Dirty Little Secret
Promise to not tell anyone? I have a little secret.
Here goes. [Deep breath.]
Sometimes I don’t have homemade chicken stock readily available.
[Wait, there's more.]
Sometimes I don’t even have canned or boxed stock in my pantry.
I know, I know. Ludicrous. Hey, I never said I was Martha. Believe me, when it comes to using stock, homemade is always my first choice. Then boxed or canned. I actually like how Swanson’s tastes.
But there’s something else. It’s my little secret weapon.
I always, ALWAYS make sure I have this in my refrigerator:
I love Better than Bouillon. It’s the next best thing to homemade chicken stock. Add one teaspoon of this concentrated chicken base (made from real chicken, nothing fake) to one cup of water, and you’ve got a great broth, full of flavor.
I vaguely remember Nigella Lawson using this in her cooking, and if it works for Nigella, then it works for me.
Seriously though, I consider this a pantry staple. I keep the chicken and beef bases on hand, just in case I need it. I frequently need stock for recipes, and I often find that I don’t always need a whole can or box. I also like that I can control the flavor by the changing the proportion of base to water. Sometimes I’ll use just a teeny bit to boost flavor. It lasts for a long time in the fridge, and the ingredients are wholesome. It really is better than those cubes of crumbly bouillon that are often full of MSG. Blech.
It comes in handy when I’m making my Arroz Caldo and I don’t have time to make my own chicken stock or forgot to buy some at the store.
Do you have this lurking in your refrigerator, too? It’s okay if you do, it’s an excellent (in my opinion) product. I’d love to know.