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Feb 26, 2014 05:10 AM

Minor's Stock Bases

Does anybody in town sell Minors Soup/Stock bases retail? Last I was at Restaurant Depot they had a couple Empire brand (beef, chicken) that were pretty decent - much better than that "Better Than Boullion" crap that Costco now carries at HEB prices instead of Tones (previous to that was McCormick).

Minor's is the standard by which all other bases are judged, IMO. SO WTF do you get them?

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    1. re: Rene

      Which is why I don't get any food products from Amazon (that's a ridiculous price). I'm looking for a local source.

      I guess I'll just settle for the Empire's Royal chicken base or Knorr's Liquid Concentrate (Chicken) from Restaurant Depot. That's the next best thing, I've found.

      I do use the clam and lobster in the Better than Bouillon versions - easy enough to find. But their chicken is inferior.


    2. I have used both Minor's and Better Than Boullion and find them both good and acceptable. There is even another brand sold by Smart & Final that is pretty good, too.

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      1. re: Tripeler

        I have Better than Bouillon beef, chicken, ham, mushroom, and lobster pretty much all the time. I was curious, so I checked the ingredients on them all. The first ingredient in each of them was the meat, mushroom, or lobster. I especially like the lobster in shellfish dishes, and use the ham in beans and such.

        Comparing Minor's Beef Base to BTB:

        Ingredients: Roasted beef and concentrated beef stock, salt, hydrolyzed soy, wheat and corn proteins, monosodium glutamate, palm oil, sugar, caramel color, maltodextrin, natural flavors, less than 2% of corn oil, , potato starch, disodium inosinate/disodium guanylate, modified cornstarch, lactic acid.

        Roasted beef with concentrated beef stock, salt, hydrolyzed soy protein, sugar, corn syrup solids, flavoring, yeast extract, dried whey (milk), potato flour, caramel color, corn oil, xanthan gum.

      2. I used to sell bases for Sysco. What they taught us was to look for the meat as the first ingredient. The cheaper ones list salt as the first ingredient. Better Than Bouillon Organic from Costco is pretty good, IMHO.I think Minor's is more a food service brand that I don't see in retail often. If your local food service distributors have cash & carry stores perhaps you can get some there or ask a chef @ a restaurant you frequent to order or sell you some.