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Well I have just made my first macaroni cheese with nutritional yeast. However, it tastes kind of weird. Have i done something wrong? Is it an acquired taste?
 

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How did you make the cheese sauce? I use soy milk, nutritional yeast, small amounts of garlic powder and mustard, and salt. It doesn't taste quite the same as real cheese sauce, but it has a cheesiness to it.
 

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That is kind of what I did. I dont think the type of nutritional yeast I bought is very good perhaps. It is sort of light yellow, powdery stuff, whereas the stuff I have seen in the bulk bins looks a light brown.... perhaps I should try with that instead.
 

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The one I use is little yellow-brown flakes. It's probably worth trying a different brand, that might be the difference for you.
 

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Yes, I think so. What cracks me up is on the cans I buy, it says " Wonderful nutty flavor ". Man, they're smoking some good ****.
 

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I add melted Earth Balance to the mix...gives the sauce a buttery flair. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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With just the right combination of ingredients, mac-n-cheese made with nutritional yeast can be decent. However, it will never compare to this product:<br><br><a href="http://store.veganessentials.com/vegan-cheese-sauce-mix-by-leahey-gardens-p2604.aspx" target="_blank">http://store.veganessentials.com/veg...ens-p2604.aspx</a><br><br>
It's often out of stock (probably because it's so good). To me, it actually tastes better than real mac-n-cheese.
 

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That is kind of what I did. I dont think the type of nutritional yeast I bought is very good perhaps. It is sort of light yellow, powdery stuff, whereas the stuff I have seen in the bulk bins looks a light brown.... perhaps I should try with that instead.</div>
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The light yellow powdery kind of yeast is what you would use for a cheesy taste. The light brown powdery yeast tastes VERY different; I can't describe it, but it tastes nothing like the yellow kind (unless they're making the brown stuff in yellow now??)<br><br>
The nooch I have in mind does taste cheddar-cheesy... a lot like I remember those little cheese-flavored crackers. How were you expecting your mac-'n'-cheese to taste, and how were you disappointed?
 

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Definitely try a different brand of nooch - the first one I tried was horrible. Now I found two slightly different tasting brands I like. I love the stuff now.
 

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Yes, I think so. What cracks me up is on the cans I buy, it says " Wonderful nutty flavor ". Man, they're smoking some good ****.</div>
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Yea, there are people who really don't like nutritional yeast, so I'd say it's an acquired taste.<br><br>
I like it, but no mac and "cheese" you make with nutritional yeast is going to taste just like the real thing.
 

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Make sure you are using nutritional yeast and not brewers yeast. Brewers yeast is brown and tastes very different. You definitely wouldn't want to use brewers yeast in mac and cheez.
 

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^this. Also, the flakes work better than the powder for me. I too, add some margarine/oil/fat to the mix. It's not mac&cheese, but it's pretty close. I throw in some turmeric too, but that just to make it more aesthetically pleasing. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Hi guys, thanks for your replies.<br><br>
Well the texture was fine, it was really creamy. I added garlic, mustard and salt. But the taste wasnt cheesy at all.<br><br>
It was a yellow flaky powder, but the nutritional yeast I saw in the bins was a sort of light brown twigs and branchy pieces that could be crumbled up. I thought that perhaps that was the real deal. Anyway I am not sure.
 

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The first, second, and third time I tried making stuff with nutritional yeast I did not care for it at all. But I bought a big bag of it so I felt like I had to keep trying. It paid off because now I love it! I really don't think it tastes cheesy at all, it has it's own flavor to me. It's a good replacement though. My favorite thing to do with it is make a sauce like you would if you are making it for mac and cheese and adding it to my tofu scramble. I could eat it everyday it's so good! So maybe just keep trying it, you may end up really loving it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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With just the right combination of ingredients, mac-n-cheese made with nutritional yeast can be decent. However, it will never compare to this product:<br><br><a href="http://store.veganessentials.com/vegan-cheese-sauce-mix-by-leahey-gardens-p2604.aspx" target="_blank">http://store.veganessentials.com/veg...ens-p2604.aspx</a><br><br>
It's often out of stock (probably because it's so good). To me, it actually tastes better than real mac-n-cheese.</div>
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How much pasta does that cover? Hopefully a lot for $6.49.
 

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Definitely add some fat. It's a big part of (dairy) cheese.
 

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Yep, it tastes a LOT different when fat is added. I noticed this when doing some low fat versions and decided to leave the oil out. Big mistake. Definitely add fat.
 

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Keep trying, and don't use too much.<br>
Powdered nut. yeast is twice as strong as flaked, so if a recipe calls for flakes (I always assume) and you have powdered, use half the amount.<br>
Not all nut. yeast has B12- check labels. It also has an expiration which is why I buy the refridgerated containers that list content and date. They're Red Star brand.<br>
It can be an acquired taste. I only liked it on popcorn for about the first year, and slowly started incorporating it in sauces. I still don't like too much.<br>
I esp. like it with Braggs amino acids.<br>
I like sauces with raw cashews and nut. yeast best<br><br>
I don't remember what brewers yeast looks like, but it's nothing like nut. yeast.
 

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the first time i had mac-n-cheese with nutritional yeast it wasn't all that great but now i love it. it just took a while to get used to it.
 

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How much pasta does that cover? Hopefully a lot for $6.49.</div>
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I think it goes pretty far. I can get about 6 cups of cheese sauce from a bag (and I use nearly twice the recommended amount of powder to soy milk ratio). Therefore, it comes to a little over $1 per portion. I compare it to Amy's vegan mac-n-cheese, which is nearly $5 for one portion, and this stuff is a steal by comparison.
 
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