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Jun 28, 2013 10:21 AM

Recommendations for chicken stock in cans or cartons?

Hello -- I know that homemade chicken stock is best, but there are times I need a splash of stock and don't have homemade on hand. Are there brands of shelf-stable stock that people recommend? I don't like the taste of Swanson's, which for reasons I can't understand seems to get high marks.


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  1. I use Pacific or Kirkland Organic in cartons. I don't like cans, seem to give an after taste.

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    1. re: treb

      +1 with the Kirkland Organic. It's easy to transport the 6-pack and to always have on hand. It tastes as good as any I've had also.

      1. re: shoo bee doo

        Another vote for Kirkland. I'm totally impressed with the quality, flavour and price. Excellent value for money IMO.

    2. Deborah

      I always favor the organic Imagine brand No Chicken Broth. It's vegetarian. They have a long list of soups and broths. Here's a link.

      If you only need a splash sometimes, and won't have a use for more in the near future, pour the leftovers into ice cube trays and freeze. Pop them out when frozen, put in a freezer zip bag, and you can grab one or two when you need them.

      Alternatively, I usually have a jar of Better Than Bouillon base in the fridge. It lasts a very long time. And if you just need a splash of broth, a teaspoon of this stuff might do the trick for you. It's high in sodium (although I think they might have some low sodium ones as well), so don't salt too much before you add the paste. Dissolve a little in some water if you're deglazing.

      1. I like the More than Gourmet Roasted Chicken Stock. It comes as a concentrate that you add water to. I freeze in an ice cube tray, so it's handy when I need a small amount for a sauce.

        1. I know it isn't really responsive, but when I make stock it goes into a variety of freezer containers of different sizes. I also use Better than Bouillon when the dish can handle the saltiness.

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            1. re: tim irvine

              FYI....Costco stocks BTB in a low sodium version. A truly great improvement.

              1. re: fldhkybnva

                I do too, and I like that Kitchen Basics makes sodium free and small cartons that hold just a cup are available.

                1. re: Candy

                  +2 for Kitchen Basics. If I have leftovers of it, just pour into ice cube trays, freeze, dump the cubes in a freezer bag, and use, as needed.