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Jul 26, 2009 08:48 AM

Superior Touch Better than Bouillon

The beef, chicken, and vegetable base versions are readily available in supermarket soup aisles, and I once found clam base and low-sodium chicken base - but not any more. I make a lot of soup so, wanting to find more of the latter, I looked at their website, They do sell online, and I noticed several other flavors, including lobster, mushroom, ham, and organic and vegan versions of the basic three. Has anyone used any of these?

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  1. The ham is great for split pea soup. Other than that all I've used are the basic three, but the mushroom sounds interesting. I'm sure it's great for risotto.

    1. Costco sells the low sodium, organic chix base as well as low sod. organic beef base. i always stock up on it in case they discontinue it!! adam

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      1. re: adamshoe

        Thanks, adam! I have to make a Costco run this week; hope my store carries it. I wish that, like BJ's, they labeled their aisles. I realize that unlabeled aisles forces people to browse - and therefore, likely buy more - but those of us with mobility problems can't handle doing much wandering, so we miss out on some good stuff. I'll let you know how much being forced to search winds up costing me in extra items ;-D!

        1. re: greygarious

          A few years ago I had a knee problem for several months that caused excrutiating pain until they finally figured ou the problem. But I never missed a Costco adventure. I'd limp onto one of those scooters and off I'd go :) And I thought it was a Costco rule that you HAVE to go up and down every aisle - well, maybe not offfice supplies :)

          I'm going to check their website. These different flavors sound so great. Could really expand my repertoire. Thank, gg.

          1. re: c oliver

            My local costco stocks the beef, chix & veg base. I've not seen the other varieties (san Leandro, CA). They are all the low sodium and organic versions. Don't know if they carry the full-salt type, though. adam

            1. re: adamshoe

              I'll check out the Reno Costco next time I'm there. Some of those other flavors are intriguing though, aren' they?

        2. re: adamshoe

          Uh-oh, Adam, looks like you didn't knock wood before you clicked "Post My Reply" .....I put off Costco as long as I could in this hot weather, but went today (Nashua NH store). No BTB of any sort, just McCormick chicken or beef in larger white plastic containers. Don't know if this is a regional or national thing and was too hot and pooped to stand on line at the service desk to ask.

          1. re: greygarious

            I live in CT, But am in northern Mass/Salem, NH three days a week and do my shopping at Market Basket. The branch in Tewkbury (Stadium Plaza) stocks SEVEN varieties of BTB including lobster, clam and mushroom. They also area about $1 less per jar than I pay in CT for the chichken and beef.
            My wife uses these all the time in her cooking and they are on my monthly stock up list.

            I know Market Basket is in Southern NH, too.

            1. re: bagelman01

              Thanks, bagelman - Stadium Plaza is about 2 miles away! I'll look for the low-sodium next time I'm over there. Don't think there's more than beef, chix, and sometimes veg and clam in Wilmington and Billerica, my usual MB locations but yesterday I was in Nashua and because so many Hounds rave over the MB on DWH I went there (got the BTB lobster base on impulse). Big store, way better produce and seafood counter than the MBs near me (whole butterfish, fish heads,,,,).

              1. re: greygarious

                We really like the MB in stadium Plaza. With MB headquarters in Tewksbury, they really pay attention to the store.

                Yesterday I bought the week's groceries before returning to CT. my wife checked it against our local Stop and Shop, and on name brand items I saved 38%.
                They have a great fresh fish dept, deli and prepared foods and in store bakery at that location.

        3. My wife uses all of these. We live in Fairfield Cty, CT and most stores only stock chicken, beef and vvegetable at appox $549. I am in Northern Mass. every week and do much of our marketing at Market Basket and they stock all the varieties. Everyday price $4.29 sale about evry 6 weeks $3.99

          These are great when added into 'homemade' soup, BUT you must adjust other seasonings for the high salt content.

          1. I have been a fan of Redi-base stocks for years (at They have an online store and have expanded to spices, dessert fillings and much more. Most are sold in restaurant pack sizes but there are a number of more reasonable sizes for the home user. Nice gift packages, too.

            1. I just put some better than chicken in my pork bean soup then I read that the date on the jar is 2012, 10-27! I wasn't paying attention :(. so does that mean that my soup is garbage now?

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              1. re: Mlandsburg

                No, there are so many preservatives in it that it lasts forever.

                1. re: bagelman01

                  There aren't any preservatives on the ingredients list (aside from salt):

                  "Chicken Meat including Natural Chicken Juices, Salt, Sugar, Corn Syrup Solids, Chicken Fat, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Dried Whey (Milk), Flavoring, Disodium Inosinate and Guanylate, Turmeric. Contains: Soybean, Milk."

                  1. re: ferret

                    With salt the number 3 ingredient and Disodium Inosinate used as a flavor enhancer that's plenty of preservative.

                    1. re: bagelman01

                      What you wrote was "so many preservatives," which is clearly not the case. And the disodium inosinate is not a preservative.

                      1. re: ferret

                        perhaps I should have put is as so MUCH preservative, and while a flavor enhancer the chemical is also a salt

                2. re: Mlandsburg

                  I never pay attention to the dates. It was only an issue once, when I opened a new-but-outdated jar and noticed mold on the surface of the base. But I then realized the lid didn't have a plastic seal/band and had probably been opened at some point (not by me). Once I open a jar I keep it in the freezer. The label says to refrigerate after opening but since it can take me a year or more to finish a less-often-used variety, I'm being careful (for me).

                  1. re: greygarious

                    Does it freeze solid, greygarious, or does it remain soft enough that you can scoop out what you need?

                    I've recently fallen in love with the BtB mushroom base, as well as the vegetable, and have open jars of each in the fridge.