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store bought veggie broth recs?

Twice, I had to throw out soup because the veggie broths I used tasted strange, a bit hard to describe, a little metallic maybe? Not like real veggies? I know I could make my own broth, but I'm looking for quick and easy. Anyone use store bought veggie broths that are good? I tried Pacific Low Sodium Veggie Broth and Imagine Low Sodium Veggie Broth. When I use these to thin out pasta sauce (my family doesn't like thick sauce), there is no problem with flavor, probably because the tomatoes from the sauce are the shining stars. Not so in my soups. Thanks for any help or thoughts you might have and Happy Turkey Day to all.

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  1. I like Imagine's No-Chicken broth to use for Thanksgiving type dishes, because it has a less tomato-y taste than regular veggie broth. Not very low in sodium, though, so I remove all other salt from a recipe.

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    1. re: cathyeats

      I like this one, too, but use it carefully because of the sodium content. We're trying to cut back on our intake. I don't salt, either, when using No-Chicken broth.

    2. I like Kitchen Basics brand roasted vegetable stock... green box. It looks like they may only sell the "low-sodium" version of it now. This is the closest commercial vegetable broth to how my homemade stock tastes.

      Imagine's "no-chicken" as mentioned above is also not bad - I use it for applications that need a more chicken stock type flavor. I'm not a big fan of the Pacific brand. Some people seem to like Better than Boullion... I haven't tried it yet, but bought a jar in case of "stock emergencies". The organic & vegetarian ones don't seem to have as many flavor enhancers as the standard ones, though they do have yeast extract for an extra savory kick.

      I usually dilute most commercial stocks a bit.

      Making your own is the best. A bit labor intensive, so I reduce mine and freeze into ice cubes. I use the one from the yellow "Gourmet" cookbook, up online here:

      For Asian style recipes, I sometimes make a quick, light stock with kombu, and maybe some soybean or mung bean sprouts, carrots, and ginger.

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        1. re: sweetpotater

          +1 for Better than Bullion. They have a few vegetarian stocks, and I think at least one is organic.

        2. re: will47

          I second Kitchen Basics. Ironically, I think I can only find the full-sodium version in the veggie. I use all the flavors of this company's stock!! I think it's really terrific.

        3. Last year I made stuffing for a vegetarian guest; I used Pacific Organic Vegetable Broth and I thought it did a fine job. This year I used it as a base for turkey broth which turned out mighty fine. I'll use most of that to moisten cornbread stuffing tomorrow. I have started keeping this vegetable broth in my pantry as a staple. I tasted it a few days ago, straight from the box. I thought it had a light onion flavor.

          1. Swanson's, in the box not the can.

            1. If you have Pavilion's or Safeway nearby, I love their O Organics brand veggie broth. It tastes much heartier than anything else I've tried. I find Trader Joe's version to be watery and flavorless.

              I think I bought a Wolfgang Puck one once as well, and it was pretty flavorful.

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              1. re: Emme

                Haven't heard of Pavilion's. I've heard of Safeway, but I live in New England and there aren't any where I live, at least to my knowledge. Maybe I'll check out O Organics and Wolfgang Puck's broth on line.

              2. Thank you all for your replies and suggestions. I'll check out Better Than Bouillion (haven't heard of that one) as well as the Swanson broth in the box. I need to be careful about sodium, though, so if the broths are more than 500 mgs. for 1/2 cup, that will probably not work for me. Family is cutting back sodium intake. I know making my own broth is the best way to go, because I can control what goes into it, but some nights, I'm just looking for easy. Hope you all had a great T-Day!

                1. I've used a few and the one I like the best these days is

                  Imagine - Organic No Chicken Broth fat free no added MSG Low Sodium.

                  I find it doesn't have as strong a taste as for instance the pacific brand.
                  Someone mentioned less tomato taste which may be the key.
                  It's not overpowering.
                  I want to try Better the Bouillon some time soon..

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                  1. re: clarkJJ

                    This is a good boxed broth. I've been using it lately for lentil and squash soups. Couldn't get the low sodium when I posted originally, but now, the neighborhood Whole Foods carries it.

                    1. re: clarkJJ

                      I tried a couple of Better than Bouillon's products after seeing recommendations here, and to me, it had a, well, very bouillon cube kind of taste that was not to my liking at all.

                      1. re: clarkJJ

                        I actually really like imagine's mushroom broth:

                        The BTB no chicken is good in a pinch, but it is higher in sodium.
                        I've made veg stock in about a half hour and its still 10xs better than any bought ones (usually i give it 45 min to an hour)

                      2. I just bought Major vegetable base concentrate and have not tried it yet. I bought it from a very high end specialty food store so I assumed it was very good. It is an American company. Has anyone tried it? What do you think?