritional yeast adds flavor and nutrition to recipes and can be found in the grocery store or health food store. It is a rich source of B-complex vitamins including a naturally fermented, non-animal source of vitamin B12 (essential for vegans) and folic acid. Dry active yeast is used for yeast dough recipes and is responsible for causing the dough to rise. So you wouldn't want to put it in macaroni and cheese!

Sarah Phillips is the author of Healthy Oven Baking Book.

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