Why You Need To Try Yeast Extract


Why You Need To Try Yeast Extract

Yeasty might be one of the most hated words in the English language but our new yeast extract is one of the tastiest foods you’ll ever try. Unlike nutritional yeast which is a cheesy tasting sprinkle, this extract is more akin to a stock or broth. It comes in beefy or bacony flavour and is far superior to your standard supermarket stocks. In addition to being delicious, it’s cheaper and full of nutritional benefits. Keen to know more? Read below to find out all about yeast extract and why it needs to be a staple in your kitchen.

What Is It?

This product contains only one ingredient; yeast extract. Officially, yeast is a fungus and can be used in many types of recipes. Not only is it plant based but it’s also high in protein. Virtually anyone can eat it regardless of their dietary requirements. NZProtein yeast extract resembles small brown granules and looks quite similar to an OXO cube from your local supermarket. We absolutely love it but don’t just take our word for it. The reviews so far describe our yeast extract as “really tasty” and “possibly the best flavour enhancer I have ever had”.

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Yeast extract comes from a plant which means it is 100% vegan. It packs in a decent amount of protein and contains all nine of the essential amino acids that your body needs to function well. With 48.1g of protein per 100g, you will struggle to find a plant based option as macro friendly as this one. Half a teaspoon of this meaty tasting goodness will set you back a mere five calories. For those wanting more low calorie ingredients to add to their arsenal, this extract is perfect for you. As well as protein, it also contains vitamins, minerals and fibre. Another benefit is that you can buy a whopping 100g of yeast extract for only $13. This will last you a very long time making it great value for money. On the whole, there are few downsides to yeast extract. Its primary shortcoming is that not enough people know about it.

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Better Than Regular Supermarket Stock

Supermarket stocks might be easily accessible but they are also overpriced and contain unnecessary added extras. If you read the ingredients on your average store bought stock you will likely see acidity regulators, flavour enhancers, oils and sugar. These extras aren’t needed and you’re better off without them. Why bother filling your body with sugar and preservatives when there are alternatives? Our NZProtein yeast extract contains a single ingredient and will only cost you 24 cents per serve. This is around four cents cheaper than your average supermarket option and is far better for you nutrition wise. If you are money minded, you’ll be better off choosing yeast extract. Better for the belly and better for the bank account.

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What Should I Use It In?

When it comes to yeast extract, a little goes a long way. This is why it is such a great product. It will last a long time in your pantry even if you use it daily. Always start with the sniff test first to gauge how much flavour you want. A mere 2g serving is enough to pack a punch. We recommend adding half a teaspoon to a cup of water but you can adjust that amount depending on your personal preferences. Once you’ve made your liquid stock, you could add it to a stir fry, soup or noodle dish. Alternatively you could sprinkle it over salads or mix it with condiments for a meaty tasting dip. Try stirring it into some mayo for a yummy baconnaise or use the beefy flavour to pump up your mince. We encourage you to get creative and hope to see your recipes on social media.

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Say goodbye to supermarket stocks and say hello to NZProtein yeast extract. This product might be quite niche at the moment but you’ll be seeing it featured on Masterchef in no time. Yeast extract is the easiest way to turn your meal from bland to hearty. Unfortunately it's hard to find products that are both tasty and nutritious but this is one of the rare few. Give it a try for yourself and let us know what you think.