Product Type: Knorr Sauces / Soups
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Don't be chicken, try this stock pot.
Knorr Chicken Stock Granules
Member Name: jo@145
Knorr Chicken Stock Granules
Advantages: Stock granules useful for small amounts
Disadvantages: salt content
Stock pots were very popular many years ago and bones, vegetables and odds and ends were continually boiled up to provide the stock for sauces, soups and casseroles, but I am pleased to say life is easier now, and probably healthier when I think about stock pots sitting in warm conditions on the stove for a few days! All we need to do now is crumble a stock cube or as in this case sprinkle on a spoonful of granules.
I have an assortment of stock cubes, granules and liquid stock and it depends what I am making as to what I use. I prefer stock cubes for large pots of soup and use 1 or 2 per pot of soup, but when making a stir fry or a white sauce that requires some stock if I need less than ¾pt I tend to use the granules or some liquid stock.
The squat round shaped tub is made of metal and has a green plastic lid. It is brightly coloured in yellow and orange with a spoon of the granules being sprinkled onto a chicken dish. There is 150grams in the tub and the nutritional guidelines are given per 100mls made up stock. There is only 5calories per 100mls, and a little amount of sugars, fat and 0.9grams of salt.
There are some instructions on the side of the tub, and it is easy to make up into stock. Dissolve 2 teaspoons (9grams) in 450mls of boiling water and use for soup, risotto, casseroles etc. You can also sprinkle the granules on top of chicken before roasting to increase the flavour.
The stock granules are made from an assortment of ingredients, but salt is the largest, then lactose from milk and flavour enhancers like Monosodium Glutamate, flavourings and chicken powder and fat, oil, onion powder, yeast extract, dried herbs and spices. You can smell the spices and herbs and also it reminds me of Chicken crisps. The granules are very fine and are natural colour with tiny flecks of green herbs.
I often sprinkle the granules straight onto a stir fry and add the liquid later, rather than dirty a jug, because I'm lazy and guess things when I'm cooking! A little added to a white sauce gives it a bit more flavour if using with leftover roast chicken and mushrooms to serve with boiled rice. I also add some when using prawns in white sauce as it blends well with fish too, as it isn't too strong a flavour. When making risotto I usually use a stock cube but if I need extra stock I just sprinkle on some granules from the tub.
My tub has a use by date of May 2010, so it has a long shelf life and is therefore a useful commodity in the kitchen cupboard.
I think I paid £1.99 for the tub, but it will make about 7.5 litres of stock so quite reasonable, instead of making homemade stock.
The only disadvantage that I see is the amount of salt, so care is needed not to add extra salt to the cooking and because of the lactose it isn't suitable for people who can't take milk products.
Summary: Chicken flavoured stock granules.
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