Food Find: Better Than Bouillon

posted on January 19, 2009 at 5:56 am
Food Find: Better Than Bouillon
I’d like to pretend that I am one of those home cooks that makes everything from scratch and always has homemade stock on hand. Well, I don’t. Stock is one of those ingredients I always need, but have never been pleased with store-bought versions. They are normally bland or just taste processed. Well, Better Than Bouillon is the alternative I’ve been searching for. I’ve been using the chicken (both regular and organic) and it actually tastes like chicken. It doesn’t overwhelm risottos, but it is flavorful enough to use as a soup base if you are short on time. All you do is dissolve a spoonful of the paste in boiling water and simmer until incorporated. You can find it at Whole Foods and Your Dekalb Farmers’ Market. The company also makes other flavors, but I haven’t gotten past the chicken since I use it so often. Give it a try and let me know what you think. 
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  • Re: Food Find: Better Than Bouillon
    posted by: Dave Griffith · January 19, 2009  6:26 AM

    Yeah, this stuff is a great cheat. Either the beef or mushroom will really make a beef stew sing. Haven’t tried the chicken, yet.

  • Re: Food Find: Better Than Bouillon
    posted by: Jasonmolinari · January 19, 2009  7:03 AM

    They’re available at most publixs too.
    My problem with all these products is that they add salt..taking that control away from me.

  • Re: Food Find: Better Than Bouillon
    posted by: Philipe Snarck · January 19, 2009  11:05 AM

    YDFM has far and away the best selection of BthanB. They even have a vegan base that’s terrific. Great for making a sauce to put on your vegetarian “meat” loaf.

    Just to the left of these on the shelf at YDFM are some pre-made demiglaces (from a different company) of various types (beef, lamb, vegetarian, etc.) that I haven’t tried yet, but look really great from the labels I read.

  • Re: Food Find: Better Than Bouillon
    posted by: Kathleen · January 19, 2009  12:12 PM

    they have a ham hock (or something similar) version as well that I use for cooking green beans… delicious!

  • Re: Food Find: Better Than Bouillon
    posted by: Daniel · January 20, 2009  3:55 AM

    I’ve been using it for a while. Along with fish sauce (nam pla), it’s one of my essentials when stir-frying.

  • Re: Food Find: Better Than Bouillon
    posted by: Jonathan · January 20, 2009  8:11 AM

    Most brands of liquid soup stock are richer and less salty than even the BtB stuff.

  • Re: Food Find: Better Than Bouillon
    posted by: Bob · January 20, 2009  1:36 PM

    This isn’t bad, but versions sold by Penzeys and Minor’s (available online) are much less salty and more flavorful.

    Most brands (indeed, all that I’ve tasted) of “liquid soup stock” are much less rich than BtB and often have off-flavors. I do agree that salt is an issue with BtB (much less so with Penzeys or Minor’s).

  • Re: Food Find: Better Than Bouillon
    posted by: Chunkygirl · January 28, 2009  2:31 PM

    If you can find yourself a Food Lion (living in the mountains has SOME advantages) they seem to carry all the flavors. After seeing this I grabbed some I’m going to try with dry beans in the crockpot. Many thanks!

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