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Since I have started cooking for myself more in my student days I am learning the differences between little things like stock cubes...
These Kallo Organic Chicken stock cubes are bouillon in texture rather than dry and crumbly. Pretty much all that means is that they are sticky in texture and they need dissolving a lot more than the Oxo types of cubes do.
Kallo make a few different flavours of this product, I've seen beef, vegetable and even a lo-salt version of these when we have bought this pack.
The price of this six pack is 88p from Morrisons.
There is a tip on the box that says to dissolve one cube with a little oil or butter and brush over the chicken before you roast; these are a really healthy way to pack a lot of flavour from a tiny product, believe me!
The box is a medium orange colour and the contents weigh 66g. Each 11g cube is really a bit more of a flat rectangle shape wrapped in an orange and silver foil cover to keep them fresh.
These cubes are made in the EU and are advertised as being 'the perfect way to enhance the flavours of your home prepared dishes'.
The instructions say to dissolve one stock cube in 500ml of boiling water, and it does need to be boiling and you need to stir it very vigorously or else it won't melt properly in the bottom of the jug!
The calories are 7 per 100ml of water, in other words 35 in each cube...
Kallo advise to add a cube to your water when cooking noodles and rice or pasta for extra flavour but I add it to cous cous and it really packs a meaty punch to a usually flavourless grain :)
The stock cubes themselves are very sticky and look an odd light brown colour; they smell like Bovril and are packed full of different herbs that rehydrate like turmeric, celery, parsley, thyme, rosemary.
The smell is lovely and it tastes really strong to say the concentrated cube starts off so small!
Five stars from me even though they are more expensive you get what you pay for!
I love to make soup especially at this time of year and always use Kallo organic stock cubes as I think they are simply the best around! Kallo organic stock cubes come in several different varieties including vegetable and free range chicken and well as a low salt version. I am going to tell you about the free range chicken cubes.
Kallo started life as a small family run business 20 years ago, producing organic products. Today Kallo are part of the giant Wessanen NV group based in the Netherlands. Kallo also make rice cakes, Whole earth peanut butter and the SO Good Range. I can also recommend Whole Earth peanut butter!
Kallo chicken stock cubes come in a small orange cardboard box. Each pack contains 6 stock cubes. The cubes are individually foiled wrapped to keep them fresh. They have a long shelf life. The reason I buy Kallo as opposed to other cheaper brands, is that they are made from organic ingredients. They are dairy gluten and artificial additive free too. Like many stock cubes, Kallo contains quite a lot of salt but at least Kallo use sea salt which is better for you.
Each cube is fairly solid and doesn't crumble like an Oxo cube. Each cube will make 500ml of stock. To make up the stock all you need to do is dissolve a cube in boiling water and stir well. I find that it helps to crush the cube against the side of the jug as they can be a bit difficult to dissolve. Unlike some stock cubes I have tried, Kallo cubes have a lovely smell. The chicken version smells strongly of chicken just as it should!
I use stock cubes on a regular basis for all sorts of recipes. When roasting a chicken I like to melt a little butter in a pan and then crush in a stock cube. When the mixture has dissolved I brush it over the chicken before roasting. This gives it a delicious flavour.
As I indicated I make a lot of soup. I always use Kallo stock cubes and have always had delicious results, well nearly always! Leek and potato is my family's favorite at the moment. For this I spray a little fry light into the bottom of a large pan and then fry an onion. Next add a chopped carrot and about 5 leeks. Make sure you wash the leeks well after chopping as they can contain a lot of grit! Finally add a couple of chopped potatoes. Leave to sweat for a few minutes ensuring the mixture doesn't burn. I normally use 2 stock cubes and 1000ml of water to make a large pan of soup. I think the chicken cubes give a really god flavour. Obviously you will need to use vegetable if you are serving this to any vegetarians!
I also like to add a Kallo stock cube to the water when cooking pasta as this gives a good flavour.Rissotto is another favorite and I use the cubes for this too.
Overall I highly recommend Kallo stock cubes, they may cost a bit more but I think they are well worth it! Kallo stock cubes usually retail at around 75p for a box of 6. However at the moment they are on offer in Asda at 2 for just £1 and I will be stocking up!