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Trader Joe Wins! What's your opinion

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Chops is a trusted home cook.

asked almost 2 years ago
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added almost 2 years ago

I finally have a Trader Joe's nearby so will try their chicken broth.

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ChefJune

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added almost 2 years ago

I've never used Trader Joe's, because I question the sources of many of their products. and I no longer use Swanson's. My favorite back-up Chicken stock is the boxed product from More Than Gourmet. It really is like what you would make yourself. I know the folks at that company, and it truly is a quality product.

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Pegeen

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added almost 2 years ago

I second the More Than Gourmet products. They're wonderful. You can order online from their web site but I've seen their products in better gourmet food shops too.

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added almost 2 years ago

Not to hijack the thread, but the More than Gourmet products are new to me. Can you really do a 40-to-1 dilution that tastes like anything (their website suggests you can)?

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Greenstuff

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added almost 2 years ago

They have a variety of products with a variety of recommended dilutions. I hadn't noticed any 40:1 dilutions, but I believe all the 20:1 recommendations. The boxed chicken stock that ChefJune mentions is 1:1, and I think there are a lot of 4:1.

I've used mostly the denser ones. They keep forever, even after opening (refrigerate after opening). And besides their use at home, they make for some pretty special backpacking fare.

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Susan W

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added almost 2 years ago

I can't remember the last time I purchased stock or broth, but when I did, I preferred Swanson, but second choice was Trader Joes.

We now have two bone broth bars in Portland. I am so curious to try their different varieties. They have beef, chicken, pork and lamb. All organic from pastured animals. $4 for a mug and $18 for a qt to go.

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added almost 2 years ago

$18.00 a quart. Holy mackeral. You can make 10 quarts for that. Wish I had endless amounts of money!

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sexyLAMBCHOPx

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added almost 2 years ago

I try so hard to keep up with my supply of chicken stocks/broths but it goes so fast. My vegetable/beef & mushroom I don't use as much. I always try to have something in the pantry because otherwise I would be in a cooking dilemma for sure. I have better than bullion lower sodium I keep in the fridge for days like this when I have nothing homemade in reserve. I have TJ's 5 mins away so might stock up.

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added almost 2 years ago

Mea culpa, I've hooked up with "Better Than Bouillon". It's pretty evenly seasoned, and since it's a paste I don't need to further reduce my dish/sauce after adding it.

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sexyLAMBCHOPx

Chops is a trusted home cook.

added almost 2 years ago

Yep, we're on the same page.

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added almost 2 years ago

I also use lower sodium Better than Bouillon -- I didn't even know about it until I read the results of an ATK test kitchen test.

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ktr
added almost 2 years ago

I used better than bouillon for quite a while but recently switched to a powdered base by orrington farms. I feel like I waste less than with the paste (because some is always left on the spoon) and it doesn't need to be refrigerated.

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Kristen W.

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added almost 2 years ago

Keg72, is there a low-sodium version of Better Than Bouillon? I've never seen it in the stores I shop at.

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added almost 2 years ago

I didn't remember to look at my jar this morning before leaving the house, but I just went on the Better than Bouillon website, and it does show a reduced sodium version: http://www.betterthanbouillon.... There's a way to search for the product on that site, so you might want to check it out.

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added almost 2 years ago

I get the lower sodium at Costco here in Canada

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Kristen W.

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added almost 2 years ago

Thanks, I will check it out. I like BTB but have always found it to be too salty so this could be a good solution for when I'm out of the homemade stuff!

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SMSF

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added almost 2 years ago

I was just in our local Safeway this morning and at least here in No. California they carry the reduced sodium versions in several different varieties/flavors. Haven't tried the reduced sodium yet but I will once I use up my current "stock" of BTB!

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added almost 2 years ago

Terrific question, Lambchop. Feels like old times.

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added almost 2 years ago

I use BTB as well...their 'No Chicken Chicken' was great for making the Food52 Mushroom Gravy for the vegetarians (and omnivores) in my family. TJ's also has a chicken broth concentrate in packets (12 per box) which is so good I can eat it straight from the package...not salty at all. However, it's a seasonal product, available until about March, so I stock up (sorry, bad pun) now. Each packet makes about a cup.

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added almost 2 years ago

I really dislike Trader Joe's chicken broth. It's dark and cloudy. I always use College Inn (and water it down a bit).