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Since having my son I have become quite aware of what goes into products and although I should make my own stock I have neither the time nor the inclination especially since I found this product. I have been told by GPs, HV's and friends that children under 1 should not have anymore than 1g of salt a day which led me to check everything I buy for salt content so as you can imagine I nearly hit the roof when I checked the salt content of my Knorr vegetable stock cubes which were a whopping 4.5g/cube and although my son wouldn't obviously have an entire cube it is still has a very high salt content even for adults.
The Kallo stock cubes are suitable for vegetarians and vegans and are gluten/dairy/MSG free which makes cooking for friends much easier. The cubes are quite soft and you dissolve one cube in 500ml of water this amount of stock contains 0.4g of salt which is considerably less than the 4.5g in a Knorr cube dissolved in the same amount of water. The stock can be used in cous cous rather than just plain water although I tend to use it in my Morrocan and Indian dishes and it really does add more flavour than any of the other brands I've used in the past. The stock does have quite a strong onion/leek flavour and you can definently taste the rosemary, oregano and garlic which are well balanced and not too overpowering.
I would definently recommend these cubes for those of us that don't like making our own stock and want a low salt, tasty vegetarian stock at a reasonable price.
I purchase these cubes from my local health foods store although I've seen them in Waitrose and the large Sainsburies and they cost me about £1.50 per pack (each pack contains 6 vegetable stock cubes). Admittedly they do cost more than the mainstream brand stock cubes but I personally think they're worth the cost and am willing to pay more for something that tastes lovely and is free of all the salt and crap that is found in oxo/knorr etc.
Most people in Britain eat too much salt in their diet, for most of us it doesn't do us too much harm but for people like my daughter who has a kidney disease it can push up her blood pressure and cause more problems. I am always on the look out of low salt foods and a firm favourite in my household is Kallo organic low salt vegetable stock cubes.
They cost around 90p for a pack of six stock cubes which is comparable with the likes of Knorr, I used to only be able to get these in a health food shop but was pleased to see that Tesco have started to sell them too recently.
Most stock cubes are very salty but these low salt ones only contain a trace of sodium when made up which makes them the perfect base for making soups or other savoury dishes.
These are rather moist rather than dry stock cubes however they crumble fairly easily and each cube makes a pint of stock. They taste really good, the blend of vegetable fat, vegetables and herbs produces a very mild taste when made into stock, I can't detect any of the vegetables or herbs in particular but it is a nice blend of onion, carrot, leek and celery. I use them to make lentil soup and I love the fact that the taste of my soup is not overtaken by salt, since cutting down our households salt consumption I've found that many foods that we used to enjoy have become too salty for our tastebuds. A friend who does not eat low salt found my soup a bit bland when made with this stock and added loads of salt at the table so I guess it depends on what you are used to whether you will like them or not.
I love these Kallo low salt vegetable stock cubes, I always have a pack in my cupboard for making soup or adding to casseroles or other savoury dishes. A low salt product which is not low on taste.
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 Very Low Salt Vegetable' 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, chicken and an original organic version of these when we have bought this pack. The price of this six pack is 88p from Morrisons.
Approved by the Vegetarian Society and it says naturally gluten and dairy free plus free from artificial additives and suitable for Vegans also; these are a really healthy way to pack a lot of flavour from a tiny product, believe me!
The box is a medium green colour and the contents weigh 66g. Each 11g cube is really a bit more of a flat rectangle shape wrapped in a green and silver foil cover to keep them fresh.
These cubes are made in Germany and are advertised as being 'the perfect way to enhance the flavours of your home prepared dishes'.
Specially designed to help you reduce the salt in your diet but not lose out on the natural flavours within. Each 100ml serving has 0.8g of salt in it.
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 10 per 100ml of water, in other words 50 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 vegetable punch to a usually flavourless grain :)
The stock cubes themselves are very sticky and look an odd light browny/green colour; they smell like Bovril and are packed full of different hers that rehydrate like red peppers, carrots, leeks, onion, etc, plus herbs like parsley, lovage, thyme and 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 discovered Kallo low sodium stock cubes when I was weaning my first child. I bought the obligatory Annabel Karmel cook book and spent an entire evening cursing over making my own stock. To be fair to Annabel, it did taste amazing, but after that evening I vowed to find another way. And the answer was Kallo stock cubes. They have much less sodium than standard stock cubes so you can use them for preparing children's meals without worrying and the flavour that they provide is pleasant enough to use for the whole family's meals. It's a "background savoury" sort of taste, which is I guess what you want in a stock, and I've found they work well with casseroles, stews and soups. The consistency is a bit strange if you are used to the "crumbly" stock cubes - these are more squashy. This has the advantage that you can easily use half a stock cube if you are dealing in small quantities, although it does mean that they take a bit more stirring to dissolve properly. That's the only downside though, I use these all the time and have recommended them to loads of my friends.
Provide a low sodium, savoury base for your home prepared dishes.