Post by applecrisp1 on Jan 5, 2019 19:12:42 GMT -5
I'm almost out of my Minor's Chicken Base (it is a chicken base that can be used to make soup/use in recipes, comes in a thick paste). I get the "Low Sodium Gluten Free Chicken Base - no-added MSG" and I've used this for years (thx to first learning about it on the old Cking Light board) and love the convenience. I don't have to lug cans or cartons home, the base takes up no space and you can just use what you need.
So, I could just reorder a container from soupbase.com.
But, I've heard many mention that they use Better than Bouilon chicken base-- for those that do, which one do you get? They have a couple of chicken versions.
Or do you have any other brands that you prefer? Any preferences?
I used to use it but quit when I went low carb, switching to canned. I may revisit now that I'm no longer doing low-carb. I used to get the stuff Costco sold...organic and don't think it was low sodium. I always worry that low sodium means more sugar or some other icky thing to compensate for flavor.
Thoreau said, 'A man is rich in proportion to the things he can leave alone.'
I’ve been using Penzey’s Chicken base for years, and I like it.
Last year I picked up a couple of boxes of Sam’s Choice Low-sodium chicken bone broth at WalMart and was surprised at how good the flavor was. I had to drink it plain, heated, when I had a bad cold last month and actually looked forward to it...
The low-sodium doesn’t say so on the label, but the ingredient list shows organic ingredients (chicken and veggies as well). Lots of others must like it, too, since I have to order it by the case online because there are never more than one or two boxes in the store (if that), even though I have 3 different locations to go to.
My favorite in terms of flavor, meltability, texture etc... is still Minor's but I do use others in a pinch and they are acceptable. I like Penzey's and Better than Bouillion low sodium chicken base (they sell this at Costco). Wallycat-our costco here does sell the low sodium variation which I prefer. I only worry about food items that are low fat because than they tend to be high in sugar to compensate. I think you are safe with low sodium not been laden with something else bad to compensate for the lack of salt, however. But never can hurt to check the label just to be sure.
For liquid broths, I love the kirkland broth in a box. T.J.'s also had a relatively new one that is very good. For supermarket picks, I like Swanson's natural goodness low sodium.
Timing here is ironic as I just made TONS of homemade stock this weekend for the freezer in my Instant Pot. I used 4 kirkland whole chickens. Butchered them and froze the breasts and thighs in packages; then used the legs, wings, and backs to make stock. Full freezer=happy cook!! Karen
Post by applecrisp1 on Jan 6, 2019 20:27:37 GMT -5
Thx everyone! I think I'm going to place another order for the MInor's (and I will give a plug, they have great customer service and always so nice at soupbase.com) since I know I like it and I'm going for the convenience too. I did check the better than bouillon website and it said the reduced sodium version went from 680 to 500 mg. This was a good bit higher than other low sodium brands I've used (I have no idea how the taste compares, I've tried some brands of chicken broth, whether low sodium or not, that I thought were terrible). I didn't check if there were other low sodium ones.
I wish I did, but I don't have access to any of the big box stores like Costco. I might have given the Penzeys a try but is a bit of a hassle to get the one near me --- and I don't need any incentive to place an order (since I could then see myself adding some Penzey favs to the order, and next thing I know I spent .....).
I used to typically buy the Swansons boxed or canned broth -- but for someone that has limited kitchen space I LOVE the convenience of just getting that 16 ounce tub of chicken base. Oh and no lugging home cans or boxes or dealing with leftovers. And that tub lasts me a long time!
Karen --- I bet nothing beats good homemade stock. I know you will put it to some great soup use. : )
I will keep the other ideas in mind if I'm in one of those stores....