“Better Than Bouillon” (concentrated broth paste)

15 Jan

Lately, I’ve been unable to find the vegan bouillon cubes I have been using rather than my homemade vegetable broth. Instead, I tried out this convenient gem: “Better Than Bouillon” (vegetable variety, organic).

This is an easy way to prepare broth (and it comes in all types, not just vegetable). It’s not 100% additive-free, but it’s pretty close and cheaper than buying cartons of organic broth/stock. It’s got a soy sauce base and thus is quite salty and dark in color, but cut out the salt in any recipe you use this with, and the resulting balance is usually delicious. It doesn’t beat out homemade broth, but when you’ve no time to make your own, it’s definitely better than MSG-packed normal bouillon cubes or the thinned-out canned stuff.

UPDATE: After using this concentrated paste in several recipes, I’ve deduced that you should probably double the amount of water per teaspoon that is called for on the jar. In other words, instead of adding 1 tsp. to 8 oz. boiling water, add 1 tsp. to 16 oz. boiling water. Or, 1 tbsp. to 6 cups boiling water. Otherwise, it can be too salty tasting.

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2 Responses to ““Better Than Bouillon” (concentrated broth paste)”

  1. eliperrin January 19, 2010 at 22:28 #

    I just started using this stuff! It’s amazing, and it’s saving me sooo much money since chicken broth is my secret ingredient for almost all my recipes.

    • pier4rk January 20, 2010 at 08:29 #

      Yeah, I spent the last year meticulously making my own broth, with leftover bones/carcases and trimmings from chopping onions, carrots, celery and parsley, which is very cheap but also extremely tedious. And, it fills up your freezer! This stuff is great. Have you tried the vegan bouillon cubes? They’re a lot like the paste, but not nearly as salty.

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