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Old 01-17-2012, 04:54 PM   #1
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Recommended chicken stock brand?

Just wondering if there is a brand of chicken stock that is generally considered better than others.

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Old 01-17-2012, 05:04 PM   #2
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I'm a fan of Swanson's. I did a side by side taste test vs. College Inn and SO and I both preferred Swanson's. I have also used Progresso (in a qt. box). It was OK.
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Old 01-17-2012, 05:05 PM   #3
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I have tried pre-made chicken broths, boullions, and soup bases, each claiming to have the best flavor. Of those I tried, College brand is one I like, though when you read the ingredients, it is not pure chicken broth, or stock. Better Than Boullion is the brand I currently use. It is a soup base and comes in chicken, turkey, ham, vegetable, and beef flavors. I find the chicken flavor is closest to home made of any I've tried. And no, I don't work for them. The beef flavor is very good too, but needs to be used carefully as it can quickly become overpowering. For beef flavoring, I prefer Washington's Deep Brown Sauce. It adds great flavor to beef gravies, sauces, and soups.

But by far, the best chicken flavor I have tasted is by boiling up a bunch of wings, and bones, to extract every bit of collagen, and nutrients from them, as well as flavor.

And if you brown the bones first, in the oven or under the broiler, it's even better.

And if you grill some bones along with boneless chicken, over charcoal of course, it's better still.

And if you raise your own free-range chickens, and let them eat bugs, worms, and native grains... Ahh, I'm just joking with the free range chickens. But it would be better.

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Old 01-17-2012, 05:13 PM   #4
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Just wondering if there is a brand of chicken stock that is generally considered better than others.
As an alternative, I also have on hand, Minor's Chicken and beef bases. They are very good.
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Old 01-17-2012, 05:28 PM   #5
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I'm a big fan of College Inn Bold.
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Old 01-17-2012, 05:28 PM   #6
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Swanson Low Sodium Chicken Broth is my favorite.
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I kind of thought this was going to happen. We all have slightly different expectations, as each of us is a little different. All of the brands listed taste good. You will just have to experiment a little, and choose what YOU like. Taste is realtive to yoru own taste buds.

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Old 01-17-2012, 05:48 PM   #8
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I like Swanson Low Sodium, Better than Boullion, and Kirkland (Costco brand) which has even lower sodium than Swanson's lo sod.
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Old 01-17-2012, 06:07 PM   #9
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I'm in the "homemade stock" camp. I just can't justify buying stock...not when I make stock almost every week.
I think everyone would agree homemade is the best. That wasn't Dan's question.
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I usually have some organic bouillon powder from the health food store on hand. I think things have gotten better, but I just couldn't stand all the weird stuff that was in regular bouillons and stocks, so I got out of the habit of looking at them.
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Old 01-17-2012, 06:32 PM   #11
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I won't buy anything but Swanson's. I've made it, but mine doesn't taste as good as Swanson's so I just don't bother anymore. Besides at 67 cents a can by the case at Costco, why would I ?
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That's my predicament. I've tried making stock a few times, and it's a pain in the butt, and doesn't taste as good as I think it should. Could be I'm just crappy at making it.
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That's my predicament. I've tried making stock a few times, and it's a pain in the butt, and doesn't taste as good as I think it should. Could be I'm just crappy at making it.
Don't worry Dan. Because others think they can make better than canned stock is just fine by me. Even if I wanted to make it, I wouldn't give up freezer space for it.
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Better Than Boullion is the brand I currently use. It is a soup base and comes in chicken, turkey, ham, vegetable, and beef flavors. I find the chicken flavor is closest to home made of any I've tried.

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Don't worry Dan. Because others think they can make better than canned stock is just fine by me. Even if I wanted to make it, I wouldn't give up freezer space for it.
A friend of mine cans her stock...I put mine in ice cube trays and then ziplock bags.
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When I buy stock it is either College Inn or Swansons.
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I think everyone would agree homemade is the best. That wasn't Dan's question.
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When I buy stock it is either College Inn or Swansons.
And I like Kitchen Basics stocks. When I cannot find it, I will go with College Inn or Swansons.
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And I like Kitchen Basics stocks. When I cannot find it, I will go with College Inn or Swansons.

Oh yeah, that one too...

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Making your own is better than any store bought brands and easy to do.
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