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Where to buy good chicken stock? [Millburn/Short Hills area]

johnlockedema Apr 22, 2010 03:53 PM

One thing I don't like to do is make stock. Any suggestions for store bought but high quality chicken stock?

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    LEOFONT Apr 27, 2010 06:31 PM

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    P.O. BOX 656, NEPTUNE, NJ

    1. goodhealthgourmet Apr 22, 2010 04:37 PM

      the only store-bought stocks or broths i'll use:
      - Imagine Organic Free Range Chicken Broth (i'm pretty sure TJ's house brand is a repackaging of this)
      - Pacific Foods Organic Free Range Chicken Broth
      - Kitchen Basics Chicken Stock

      you can find them at places like Whole Foods, Market Basket, Wegmans...pretty much any decent supermarket. and i think even Costco carries Pacific broth now. and if you're anywhere near Paramus, Chef Central sells small, sample-size tetra-paks of Kitchen Basics so you can try it before buying a big container.

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      1. re: goodhealthgourmet
        johnlockedema Apr 22, 2010 04:41 PM

        I guess I should have been more clear; what I'd like is a stock made in house, maybe at a gourmet shop or high end supermarket like Wegmans.

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          goodhealthgourmet Apr 22, 2010 04:45 PM

          ahh, sorry about that! well if you're anywhere near NYC, i know my mom buys a ton of the house-made chicken stock from Artie's Deli for her matzoh ball soup every Passover.

          and i'll bet if Fairway in Paramus makes it in-house, theirs would be terrific.

          1. re: goodhealthgourmet
            johnlockedema Apr 22, 2010 04:47 PM

            No, it was my mistake-I've searched all the food blogs to find out the best supermarket shelf stocks. I want to make cold asparagus soup when the local asparagus arrives.

            1. re: johnlockedema
              goodhealthgourmet Apr 22, 2010 05:59 PM

              well don't hate me for saying it, but if you're going to use that glorious seasonal asparagus, it really would be best with homemade stock ;)

              hopefully someone else will chime in with a good local recommendation. where in Jersey are you?

              1. re: goodhealthgourmet
                johnlockedema Apr 22, 2010 06:09 PM

                Millburn/Short Hills. I buy my local asparagus in Meyersville on the far side of Chatham on the edge of the Great Swamp. And how could I hate your comment, it's true-I'd rather buy someone elses homemade stock than make my own.

                1. re: johnlockedema
                  cmarie Apr 22, 2010 06:13 PM

                  Hi, where do you get the asparagus?
                  I was just at the great swamp greenhouses this morning looking at flowers.
                  i would definitely drive back to the area for it. Sorry I can't think of any place for chicken stock.

                  1. re: johnlockedema
                    goodhealthgourmet Apr 22, 2010 06:18 PM

                    hmmm...i know it's a bit of a schlep, but maybe try Garden of Eden in S. Orange?

                    1. re: goodhealthgourmet
                      johnlockedema Apr 22, 2010 07:17 PM

                      I don't know why this was moved from the NJ board-I'm looking for local places that sell instore chicken stock, not national supermarket shelf chicken stock.

                      I'll check Eden Gourmet in South Orange, it's a short drive.

                      The farm I buy is on Meyersville road, forget the name of the farm. If you're at the Great Swamp Greenhouse make a left out of the parking lot, then another left at the five points corner-it's a mile or so on the right.

                      1. re: johnlockedema
                        goodhealthgourmet Apr 22, 2010 08:33 PM

                        it was moved because the initial [erroneous] presumption was that you were looking for store-bought stock suggestions that could probably be found nationally - i put in a request to have the mods move it back.

                        re: Eden Gourmet, i hope they have something good for you. when i shopped at their NYC stores i always liked the various offerings they made in-house.

                        1. re: johnlockedema
                          cmarie Apr 23, 2010 10:24 PM

                          Thanks! can't wait to head over there. good luck with the chicken stock

                      2. re: johnlockedema
                        jrd303 Apr 27, 2010 07:32 PM

                        I'd call the nearest neighborhood restaurant that you know uses a quality stock. I've bought all kinds of sauces/ingredients from restaurants in the past. Most owners will be more than happy to sell you some if you explain your situation.

                        I once needed ginger and the supermarket was out. Out of desperation I went to my favorite local Chinese restaurant and asked kindly if they could sell me some. The owner happily cut me off a big piece and refused to take money for it. The ginger was exceptional, made me appreciate the quality of their ingredients, and they've been paid back in spades with my loyalty ever since.

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