Kitchen quick tip

9 July 2020

Since you all were so generous with me and my handbag search earlier this week, I wanted to pass one of my best kitchen secrets back to you. File this in the same folder as the best way to reheat pizza or print Instagram photos – just one of those little life hacks that is not going to save the world, but might just rock your world a little bit.

Whenever a recipe calls for chicken stock, I mix up my own using this bouillon concentrate.

It’s right next to the boxed stock in my grocery store, and costs about the same – but this little puppy makes quart upon quart of stock for that price. Plus, it lasts for ages once open, whereas if I just need a half cup of stock for a recipe, the rest of the box will go south quickly in the fridge.

If you’ve never used it before, it’s so easy! I just measure the water I need in a liquid measuring cup, pop it in the microwave (or in a pan on the stove for a larger amount), heat it to boiling, then stir in the correct amount (1 tsp for every 8 ounces, I think). I’m not a particularly fancy cook, but I’ve never noticed any difference in taste between this and the readymade stock I used to buy. Homemade stock? That might be a different story, but I’ve not yet added that to my regular repertoire – hats off to those of you who have :)

Hats off also to Jenny Steffens Hobick, the lady who taught me about this jar of wonder many years ago. Cheers to all the little tricks that help us get dinner on the table with more ease and for less money!!

I’d love to hear: do you already have a jar of this in your fridge? Did you just add it to your shopping list? Do you, like me, remember your mom cooking with chicken bouillon concentrate “cubes” when you were younger? Somehow this seems slightly more legit :)

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July 9, 2020 8:09 am

Yes! This stuff is the best. I refuse to be without it. :)

July 9, 2020 8:57 am

I have this stuff in my pantry, but haven’t opened it yet! Glad to know it’s awesome. Can’t wait to try it.

July 9, 2020 9:37 am

What a great tip! Thank you! We go through quite a bit of chicken stock and it adds up. Definitely added this to my shopping list.

July 9, 2020 11:26 am

We have been making homemade stock for several years now. We store leftover bones, etc. in the freezer until ready to make. Right now we have beef, chicken, pork and shrimp broths in the fridge.

July 9, 2020 1:56 pm

Just added this to my pickup list! This is such a great tip. I HATE food waste and I am always wasting stock!

July 9, 2020 3:14 pm

Yes! I’ve been using this for years – I purchase a large jar from Costco and it does last a while. They also sell the vegetable and beef varieties that I’ve had success with too (chicken is still the favorite – extra yummy to add a glob to a pot of boiling rice!).

July 9, 2020 6:18 pm

Yes! I have it in my fridge. I second the comment who said to add a glob to rice on the stove. I also grew up with my mom cooking with bouillon cubes. I agree that this grossed me out much less. Cheers to awesome little kitchen hacks!

July 29, 2020 11:38 am

We LOVE this stuff! We add a tiny, tiny amount to our green beans for that extra bit of flavor and it’s so good.

courtney spencer
August 13, 2020 8:37 pm

I make chicken noodle soup with this all of the time!