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Old 01-20-2016, 03:47 PM   #1
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Better Than Bouillon - How Much To Use?

I picked up a jar of Chicken Better Than Bouillon, based on the comments in this forum. The Cooks Illustrated review of the product said it was salty and suggested using a reduced amount. However, they did not offer any suggestions as to how much. We don't use much salt, so I'm guessing using a half to two thirds of the recommended usage would be a good starting point. Wondering what others are using.

I don't make soup very often, but use purchased stock more to flavor rice or rice / meat / veggie dishes, making it a little more difficult to correct if needed.

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Old 01-20-2016, 04:05 PM   #2
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I use the reduced sodium chicken BTB. I throw in a T here and there.
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Old 01-20-2016, 04:11 PM   #3
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I never have measured it.

Just use it to taste.

Maybe start with half as much, taste, and add more as you see fit.
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Old 01-20-2016, 04:13 PM   #4
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If you're using it as a basis for soup, you will be adding other ingredients such as veggies and/or meats along with other seasonings. You may find that the salt in the BTB goes to season the other ingredients and ends up not being too much.

Start with the recommended amount and see what happens. I think it's one teaspoon per cup of water.

When I'm making soup with other broth, I sometimes add a spoonful of BTB to boost the flavor.
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Old 01-20-2016, 04:29 PM   #5
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Funny, I don't think it's salty, but I'm a salt lover. Salt and fat are two of natures great flavor enhancers.

BTB has a fraction of the salt found in other types.
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Old 01-20-2016, 04:40 PM   #6
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I love the salt, too, Kayelle. I usually lick the spoon after I get some out I don't measure, either.
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Old 01-21-2016, 08:59 AM   #7
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Follow the ratio on the jar.
Don't add any additional salt until the dish is finished cooking. Then adjust the seasoning if needed.
The people at 'BTB' have figured out the correct ratio. They wouldn't make a product that would be considered too salty for the average person. 'LOTS of market research goes into making a product like BTB.
I have a number of different BTB flavor bases.
Currently my favorite is th lobster base.
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Old 01-21-2016, 10:24 AM   #8
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I also don't measure. I have used bouillon granules often in the past just adding a teaspoonful to cooking stock or to the water for rice, and now I do the same with BTB. It just enhances the flavors, makes for richer gravies, etc. Never noticed that it was especially salty, but I'm careful with seasoning when I add something like that until I taste it.
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Old 01-21-2016, 10:29 AM   #9
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Make a cup of the BTB according to the directions on the jar, taste it. Then you will know what your ingredient tastes like. If it's too salty for you, use less. Personally, I think it's just right and I am on a reduced salt diet.
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Old 01-21-2016, 10:56 AM   #10
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Make a cup of the BTB according to the directions on the jar, taste it. Then you will know what your ingredient tastes like. If it's too salty for you, use less. Personally, I think it's just right and I am on a reduced salt diet.
Have you tried the lobster base?
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