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OXO cubes - What other choice is out there?

Hello Chowhounders,
I am interested to know if any of you have found an option to the humble stock cube. I don't always have time to make my own stock and hate the super salty cubes, but there seems no alternative?
Can any of you help?

Thank you!

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  1. you can buy fresh stock at most supermarkets. bouillon powder is another easily available option.

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    1. re: abby d

      Depends what it's for (and I think you are in danger of being moved to the home cooking board), but if I have no stock, I will use just water, and then add some soy sauce if it needs some extra umami. It's salty - but has less salt than what you would get if you achieved the same levels of saltiness using salt, if you get my drift - but if you don't season what ever it is you are making until the end, you can just use the (light) soy sauce. It's particularly good for gravies if the meat juices you have are not enough to produce enough gravy for the number of people.

      For casseroles, I sometimes use Worcestershire sauce - really good for a bit of depth and pzazz, especially in a sausage casserole.

      Also, Knorr do produce stock cubes which are way superior to Oxo, as a last resort.

      1. re: Theresa

        i sometimes use marmite or bovril in the same way as worcs or soy.

    2. With the usual caveats about making my own where possible, I fall back on Knorr "Touch of Taste" - a concentrated liquid stock in a small bottle. I think it works pretty well for punching-up a dish, but I wouldn't use it for anything where you're expecting the stock flavour to be the leading note - for that i'd try home-made or splash out on one of those waitrose bags of (unconcentrated) liquid stock.

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      1. re: lacemaker

        As above - I try to use my own where possible (and have a freezer full of stock) but my back option is those little Knorr gel pots.

      2. I also like the small Knorr gel pots, but I find them very salty and tend not to use the entire pot. The salt-free Marigold stock powder is also something I use a lot - healthy and simple to do if I have none of my own stock around.

        1. Thank you all for your replies. I will hunt out your Touch of Taste or the ones from the supermarket as my back up.

          1. The best concentrated stock I've found is the M&S one which comes in a small jar. The chicken one is great, but I have all of them (vegetable and beef). I also use Marigold vegetable bouillon a lot as well.

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            1. re: greedygirl

              Second this - I use the chicken and the beef ones all the time. More convenient if you just want a small quantity of stock, and while I do tend to keep homemade chicken stock in the freezer, I never have enough beef bones to make real stock. The M&S concentrates have a really good, homemade flavour, keep for ages, and are great value.

              1. re: greedygirl

                i tried these m&s concentrates and was disappointed esp with the beef one. they both tasted quite artificial to me.