By now, you've likely been to a friend's house, or even a restaurant, and they've had a jar of little yellow flakes that they seem to put on... well, everything. "It's nutritional yeast!!!," they say. But isn't yeast what makes bread rise...? You think to yourself. And you're not wrong -- kind of.
In a nutshell, nutritional yeast is an inactive form of yeast that's specifically made to be eaten, not necessarily used to make food like active yeast is. So while regular yeast is used to bake bread and brew beer, this stuff is meant to be sprinkled. Vegans love it because it adds a nutty, cheesy flavor to food -- popcorn, salads, bagels, you name it -- without actually containing any animal byproducts.
Is nutritional yeast -- or, as the really hardcore fans call it, nooch -- what's been missing from your kitchen? Below are a few ways TikTok recommends to use it.