Tag: chicken soup
Is it possible to love a product? Oh, I think so.
As a purist (hey, I make my own butter), I love making stock. However, I often don’t have time to do so, or I sometimes don’t have all the goodies I love to put into homemade stock. But, I still want the taste that comes with homemade stock. So, I have discovered a company that has done the work for me–Better than Bouillon (BtB).
I discovered this product on QVC. At the time, you received three jars of the paste and a cookbook. I don’t believe it’s available on QVC anymore, but most grocery stores seem to carry at least some of the flavors. And there are many flavors are available, including chili, beef, pork, ham, vegetable, clam, and my favorite, chicken. There are also organic and kosher varieties. If your store doesn’t carry BtB, it can be ordered online.
The paste easily dissolves in water, and the flavors are to die for. They really do taste and smell as though you’ve been cooking all day. Most are either low or no fat, and the sodium count is extremely low–no more eating a salt shaker with a little bit of flavor added. One word of caution, however. Start with an amount LESS than what is recommended on the label. The flavors are so intense that the suggested amounts can be a bit too strong. If you’re making something like soup, that’s easily remedied by adding more water, but it’s still best to start out on the cautious side. After all, it’s easier to add more than to remove excess.
As I mentioned, my favorite is the chicken base. One of my favorite weekend meals is Saturday Chicken Soup–with or without the noodles. With the intense flavor of the base, you really don’t even need the chicken, and more often than not, that’s how I prepare it. The recipe is in the Recipe section in the sidebar.
I happened to mention BtB on Plurk the other day. It seems to be a popular product for many of us who love to cook. It’s convenient, it’s tasty, and for me anyway, the results are much more reliable than when I make my own stock.