If you’re looking for a delicious addition to smoothies, popcorn, or even soups, nutritional yeast could be the answer to your search. However, one of greatest challenges to purchasing groceries is keeping them viable for as long as possible.
Storing your food properly can help preserve your foods. This includes your nutritional yeast. Because it often comes as in a powder or flake form, you may not think you need to store it any particular way, but storage is still important here.
In this post, we’ll be showing you how to store nutritional yeast flakes once opened, as well as how long you can keep the nutritional yeast and whether you can leave it out.
How to Store Nutritional Yeast Flakes Once Opened
Choose and purchase your nutritional yeast flakes.
The first step to storing your yeast flakes is simple: get some yeast flakes to store. You usually have two different forms to choose from: powder or flakes.
Whichever one you choose is up to you, but some recommend flakes because their flavor isn’t as pronounced and they have a superior texture.
After opening your yeast flakes, put them in a sealed, airtight container.
Your opened yeast needs to be kept in an airtight container. There are a few different storage options that fit the bill nicely: sealed plastic bags, Tupperware, jars, or glass pyrex containers.
Basically, as long as the container can be completely sealed, your yeast flakes can be stored in it.
Seal the container and keep it out of the light.
Once the yeast flakes have been poured into your container of choice, seal it up. It’s time to put it into storage.
So where should you keep it? Anywhere that’s dark will do just fine. You could keep it in a pantry, cabinet, cupboard, or closet, just to name a few examples.
How Long to Store Nutritional Yeast
Fortunately, after properly storing your yeast, you extend its shelf life for quite some time. In an airtight container and kept out of the light, you can safely keep it for up to two years.
Consider putting a date on the container. That way, you’ll know when it’s time to dispose of any leftovers based on the date on the container.
Can You Leave Nutritional Yeast Out?
Nutritional yeast should not be exposed to moisture or excessive light in between uses. For that reason, you really shouldn’t leave it sitting out for long.
If you want to protect all those healthy B vitamins inside it, you’ll want to seal it up and keep it in the dark.
The key to enjoying your pantry supplies for the longest amount of time is proper storage. In the case of nutritional yeast flakes, that means an airtight container and a dark storage area.
When stored correctly, you can expect a lifespan of up to two years from your yeast flakes. That should give you plenty of time to use up any remaining yeast.
Want to know where you can get your own nutritional yeast? We’ve written a guide to finding nutritional yeast in the grocery store here.