“ Manufacturer: OXO / Type: Soup stock „
OXO Concentrated Liquid Stock......
I am a big user of OXO cubes for making gravy and for adding to my spag bol's etc. so when I saw this Liquid OXO Stock on offer for £1 in Morrison's a few months ago I decided to give it a try. It is usually nearly the £2 price region so probably slightly more costly than buying the cubes but I do think you get more out of the bottle than you would a box of cubes so value for money it probably works out far better. The bottle states that it is concentrated so a little certainly goes a long way.
There are several flavours of the liquid stock just like the normal cubes but I stuck with the old faithful beef and have been able to use it up in good time. The use by date of the product is not as long as when buying the dried cubes as mine only had a good 6 months on it. I managed to use it all up by the date but I would think it would be okay to use even once the dare has gone.
The packaging of the liquid is as you would expect from OXO as it has the recognisable logo on the from and the red label which indicates the beef flavour. The cap is an easy to use flip lid and there is a small hole underneath this that allows a good pouring action.
The dosage at first was hard to get the hang of and I do find it much easier to use a single cube to crumble as I am far more of a splash it in rather than a measure it out type gal! It does state that you would need to use 2 tablespoons to 500ml of boiling water to make stock and that you would need to add 1 to 2 tablespoons to flavour any savoury dishes, stir fries or soups.
I found that the 160ml bottle seemed to last forages where as I am fairly often buying stock cubes in my shopping. The taste of the liquid often seemed to give a stronger flavour than I was used to but again I think it was just my measurements and splashes that were the trouble. The flavour however is a good one and must like a standard OXO cube and less messier.
I would certainly buy this bottle of concentrated liquid again and even more so if it was on special offer as when I bought my first one. I do belive it is eaier to use, gives a good taste and works out better value for money. So another top product.
I do think a 5/5 star rating is well deserved and a high recommendation.
I do hope this was of some help/interest to you.
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
We are all familiar with the good old Oxo stock cube. Just crumble a couple into your stock to make the gravy for your sunday roast. Well now oxo have brought out a new product, a concentrated liquid stock and frankly, i'm impressed.
I'm only reviewing the 'Beef' stock here as I haven't tried the chicken or vegetable versions yet but i'll be sure to do so very soon. I believe a Lamb version is also on its way very soon. It comes in a 160ml glass bottle with a handy flip up plastic lid which is really easy to use.
It tastes great too. It's much more 'flavoursome' than the foil wrapped cubes and doesn't need much stirring to dissolve like marmite or bovril does. It is used in the same way you would use the cubes for example in spag bol or gravy. You can also brush a little neat liquid onto the outside of your roast before it goes into the oven and it makes an absolutely delicious crispy coating as well as boosing the flavour of your roast.
Now, onto cost. My liquid stock cost a few pennies over £2. This may seem a little expensive compared to the cubes which cost around £1.35 for 12 but I was very surprised when I worked it out. A box of 12 cubes will make around 2.3 litres when made up to their specifications. A 160ml bottle of liquid stock will make up to 5 litres. So the cubes cost around £0.59 per litre of stock and liquid only costs around £0.40 per litre of stock. A no brainer in my opinion - cheaper and tastes better!!
Upon doing my math, with regards to salt content, the liquid does contain 19% more salt per litre of stock made as directed, so that may be something worth considering if you have health issues such as heart conditions. Also relating to your health, the liquid states that it is 'produced in a factory handling peanuts, nuts and sesame seeds' and for allergy sufferers 'contains Barley, Wheat & Gluten'.
So to summarize, it does seem to be a toss up between cheaper cost and better taste versus a bit more of the 'naughty' ingredients. Life is a compromise though!