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Old 02-17-2012, 10:01 AM   #1
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New Product: Knorr Soup Stock

I am wondering if anyone has tried this stuff? It comes in little packets and looks like {on TV ads} savory jello. When I was at the market I looked at the list of ingredients, it appears to be flavored salt thickened with tapioca. Would anybody use this product in everyday cooking or "just in a pinch" cooking?

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Old 02-17-2012, 10:12 AM   #2
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I couldn't find a list of ingredients on the Knorr site but the Nutritional Information showed provided some detail. Too much salt and contains no cholesterol. How do you make chicken stock without cholesterol? All calories come from fat. No vitamins, minerals, proteins or carbs.

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Old 02-17-2012, 10:21 AM   #3
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Knorr products also have a distinctive taste about them that I dont care for.
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Old 02-17-2012, 10:23 AM   #4
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Bunch of chemicals, that's all
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Old 02-17-2012, 11:15 AM   #5
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When I saw the commercial I had three thoughts:

1. The product was more of a glace than a stock.
2. It's a way for Knorr to use it's bases to capture more of the retail market.
3. I was concerned about the salt level.

I notice, too, that Swanson is now promoting a similar product. And, of course, Savory Choice has offered a line of them for quite some time.
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Old 02-17-2012, 11:23 AM   #6
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I recently tried both the chicken and beef stocks and to me they have very little flavour or depth to them. I make all my own stock but occasionally have to resort to pre-made. I really wouldn't recommend these at all.
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Old 02-17-2012, 11:42 AM   #7
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As HF said, other manufacturers have been introducing similar products. I've seen them advertised on TV.

It appears to me that the manufacturers want us to think of these flavor packets as the equivalent of a can of stock. From their perspective it's cheaper to stamp out a packet than to fill and label a can, and it's cheaper to ship a box full of packets than a pallet full of cans. I've assumed that it boils down to them wanting to switch consumers to products that have higher profit margins.

Whether they're good or not I can't tell you because I haven't been sufficiently interested to try one. Also, I would be worried about artificial ingredients including flavor enhancers and synthetic flavors.

I'll stick to either home made or canned. I don't want the packets.
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Old 02-17-2012, 11:55 AM   #8
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Looks like they are as natural as I would expect from Knorr

I buy organic powdered stocks/bouillons at the health food store. I usually use homemade stock (it's nearly free) and use the powder stuff for emergencies.
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Old 02-17-2012, 12:02 PM   #9
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I've tried them. They're just barely okay, if you you're expectations are what they should be. Not intensely flavorful. And they are over-optimistic about how much stock they will make.

If you want to keep this sort of concentrated stock, try MoreThanGourmet. Their stocks are highly reduced actual stock. About the same size package. They also make demi-glaces that are equally genuine. And I keep their 1.5 ounce duck fat packets. Perfect for cooking for two, and duck fat is special. They also make 20X reduced veal stock, lamb stock, seafood, and venison stock that I haven't tried, but I would expect them to be good. And all their stuff is real reduced stock. I did not like their red wine sauce. Probably just a matter of personal taste, but I thought it too dark and heavy.

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Obviously, they're going to be more costly than Knorr, I buy off Amazon:
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For example, six pack of 1.5 ounce chicken stock reduction for $14.75. Sixteen ounce container Fond De Poulet Gold Chicken Stock for $22.92.
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Wow, Excellent web site! More than Gourmet rocks!

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