I have a question about nutritional yeast. I have only ever bought it from the bulk bins at Whole Foods, and they use Red Star brand. I like the taste fine, but I can't seem to handle the smell. Sometimes it ruins the whole dish for me, unless I use it super sparingly. Is this characteristic of all nooch, like do other brands taste/smell different? Or is this just something I have to live with?
I've tried various brands and the smell/taste is the same across the board. Just use it sparingly. I do the same thing. I have a nooch threshold and it seems to be around 1/4 cup per recipe of four servings (so, usually no more than 1 tbsp. of nooch per serving of whatever).
I actually find that Red Star tends to be a bit stronger in taste and flavor than other brands... Maybe try a different brand and see if it works better for you?
As for nooch, I put it on garlic bread before baking, on popcorn with EVOO+dill+garlic salt, and in making mac and cheese sauce. And for sprinkling on everything, obviously.