Homemade stock, broth, soup base (whatever you call that watery stuff that is the basis for so many recipes) is delicious and certainly healthy. But it takes time to make, and apparently I’m not the only one who often doesn’t have the time to make soup stock from scratch. I discovered several others like me this weekend while posting a whole slew of Show Your Plastic Trash Challenge tallies. A handful of people ended up with plastic-lined cans or plastic-coated tetrapaks of chicken or other broth in their weekly plastic waste collections. And after leaving the same advice three times in a row, I thought I ought to post it here.
My favorite store-bought broth is called Better Than Bouillon.
Better Than Bouillon is a concentrated paste that comes in a little glass jar with a metal lid. Of course, there is a plastic coating inside the lid (as there is inside all metal lids), and as I recall, there may have been a clear plastic security seal around the outside of the lid. But each jar makes 38 cups of broth, and since there’s no water in the jar, the packaging to product ratio is much lower than that of cans or boxes of pre-made broth. And the stuff is actually delicious.
Better Than Bouillon comes in both organic and non-organic versions, and flavors include vegetable, mushroom, chicken, beef, turkey, and more. And there are veggie “meat” versions, as well as low sodium. None of the bases contain MSG.
Another plastic-free option are the powdered broth mixes you can buy from the bulk bins at Whole Foods, health food stores, and coops. But honestly, I have yet to find one that tastes decent. In fact, Better Than Bouillon is so good that BlogHer’s own food blogger Kalyn, from Kalyn’s Kitchen, added it to her ongoing list of Kitchen Picks. She’s a food blogger, not necessarily an eco-blogger, so if she thinks it’s good, it’s good.
And the glass jar is a handy size for storing little bits of leftovers in the fridge after the soup base is all gone.
Nope. I’m not getting paid by Superior Quality Foods to promote their product. I just like it and think it’s a good alternative to buying cans and boxes of broth. Do you have other suggestions?