For as long as I can remember, my mum always had a pack of OXO stock cubes in her kitchen cupboard and I was always intrigued by these little silver squares of herbs, what did they do? I think it must have been the popularity of the television adverts but in the 80's, everybody seemed to have them and use them.
So, it went without saying that when I moved out and got a kitchen of my own that I would buy these to recreate the lovely recipes that my mum made with them.
OXO have a very long and distinguished history. According to an article on their website, way back in the 19th century, "
Professor Liebig invented an extract of beef to make the goodness of meat affordable to the poor. Many doctors saw it as an aid to health and strength and it received praise from Florence Nightingale." In 1900 the name OXO was created and in 1910 the first OXO cubes went into production making the product more accessible and desirable."
So, as you can see, this little cubes of goodness have been around for well over 100 years and are still as popular as ever. So, what exactly is an OXO cube. Well, they are described as, "Individually foil wrapped cubes that dissolve easily to make delicious stock or crumble directly into your cooking to make your family favourites even tastier."
You can get these in different flavours such as chicken but I much prefer the beef ones as I make a lot of dinners with gravy or meat sauce and really like to flavour them with these cubes. They give my dishes such an intense deep flavour and if for any reason I don't use one I find the dinners are quite bland and no wholesome like they are with. This one is described as, "a rich, roasted beef stock cube with just the right amount of seasoning to give any meat dish the OXO flavouring."
The stocks cubes are really easy to use which is why I think they are still as popular today because really it takes no effort to just pop one in your dish. They come wrapped in foil for freshness and then all you do is unwrap this foil and crumble the stock cube into some boiling water or crumble directly into your dish, its as easy as that.
The beef cubes come in a red package which is handy as you always know which one it is on the shelf. You can get these in packs of 6, 12, 18, 24 and are something every kitchen cupboard should have.
Oxo is a very traditional product, it has been sold now for decades, and generations have kept it in their kitchen cupboard as a cooking staple. there are many imitations on the market, mostly supermarket own brands, but I believe that for richness and depth of flavour, oxo is still the best and worth paying a little more for.
It is bascally a small cube of intense beef flavour, which when added to stews, sauces, gravy etc add a richness of flavour and colour that really finishes off your cooking.
Oxo cubes come in a variety of packet sizes ranging from 8 cubes to 24 cubes, and have a very long shelf life, as the date given is best before, rather that eat by. The cubes inside the packet are always the same size, you just choose how many you want.
Each cube is individually wrapped in silver foil to keep fresh, and one cube normally has enough flavour for a meal. It is best to crumble the cube in you fingers as you add it to your meal, or some people like to dissolve it in boiling water first, but again it is best to crumble it first, otherwise it can take longer to melt, and the flavour will not be evenly distibruted.
I have noticed that the latest cubes, although they look the same before you unwrap them, are formed in the shape of a small X (for oxo) which is really rather cute, though in actuality you are getting a little less cube for your money.
~*~*~ OXO Beef Cubes ~*~*~
~ What are they? ~
Oxo cubes are flavoursome little cubes which can be sprinkled into food and are great for adding flavour and colour to home made gravy.
Oxo cubes have been around for years, I remember my nan always having some in the cupboard but she did and still does only ever use them for gravy & broths.
If you want more info on how long they have been around and their history I would advise you to check online, there's lots to be found here at - www.oxo.co.uk/oxos-history.
~ Why I buy them ~
When I first moved into my own home I obviously needed to get the staple food items into the cupboard and so therefore did a big weekly shop and in my cupboard filling haze bought some Oxo cubes as they were something my parents and grandparents always have in their cupboards.
I have to be honest and say I had very little knowledge of what they actually were or even were used for but they were something I remembered seeing so bought them. I did know they were used in gravy making as I had seen it being done a million times but at that point in time, make a roast dinner with gravy wasn't on my agenda! I never imagined that I could make a roast! How times change!
So from buying them simply to fill the cupboards these are now something I use on a regular basis.
~ Using them ~
I use these quite often. I do a lot of home cooking rather than relying on ready meals (although sometimes we do!) so to help food not be bland there are times where additional items need to be added.
When making spaghetti bolognaise for example I will crumble an Oxo cube into the mince whilst it is browning, the same for shepherds pie, this makes the meal taste than bit more meatier and to me, gives it more substance.
When making gravy I crumble two cubes into the juice/water/flour mix and whisk away, resulting in rather tasty home made gravy.
In a broth I will crumble in two cubes and then let it cook.
I have even made home made crisps and sprinkled on crushed up Oxo cube as a beefy flavouring, I loved those, very morish indeed!
They come packaged in a little red cube box, all tightly crammed together, each cube is wrapped in it's own little foil packed and has the red OXO lettering printed on it.
To use them I tend to squish the cube, that has recently been changed into a slight x shape, then pull out the edges of the foil packet gently to make a crisp packet shape and then gently squeeze it with my fingers a bit more so that it's all a big crumbley mess in the packet, this can then just be poured into whatever dish requires it.
~ The taste ~
I find that when cooking mince alone it hasn't got a full meaty flavour but by adding an oxo cube it seems to give it more depth and more taste.
They do add a great beefy taste to a dish and that is why I use them.
You can get them in the chicken and vegetable flavours too.
~ Overall ~
I will continue to buy and use these as I find they do add the flavour where necessary. I have no complaints about them at all.
They are easy to use and readily available in most shops. They are also quite cheap too.
Thanks for reading :o) x
Oxo. Ah! the very name conjours up pictures in the mind. The grand, Edwardian grocery emporium; nipping out to the corner shop in the 1930's to buy, just one. The sublime anticipation of Mom's Sunday dinner, or the famous series of T.V. adverts. Oxo is an iconic brand with which most of us in the U.K. have grown up.
To some however, Oxo cubes can seem a bit old hat. With today's instant gravy and sauce mixes, the loving alchemy required to bring together meat juices and stock can appear rather superfluous, however tasty the result. So - what's the appeal of Oxo today? Well, for one thing, the ubiquitous cube gives appetizing enhancement to any soup, tinned or homemade. And, to really make that roast chicken a mouth-watering delight; try crumbling a beef Oxo cube over the skin, prior to cooking.
Oxo can also help in cutting down saturated fat intake. Ever thought of making a Shepherd's/Cottage Pie with turkey mince instead of lamb or beef? Turkey mince is an altogether healthier, low-fat meat, and the inclusion of a beef Oxo cube flavours it to the extent that many people would not be able to tell the difference. Try it!
Not forgetting of course, that you can always make a savoury hot drink with an Oxo cube. One cube, dissolved in a mug of hot water will ward off the effects of the chilliest winter evening. Add a crust of homemade bread - 'tis the very food of the gods!
For stock, I have always and still use Oxo stock cubes to add flavour to my cooking.
Such a versatile ingredient to use in many dishes, including traditional stews and casseroles, curries and of course good old fashioned gravy.
I use mainly beef stock cubes, even if it is to flavour dishes which may contain other meat products. I try to buy as many as I can as I go through quite a few stock cubes over a period of time.
I think it is great that the Oxo cubes come in a literally cube form and I enjoy the experience of crumbling the cubes with my fingers into the food. On the negative side, I am a little disappointed that Oxo have decided to etch an 'X' into the cube which in my mind increases Oxo's profits as they have actually taken a bit of the cube away, which means less stock per cube.
A very handy and versatile food product and of course anybody can use this stock cube to implement in their own recipes.
Oxo cubes are one of those food stuffs that many of us use on a near daily basis and yet they have become so part of the national diet that we don't even notice anymore what these little cubes contribute to our everyday meals. I have to say I love them because they enhance the flavour of the meal without overpowering the natural flavourings of the food on the plate. I predominantly use the beef Oxo cubes and the chicken Oxo cubes.....but as this review is just about the beef cube I will stick with that one!
These cubes are, unsurprisingly(!), cube shaped and are covered in silver foil to keep them fresh and dry until they are to be used. They come stored either in a little cardboard box or in a larger tin so that the cubes can be kept neatly together and in one place. Having said that, I tend to use one of my old Oxo metal tins to keep all of my Oxo cubes in, regardless of flavour - and as the flavouring is identified on the foil also, this isn't a problem.
I use the beef Oxo cubes in a number of ways. I use it to make a base for gravy by adding a couple of crumbled cubes to water and then mixing this with the juice from the meat. It makes delicious gravy when used with the meat juices - and its so easy and quick - and doesn't really need the addition of any cornflour or anything like that. If I am making any dish with minced beef then I tend to crumble it directly into the mince because it makes the meat taste meatier and enhances the flavouring. The cubes are also good to crumble into savoury meat sauces....again to enhance the flavour and also to thicken the sauce up. It works really well in all of these ways. I know that some people have said they make this into a drink, but frankly I think that sounds pretty disgusting and its not something I would recommend!
The Oxo cubes have a long shelf life and can last for a number of years if kept wrapped up in their foil and in a cool and dry place. They are inexpensive with 12 beef Oxo cubes costing just 98p from Tescos - which equates to just 8p per cube - which is a bargain in my opinion. I recommend these as an necessary addition to any and every kitchen cupboard.
I buy a lot of Oxo cubes because I love the taste of the extra flavouring in my meat dishes and sometimes like to add a few of these to enhance the flavour a little bit more, they are so easy to use and a quick addition for when I need to use them.
They cost very little for the amount in a box, they come in different sized boxes and so if you are short of funds one month or week then a small box of 6 can set you back as little as only around 50p. They come in boxes of 12 and now a larger box of 18, prices being around 80p for the 12 and £1.20 for 18. So very good prices I think and so it is wise to buy the bigger boxes and save a few pennies.
They are individually wrapped in a shiny silver foil with the name on it, the box is bright red with Oxo on the front so very easy to spot on shelves. The cube measures about 1 inch square, they are solid but not too hard. They are also dark brown in colour. They smell lovely and they smell kind of like a spice. They are very easy to crumble into food and they just leave a little on the fingers which can just be easily washed from the hands.
They add an extra Beef flavour to meat and I like to add 2 cubes to the water when I do a roast dinner. It gives the meat a really good taste when I have cooked the meat in the stock of the cubes. The cubes dissolve in no time at all and when the meat is cooked the juices and the cubes are then ready to make the gravy for the dinner. I sometimes crumble one cube in tomatoes for when I am having a cooked breakfast as it give the tomatoes a little extra taste and enhances it just how I like it to taste.
These are fabulous in casseroles as they give the extra taste too, I also like to use them for shepherds pies and I just crumble a couple into the mince to give it an extra beefy taste and the mince tastes delicious with the potato topping. They are ideal for any meat dishes you like to make. I think every household should have these in their cupboards because they are very good quality and really good value for money. I highly recommend them and for the price I just think they are a super addition to any meal dish.
I rate them 5 stars.
I buy these stock cubes when they are on offer, typically 2 boxes of 18 cubes for £2. They are a real bargain which can make a difference to many meals.
The basic stock is used by putting 3 cubes in a pint of water this can used in soups casseroles etc. I also use them on top of lamb chops before grilling to give a bit of extra flavour. I use one when boiling rice instead of just boiling water, it's a cheap way of transforming plain rice. A great idea is to crumble one on top of cut up vegetables, expecially potatoes, along with olive oil before roasting them to give a crunchy tasty topping.
The cubes last for ages without going out of date so you can stock up.
The only downside is that I find these stock cubes far more salty then other ones but the others don't have the same, nice, beefy flavour. One way of reducing the salty taste is to use a bit less stock so instead of three to make a pint of stock use 2 or 2 1/2.
This is a brand with a pedigree and considerable longevity - a household name with a very high rate of awareness amongst the public.
It's a product we invariably have in the cupboard (after all, it doesn't take up much space!) - but it's by no means a must have - it's categorised as a mere convenience.
You can get this product in beef, chicken or vegetable variants. We have the beef ones, whch are the subject of this review They take the form of compressed cubes of dried stock and are typically packed in 6s and 12s, each cube individually wrapped in sealed foil.
I will occasionally crumble a couple of cubes to go into a soup or a casserole to add a bit of flavour and on that infrequent level of usage, one pack can last for ages.
One important thing to remember is storage conditions. The cube should be kept dry so that they readily crumble fully into dust between thumb and forefinger. If any dampness is evident then you will have a sticky rubbery lump of goo that is difficult to work with and impossible to readily crumble.
They do make reasonable stock, but in order to even get a passable apology for real meat stock, you need to make sure that you use plenty. If you use them for making gravy, you will need to add a thickening agent.
The recommended is 1 cube per 190ml of water but when I use them I tend to use 2 for 250ml and even then it is a very runny and thin stock.
They are very salty, but are OK to use if fresh stock is not available. Real stock keeps for a few days in the fridge so if you only have proper meat once a week, careful meal planning should ensure that you shouldn't need to use stock cubes that often. We have vegetables most days so we seldom use the Vegetable stock cubes.
You can get some recipe ideas for OXO stock cubes via the greatlittleideas.com website.
I'm going to give these a 3 - just a 2 for taste averaged out with a 4 for convenience.
These oxo cubes are an essential home cooking item! They can be used for so many different meals, it is so handy to keep a box of these in your cupboard. I buy these in bulk as we use so many of them. I buy them when on offer in asda 2 boxes of 24 for £2! A small box if you wanted to try these is only 63p for 6 cubes.
These oxo cubes are all individually wrapped in foil, and to open them, i unfold all the corners, and crumble it up before opening, then you can just rip one corner off and pour it out. I find if i take the cube out whole and try and crumble it into my food it can go everywhere and it sticks to your fingers!
To make a beef stock with these cubes all you do is crumble one cube into 190ml of boiling water and stir it to dissolve. These stock cubes dissolve very easily and you never get any problems with lumps.
These oxo cubes can be added to soups, casseroles, corned beef hash, chilli, spaghetti bolognase.
Some people like these oxo cubes as a drink. Although i have never tried it myself, i dont think i would like it, but others say it is a very nice, tasty drink. You just add one oxo cube to a mug of boiling water and its ready to drink.
There are only 10 calories per 100ml of stock you make, so they arent bad for you!
They come in a very small compact box, which is red and on the top they have handy tips and ideas on what to use these oxo cubes for. My box says to brush steak or burgers with a crumbled beef oxo cube mixed with Gales squeezy honey and tomato puree before grilling or BBQing. This sounds quite different, something you wouldnt think of yourself!
They also advertise a website on the box to suggest other ideas for meals you could try - www.greatlittleideas.com Im deffinately going to try some of these ideas as i get sick of cooking the same meals every week!
These oxo cubes need to be stored in your cupboard, a cool dry place, and they are free from artificial preservatives. You can recycle the box, and these always have a few years date on them if you dont use them regularly.
These oxo cubes also come in a variety of flavours including beef, lamb, vegetable and chicken. The beef flavour have a red box, chicken is yellow, lamb is purple and the vegetable flavour are in a green box.
I would highly recommend these oxo cubes, they are tasty, easy to use and cheap!
Oxo cubes have been around for as long as I can remember and I always remember Linda Bellingham doing the advertisement on the television for many years playing a mother role with her family and seeing all the children grow up over the years.
The product comes in a box with either 6 or 12 cubes, hence the name, and each cube is around an inch square, wrapped in silver foil with the name on it.
The box is red and with the name in large letters all over the cardboard box.
As soon as you open the foil wrapper you can smell the aroma of the contents and it can be crumbled into boiling water to make a nice stock or be added to meat dishes whilst cooking to add flavour and I always add a cube to tinned tomatoes for when I am making a cooked breakfast as the cubes make the tomatoes taste delicious.
If you are making spaghetti bolognaise, just crumble a cube whilst browning the mince to give it that little bit of extra flavour.
My husband actually loves this product as a hot drink as it tastes a little like Bovril, and he takes them to work sometimes in the winter to have as a hot drink to warm himself.
They used to be a little moister than they are now, because now they crumble so much easier and the ones I bought recently look like the shape of an X, so they appear to have made a new design for them and they look super, but the taste is still as good quality as they have ever been.
They are best stored in a cool dry place because if they get moist they do not crumble as good, I store mine in a glass jar with a sealed lid to keep them nice and fresh.
They are perfect for stews or casseroles or just to add flavour to food.
The Oxo range also have Chicken, Lamb and Vegetable flavour and they also are available in bottles that are of a concentrated liquid to pour onto or into food and also in granules in jars with the same flavours.
I bought some on special offer recently from Tesco and they were only 39p for 6 with 6 extra free, so I got a good bargain and bought 2 boxes.
Try all the flavours and I do not think you will be disappointed.
I give this product a 5 star rating.
Thank you for reading my review.
Oxo cubes really are a great produce and can be added to so many foods to give them that little extra added taste which goes along way. I also find they disguise other tastes in dishes which can be great if the particular dish isn't the best tasting. To add the cube to your foods it is easy to just crumble the cube straight into your ingredients.
You can buy oxo cubes in all major super markets and also most corner shops and smaller retailers will also stock these. It almost seems that Oxo cubes have been a big part of shops for many years.
You can buy oxo cubes in a variety of pack sizes, the cube itself is about twice the size of a standard sugar cube and is brown in colour which represents the beef extract within the cube.
Pack sizes usually range from a box of six anywhere up to a box of 72, occasionally you can get larger box sizes but when they get to such a size it is probably best to go for the oxo powder drums instead.
You can use these cubes for making gravy, adding to soups, casseroles and to pasta dishes such as spaghetti bolognese just to give it that added taste. A massive favourite of mine is adding it to pasta, tuna and tomatoes as a dish with a drizzle of olive oil, it really does get rid of that tuna taste and is very pleasant indeed.
You can usually buy a box of 6 cubes for just under £1 which is a real bargain as other beef cubes really don't have the same taste. As the brand has ben around for so long it seems the recipe within the cube has changed over the years making the cube even better tasting.
Please find the nutritional values below:
Nutrition values per 100g as sold
of which sugars 2.3g
of which saturates 2g
Salt equivalent 30.55g
You will also find the following ingredients in a cube:
Wheatflour, salt, yeast extract, cornflour, colouring, flavour enhancers (monosodium glutamate), beef fat, flavouring, dried beef bonestock, sugar, onion, pepper extract.
I would really recommend buying these cubes just as an additive to your food to give it that unique taste in to your food. A must try!
I personally love oxo cubes, theres so much you can do with them. I usually purchase these in bulk, they have a long shelf life and are often on offer in one shop or another.
I usually pay £1.50 for 2 boxes, in each box there are 12 cubes individually wrapped in foil. They used to be square and I thought this was better, now they look like an X and although they state its the same size, I feel as if I`ve been cheated somehow. The box is the same size as the old box but now I think there lots of air in the gaps of the X.
Silly I know but thats my view.
They are so easy to use and crumble into all types of dishes, when I make instant gravy, I always crumble a couple of oxo`s in as well to give it that extra bite. I`ve also used them in beef mince dishes, lasagne, shephards pie, chilli, the list goes on. Use 1 cube to 190ml of water for a tasty stock.
One of my particular favourites in slicing up a potato into wedges with skins on and then crumbling an oxo over to make oxo wedges, I then grate some cheese on when cooked, lovely. And great for a party with a dip.
Heres the ingredients for all you that has allergies
Beef Bone Stock
Their allergy advice is to beware of : Wheat and Gluten
And nutrition Values per 100g as sold
of which sugars 2.3g
of which saturates 2g
Salt equivalent 30.55g
I`ve used this for many years and add it to lots of dishes, I`ve also used it as a tasty drink, one oxo in a mug of water, mmm
I use beef Oxo cubes for loads of things, obviously making gravy is the main use for them but you can also add them to stuff like spaghetti bolognese and chilli con carne to give the sauces a meatier flavour.
Oxo have recently changed the shape of their cubes so they have more of an X flavour instead of being a plain square. This is good because it means if a recipe says you need just 1/2 a cube then you can more easily cut it in half. I've also noticed that they crumble a lot easier since they changed the shape of them.
Another thing I love about Oxo cubes is that you can dissolve one in a mug of boiling water for a filling drink that will warm you up big time in this nasty cold weather. It's mad because it doesn't taste of gravy even though if you make gravy with an Oxo then it does! lol
The only thing about beef Oxos are that they have got a lot of salt in them. You need a bit of salt when you are making gravy but if you're going to have them as a drink then I recommend watching how many you have in a day because of all the salt. I could drink it all day long and it bugs me that I can't! lol I'm not sure how much salt is in a cube but it's the 2nd most used ingredient in the Oxos so it's a lot and they definately taste very salty.
Oxos come in a range of different flavours such as chicken, lamb and oriental but I think the beef ones are deffo the ones that people use most often. The others I've tried have all been great and especially the chicken ones go nice in soup and stuff like that.
You can get Oxos in boxes of 6, 12, 18 and 24. We usually buy the boxes of 24 because they are always on special offer somewhere, a box costs about £1.69 and the offer is usually 2 boxes for £2.00. The other size boxes are sometimes on offer too but the best savings are deffo on these bigger boxes.
I love gravy, I could eat a bowl of it on it's own - or drink it whatever you prefer. Dipping buttered bread in it it's dream. Thick gravy, thin gravy, minted gravy, onion gravy, Oh My I'm getting excited thinking about it - I won't make do with any old gravy though. All this tub of gravy granules rubbish just doesn't cut it with me, I want real gravy, thickened with cornflour and made with nothing other than Oxo's!
You can buy Oxo's in boxes of 6, 12 or 24, Chicken, Vegetable or Beef are the most common I should imagine but I've only ever had the Beef which come in the bright red boxes. Most cornershops and newsagents sell them as they are a big convenience in most households probably and you can also find them in larger supermarkets too.
Inside each box there are cubes of oxos individually wrapped in a foil packaging with Oxo written on the side.
Depending on how I use them I either peel off the foil wrapper and crumble the oxo slowly and gently in between my finger and thumb or I squeeze the packet until the cube is crushed within the packet and tear and pour when need be.
Oxo cubes can be used in many beef recipes, they make a quick and convenient stock just by adding boiling water from your kettle. Each cube is a deep, dark brown in colour and is easy to crumble. They have a strong beefy taste to them and an even stronger salty taste which is intense.
Looking at the nutritional info on my box of Oxo's each 100g as sold contains a whopping 30.55g salt equivalent.
They can add some immense flavouring to many recipes so these are probably best used in moderation depending on your palate of course as some people prefer intense flavours.
I tend to use Beef Oxo cubes in my stews, for my gravy - which if I use too many it can be wayy to salty, I sometimes use them as a meaty drink with hot water - obviously cooled down, minced meat and stewed steak. Oxo's for me instensify the flavour of my dishes and really make them scrummy.
To be honest I wouldn't know where to start if it came to making my own stock, so these are perfect for me - a box of stock making cubes could make my life a whole lot easier.
Each cube contains;
0.4g fat of which 0.2g saturates
Oxo beef cubes are crumbled into hot water to give a rich, meaty flavour. Usually used in casseroles, braises and to make gravy, but equally good crumbled directly in mince dishes such as Shepherd's Pie and Spaghetti bolognaise to add a rich beefy taste. Oxo is England's favorite bouillon cube. It crumbles and dissolves easily to make a rich clear beef stock. Each cube makes approx 1/2 pint.