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Apr 22, 2010 03:53 PM

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

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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  1. 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

      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.

      1. re: johnlockedema

        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

          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

            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

              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

                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

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

                  1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                    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

                      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

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

                    2. re: johnlockedema

                      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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