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I am a Bzz Agent and, as part of my latest campaign, I have been sent three packets of the Knorr Stock Pots to try out. The flavours that I have tested are Chicken, Beef and Vegetable. To be honest, I was already using the Chicken version as my Dad recommended them to me a few months ago, but it was good to receive the other varieties to try. I have made stock from scratch a few times (mostly when my children were very young) but it is not something that I do on a regular basis, so I am always on the look-out for a short-cut that doesn't compromise too much on taste.
* The Product *
The Knorr Stock Pots come in several flavours. As previously mentioned, I have been trying out the Chicken, Beef and Vegetable varieties, but you can also get a fish version, a herbal infusion and a rich beef version. These little pots of concentrated stock are free from artificial colours, preservatives and flavour enhancers. They are all gluten-free and the beef, chicken and vegetable versions are also gluten free. The vegetable and herbal infusion varieties are suitable for vegetarians - obviously the others are not as they contain meat or fish. According to the product literature, the Knorr stock pots are created from specially selected ingredients which have been reduced down to create an intense little pot of a jelly-like substance. The 'reduction' method used to create these little stock pots means that the intensity of the flavour is preserved and will infuse through your culinary creations once it dissolves in the liquid.
* Using the Stock Pots *
There are two methods of using the stock pots. The first is to add it directly to your dish where it should melt smoothly into the dish to add a full, rich taste. I have tried this with the beef stock pots in both a beef casserole and a bolognese and, in both cases, I felt that the flavour really did work its way through the dish and the taste was more intense than when I didn't use it. Both of these recipes had suggested that a stock cube was crumbled into the dish, so I just substituted a stock pot at that stage. The second method is the more traditional way of making stock with a stock cube. You simply dissolve the stock pot into 500ml of boiling water to make a delicious stock for soups, risottos or casseroles. You can also make a lighter stock by dissolving it into 750ml of water. This does make a really good stock - I have noticed a real difference in the flavour of my chicken risottos while using the stock pots, and I also cooked a delicious whole chicken in white wine, stock and vegetables which I felt had its flavour enhanced by the stock. The only issue I have with dissolving the stock into the water is that sometimes it can be tricky to actually make the stock pot dissolve. I have developed a technique of trying to break it up with a fork which usually works, but it can take a while. However, the end results are worth it in my opinion. The only other reservation I have about these stock pots is the amount of salt that they contain - each 100ml of stock prepared using the beef stock pots contains 0.85g, so a 500ml serving would have 4.25g of salt. As the recommended daily allowance of salt for an adult is 6g, I feel that this is a bit high and, consequently, I have some reservations about using them for family meals that the children will be sharing.
* Cost *
The stock pots are available in packs of four or eight 28g pots. They cost around £1.46 for a pack of four or £2.41 for a pack of 8. Shelf life is very good (the expiry date on the beef pack that I have in front of me is July 2013) so I would recommend buying packs of 8 if you like them as that represents slightly better value for money.
* Would I Recommend Them? *
Yes, I would definitely recommend these little pots. They add a greater intensity of flavour to any dish that requires stock and you can also use them for a flavour boost even if stock isn't specified in a recipe. The only slight reservations, and the reason for my four star rating, is that they contain more salt than I think is really necessary and that sometimes they are a bit too tricky to dissolve. But, if you want a kitchen short-cut which genuinely gives you an alternative to making your own stock, then these are a very handy solution.
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Recently I was sent three packs of four Knorr stock pots, 4 beef, 4 chicken and 4 vegetable. In all honesty I don't usually bother with adding stock to my dishes and I have a box of cheap vegetable stock collecting dust in my cupboard, however after trying these I'm sure I will do more often than not now!
~ Product & availability ~
Knorr stock pots are available to buy at all well stocked supermarkets. They can be bought in several different flavours including chicken, beef, rich beef, fish, vegetable and herb. Knorr stock pots are available to buy in two sizes, a pack containing 4 stock pots for around £1.46 or a pack containing 8 for around £2.41. Compared with other stocks this is quite expensive considering you can actually get stock cubes for as little as 10p! Obviously I'm not sure on the quality of the 10p ones but even oxo are only 78p.
~ Packaging ~
Knorr stock pots come in a cardboard box which is coloured depending on which flavour it is, looking at the one I have to hand (beef) its red. The top of the box gives you the name of the product and basic nutritional information. The back of the box gives you instructions on how to use them and a little bit about the product itself. There is also a lovely photo of the chef Marco Pierre white because he is the 'mascot' as such for this product. On the bottom of the box you can find a full list of ingredients, contact information and a full nutritional table. The box can easily be opened as it has a little slit in the back that you just lift up. Inside the box you are given a recipe to try out too. The stock pots themselves come in a little, clear round plastic pot with a thin film-like lid.
~ How to use ~
You can simply just add directly to your chosen dish or alternatively if your dish requires more liquid you just dissolve the stock into 500ml of boiling water, which makes a good stock for soups, risottos and casseroles. If you prefer a lighter stock you can use 750ml of water instead.
~ Appearance & taste ~
I have tried all the three of the stock pots I have been sent and all three enhanced my dishes flavours! Peeling back the lid you are greeted with a jelly like substance that smells strongly of whatever the flavour is. I chose to add mine directly to the dishes I chose to include them in and they melted in just fine with a bit of stir. They made my dishes smell extra meaty (obviously this was for the beef and chicken flavours) and actually made a big difference to what my dish would normally smell like. The taste was great, it brought out all of the flavours in my dish without making anything too overpowering or bland. I never realised what a difference one of these could make!
~ Other information ~
Knorr stock pots contain no artificial colours, preservatives or flavours enhancers.
They are gluten free and contain no added MSG.
The main ingredients are beef stock, glucose syrup, salt, beef fat and yeast extract.
Each stock pot contains, 10 calories, 0.2g of sugar, 0.4g of fat, 0.2g of saturates and 0.85g of salt. The salt in one of these accounts to 14 % of your GDA!
~ Overall opinion ~
I would highly recommend knorr stock pots to anybody who wants to add a bit more va va voom to their meals! You will seriously notice a difference. I think the salt content lets this product down a bit because if you consider how much salt you consume without really knowing it during the day and then you add another 14 % to your meals your total will end up quite high! Especially if you have added salt to the meal already. Another thing for me is the price compared with perhaps the cubes, these particular stock pots are quite pricey and if you take into account how many meals you make a week and if you use one each time, you are going to spend a lot on them. I will definitely look out for these when they are on offer at a reduced price but otherwise I think I may try other brands but I'm not sure how they will compare in quality to these.
I'm going to award knorr stock pots 4/5 stars, they made my meals taste superb and I could really tell I'd used them, but the salt content makes me a little bit wary especially with all this hype about how we should all cut down on our intake of the stuff!
Knorr Chicken Stock Pots
I am a BzzAgent and in my latest trial I have been sent three packets of four of these stock pots. I have four chicken ones, four beef and four vegetable ones. There are also other flavours available, Rich Beef, Fish and Herb infusion but I have not tried those as yet. The one I am reviewing here is the Chicken Stock pot in a four pot packet but they do also come in packs of eight small pots.
Each pot makes 500ml of stock.
These have no artificial flavour enhancers, no added MSG in any of the varieties.
All varieties have no artificial preservatives
All varieties have no artificial colours
All varieties are Gluten free
The chicken stock pots as well as the beef and vegetable and rich beef stock pots are all okay for those needing a lactose free diet.
The vegetable and herb stock pots are suitable for vegetarians
All of which makes a very positive start for me.
If prepared as is suggested on the packs then 100ml of these stock pots will provide you with 5kcal,
Also each 100ml prepared as per instruction will provide 0.1g Protein, 0.2g Carbs (0.1g sugars), 0.4g Fat, 0.46g Sodium, 1.14g Salt, Trace of Fibre.
PACKAGING AND STORAGE
This comes in a cardboard outer sleeve with four small peel off little plasticl trays. All the packaging is recyclable.
In order to use the little stock pots you just easily peel off the plastic film lid and the jellied stock then is tipped into whatever you are cooking.
You should store the unopened product in a cool dry place but if you open a pot then you should store in the fridge for up to 3 days.
Water, Salt, Vegetable Fats and Oils, Sugar, Yeast Extract, Vegetables in varying proportions [Carrots, Leek, Onion], Chicken Fat (1.8%), Flavourings (contains Mustard), Thickeners (Xanthan Gum, Locust Bean Gum), Garlic, Pepper, Parsley, Chicken Powder (0.25%), Colour (Burnt Sugar Caramel), Maltodextrin, Rosemary Extract
HOW TO USE
You use them pretty much as you would home made stock or even stock cubes. You can dissolve each pot into 500 ml of boiling water which then makes a delicious stock for gravy, casseroles or soups or you can do as I do and add directly to rice, pastas or sauce, soups or whatever dish you are creating.
I simply peel back the lid which is very easy unlike some packs you come across; I then either squeeze the little flexible plastic pot to pop out the contents. This plops out as a whole little jelly cube or I slip a spoon into the corner and release the jelly and then it slips straight out easily too. As I said I am idle so never bother to make liquid stock with these, I just add water or wine or whatever other liquid such as tinned tomatoes etc with the other basic ingredients, such as chicken vegetables, herbs and onions and seasoning and the stock pot.
Although when you first pop this into your dish it stays as a limp of jelly I find it quickly melts into the dish once the heat gets to it. I never find I need to cut it up as it really takes seconds to start melting
ARE THEY ANY BETTER THAN STOCK CUBES?
I have always either made my own stock if I have left over chicken carcasses from roasts or I have used stock cubes but I have always been slightly concerned about the MSG ( Monosodium glutamate) in these as it is not supposed to be very good for you.
Stock cubes also tend to be rather on the salty side so I am careful when cooking for my grandchildren when babies not to use stock cubes as you have to be careful with salt for little ones. I have read a few reviews on Ocado that complain about these being very salty but personally I haven't found that at all.
I always add my own freshly grown herbs from my garden if I can and also use herbs and spices a lot in my cooking so the stock cubes have really only added the flavour and salt . These I find are less in your face salty and are fresher tasting. They are not quite the same as my homemade stocks but are a pretty darn good substitute.
I am not a big one for buying 'celebrity' endorsed products or brand names and I usually am more than happy with shop branded products but will be happy to try a mixture if it looks tempting. I find that by adding my own fresh herbs, vegetables and spices that my creations are usually pretty well accepted by family and friends.
I do use a lot of stock cubes and may well now transfer my buying to using these so long as they are not too expensive. Ocado sell this pack of four for £1.46 and the pack of eight for £2.41 so the eight pack is better value. They seem to be the same price in Tesco but Amazon have various prices some of which seem very expensive so I suggest looking around and avoiding Amazon whose cheapest appears to be £5.99 for the eight pack.
I have now used my four of these and I am impressed. They give a more full bodied, rounded flavour that the cubes and I have found them particularly good in soups which I make a lot of in this cold weather as soups are filling, warming and healthy.
I made a chicken and sweet corn soup; we used another for a chicken and ham pie, a third for chicken curry and the last one went into a chicken casserole which I made up my own recipe for and very tasty it was too.
SO IN SHORT
I have found these very easy to use and they give a good flavour without being in your face or too salty. I am very pleased to see that they contain no msg artificial flavours or colours but they are not a cheap option with each pot costing over 35p so if you are on a budget you might choose to stick to stock cubes. You could also look out for when they are on offer and stock up as they do have a reasonable shelf life. Mine says it will last well into 2013 so there is not really a problem with shelf life unless the pot is opened.
I also liked the fact that the cardboard pack has a recipe inside it. The chicken one I have, suggested a Spanish chicken but you can also go on the Knorr website and there are lots of suggestions from Marco Pierre White who is the celebrity behind this product.
Thanks for reading. This review may be posted on other sites under my same user name.
Firstly I would like to mention that I have celiac disease and a while ago I was using a gluten-free gravy powder. However this gravy just did not taste like the gravy I was used to before I found out I had Celiac Disease.
After recommendations from family about the Knorr Stock Pots, I decided to use Knorr Stock Pots 'Beef Stock' to make my own gravy as an alternative to the gluten-free shop bought gravy. I purchased this product from the local 99p shop, which I thought was great value for money. The product came with four stock pots in plastic containers all placed within a cardboard packaging.
To make the gluten free gravy (which tasted delicious and just like the gravy I remember) I used the following ingredients:
1 Knorr Beef Stock Pot (gluten free)
500ml of water
3 tsp of Gluten Free Plain Flour.
I first boiled the 500ml of water in a saucepan, following this I then added the gelly like beef stock pot and stirred until dissolved. I then added the flour to thicken the gravy.
These stock pots can also be added straight into a dish and is perfect for casseroles. I have also used the beef stock pots to make the filling for pasties, which also tasted delicious.
I would definitely recommend this product and it makes an excellent alternative to gluten-free gravy powder.
I love to cook, so it's finally occurred to me that there are probably an awful lot of products that pass through my kitchen so quickly that I never have time to review them. As a result, I've made myself concentrate and remember to put my thoughts down as and when I've used them. So, moving on from cookery books (plenty more of those reviews to come!), here's the first review I've written about a food-based product. Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you the wondrous epic (alright, maybe not), that is my appraisal of Knor Stock Pots. Read on, fascinated masses (feign interest at the back...).
The new 'Mr Rarr' in my life is, like most males, a self-confessed carnivore and seems to have a bit of a weak point for English roast dinners, pies etc. For which I hardly blame him! But it does mean that, before summer hits and such food is far too heavy in the warm temperatures, I've been trying to extend my repertoire slightly and cater for spoiling this lovely new addition to my life. So, yesterday, pie was suggested and duly cooked. I used a Knor Stock Pot as these were on offer in Asda for £1 for four, and after I had used one to treat mum to a home-cooked Bolognese the other day, I was more than happy to take advantage of that offer.
Knor Stock Pots are a deviation from your standard, pressed-powder stock cubes. They come in a cardboard packet in which four stock pots sit. They are gelatinous and "set" like a firm jelly, in oval semi-opaque pots with a peel-back lid. You can add these to your dish directly, or dissolve them in water.
Right, the scientific stuff:
Each pot makes 500ml of stock.
These have no artificial flavour enhancers, no added MSG.
No artificial preservatives
No artificial colours
A nice little touch I just noticed is that you can open up the cardboard packaging to find a recipe on the inside - I used the beef stock pot, so have a beef curry recipe.
Per 100ml as prepared, these stock pots will provide you with 5kcal, so each cube can provide 25kcal if used to produce the claimed 500ml of liquid stock.
As prepared per 100ml: 0.1g Protein, 0.2g Carbs (0.1g sugars), 0.4g Fat, 0.46g Sodium, 1.14g Salt, Trace of Fibre.
These are produced by Unilever, and you may well have seen them endorsed by Marco Pierre White in their TV advert campaign.
Each pot weighs 28g. Ingredients include; water, salt, 5.7% beef fat, yeast extract, garlic, thickeners, colour, herbs, rosemary extract, apple juice concentrate, onion juice concentrate, carrot juice concentrate, sugar, milk and vegetable fat, as well as pepper and paprika.
Yesterday's pie was venison based so I used beef stock to add flavour and depth to the gravy; I had not qualms about using this even though I also found it was very suitable for use with my Italian dish earlier in the week, as the balance of herbs in the ingredients make this suitable for the way I cook both dishes. Indeed, whilst it has paprika and other herbs and spices in the mix, I didn't find this stock to be overpowering or dominating in the final dish.
When you peel back the lid (very easy), you can squeeze the flexible plastic pot to dump the contents, which will come out as solid, into the receptacle you are using. I have never bothered to make liquid stock with these, as I can just add the water as the base ingredients, such as herbs and onions and seasoning, are sweating off. Initially your stock pot will retain it's shape, although you can hasten its melting process by pressing it into pieces with your spatula or spoon.
Very soon this will have dissolved or melted, leaving you with a seasoned sauce or gravy or adding taste to your meat.
***HOW DOES IT TASTE?***
Now, as I like to cook and grow herbs and my own ingredients, I will very often buy basic stocks cubes (although never again will I touch Tesco's value stock cubes as they just make everything taste of salt and are possibly the most surefire way to ruin a meal I've ever encountered). I rarely spend money on 'celebrity' endorsed products or brand names if I can have a mid-range supermarket equivalent on any base ingredient as I know that I have the skill and awareness to use this as a basic component and balance the flavours elsewhere in the cooking process. However, I do use a lot of stocks and I have to thank my mother for buying this and introducing me to them first time around.
In all the times I have used these - which is now quite a few - I have been really impressed. They make life that little bit easier and you don't have to crumble pungent stock cubes by hand, also I have never known them to compromise the final flavour of a dish by being too strong or salty, which some stocks can if you don't make them yourself.
The mix of herbs and flavours has never clashed with anything that I have cooked even though I tend to use a lot of seasoning myself, and whilst the meaty flavour is undeniably enhanced, this is not salty, tastes natural and really adds an extra layer to the depth of flavour in my beef or other red meat dishes.
In my venison pie, the red wine-based gravy worked well with this, and the tomato-based sauce of the Bolognese did also.
In short, this is now my preferred method of buying stock and if they're on offer at £1 for four I will stock up, as I find that they tick the boxes of being convenient, effective and very tasty. The packet I bought yesterday is advertised as being safe to use until February of 2013, so almost a whole year's shelf life - not that there's any chance of me not using them a long time before then when I have a mother and a significant other to spoil every weekend!
For those who prefer a lighter taste, it may be an exercise in stating the obvious, but the packaging also states that to achieve this you can use 750ml of water per pot to make a liquid stock - which might suit some people for soups etc.
I really love this product and whilst it may look gimmicky I think this does actually suit my style of cooking more than stock cubes, and I find it a lot less salty than even the higher brand stock cubes that I have used in the past. The taste seems more well-rounded and the seasoning mix used is, for me, spot on. Highly recommended and a great addition to the storecupboard.
I make a lot of soup and if I don't make my own stock I rely on a trusty cube but recently a friend of mind told me to try Knorr Vegetable Stock Pots as to quote her "they are 100% better than a stock cube". So when I did my next shop I popped a packet of them in my trolley.
Knorr Stock Pots are exactly that, a little pot of concentrated stock in a gel form. They are sold in a pack of eight little pots and in my local Tesco cost £2.49. The little pots are sold in a card board sleeve.
The top of the pack gives all the GDA's for 100mls of prepared stock:-
The stock pots have no artificial flavour enhancers, no artificial preservatives or colours and are suitable for coeliac diets and vegetarians. The bottom of the pack gives more nutritional information along with a list of ingredients. Each little pot makes 500ml of stock and is sealed with a foil lid.
The actual stock is as I mentioned in a gel form, it looks a digestion light brown colour with bits in it and also slightly greasy, it does however smell quite nice. I made a stock with the gel by adding it to 500mls of boiling water and letting it dissolve. It took longer than I expected to fully dissolve, a lot longer than a stock cube. I wasn't really impressed with how the stock looked it was very pale in colour and not at all appetising. I added the stock to my other ingredients and blended them together.
When I ate my soup I was very disappointed, it was so salty and had a nasty greasy texture. To be honest I couldn't really say what it tasted like because the salt flavour was so strong it masked everything else. I gave the stock pots a second chance and used one in a vegetarian mince dish. This time I just popped the gel straight into the saucepan, stirred and waited for it to melt. Once again though I was very disappointed, the salt flavour was far too strong. We don't use a lot of salt in our house and I never add it when I'm cooking so maybe this was why it was unbearably salty for me but once again the stock pot left a greasy feel to the dish.
After trying the stock pots twice I decided to go back to my stock cubes. The stock pots didn't give my food a nice flavour and were far too salty. I wont be buying them again they are expensive for what they are and I'm sure they cant be good for you with all that salt. Knorr also do a beef stock pot and a chicken one, as I have never tried either of the meat ones I cannot comment on them but the Vegetable stock pots were very disappointing!
Used a chicken stock pot first time tonight, cannot believe how salty this product is. We used it in the gravy for our roast chicken, and foolishly I sloshed gravy over my dinner. I had to scrape most off. Am gutted that my dinner was ruined. definitely not buying again.
I bought two packs of these stock pots as they were on offer in the supermarket, beef and chicken, I should have saved my money. They are far far too salty, the chicken ones have an unpleasant smell which I find off putting. I have tried using them in soups and casseroles but I am going back to my old way of preparing these dishes. So these stock pots are going in the bin and I will not be buying them again.
Is it just me or does anyone else regard the advert featuring a lot of women in a church hall trying Knorr beef stock pot as supremely awful. There is absolutely nothing about this advert that will encourage me to buy this product. Marco Pierre White arriving with a huge steaming dish of "brown stuff" to the delight of a crowd of predominantly old ladies does not do it for me i am afraid. The icing on the cake is the thumbs up from one of the senior ladies which is intended to project an authoratitive view of how nice the "brown stuff" is.
A friend recommended Knorr stock pots to me so when I saw them in the supermarket I thought I would give them a go. I only use the vegetable ones as I don't eat meat and I usually use the Knorr stock cubes but I find them salty, less so than the OXO ones but still too much, so I wasn't really sure I would fair much better with the pots.
There are eight serving per packed and at about £1.75 there are also more expensive than the cubes but I have found them to be much more flavoursome. When you peel back the lid inside is a solid orange jelly through which there are lots of green little specks which look like herbs, they look much more natural than the cubes which I have always thought they looked like little cubes of vegetable fat. The smell also resembles, well vegetables more than the cubes ever did.
They are free from artificial flavours and preservatives and are suitable for Coeliac's. There are also suitable for vegetarians which you would think is a given for something supposedly made from vegetables but in my experience this is not always the case.
I have used these pots in soups and sauces and have found them to be far superior to regular vegetable stock cubes and much less salty. Although I do not know how the stats stack up.
In conclusion, I am a complete convert I only hope they bring out an organic version soon.
I simply love these stock pots and personally they are a welcomed product to my cupboards. I used to use the Knorr's stock granuals which were very delicious however I found they were full of MSG and you used to be left very thirsty after eating a meal made with it.
So when I found the stock pots, I was very happy to give them a go.
For any budding chef, they look great and are in handy individually packed in their pots as a pack of 8 ( for appx £1.99) and each pot can make 500ml of stock which you can add to your cooking or have as a drink or you can simply add it whole to casseroles, pasta dishes for a more concentrated taste.
They come in 3 flavours, vegetable, chicken and beef. Personally I only have the chicken and beef which are fantastic and I can not comment on the quality of the vegetable stock.
Marco pierre White is on the adverts and ensures their quality which to me is any reason to give them a try.
What makes these different to a 'cheaper' stock cube I hear you ask? Well, for me its about the taste and quality for, I find stock cubes a little synthetic and salty and these pots add a little luxury to your cooking.
When I first saw these stock pots advertised I really wanted to try them. They are quite expensive so when I saw them on offer with 1/3 off of the price I couldn't resist. Now when I say they are expensive I mean compared to other stock products, obviously a few pounds is not a lot of money but for this type of product it is, to me anyway.
I was very keen to see what they would be like. I like to cook from scratch whenever I can. However I do not have the time and patience to my own stock and normally use a stock cube as these are the best value and taste ok. After using stock for a while I have sometimes found that it can taste a bit too salty, so was hoping that these stock pots would be different.
I have used a whole pack of the beef stock pots and a couple out of a pack of the chicken flavour and have to say I am not at all impressed with them. I tend to use stock cubes a lot for cooking dishes such as stews, casseroles, chilli con carne and to flavour vegetable, just all the usual ones really. I have found that these stock pots are like a very thick jelly and don't dissolve very easily. They take ages and the water has to be actually boiling for them to work. Even then I have to stir them a lot. I also tried just adding them into a dish, that didn't work at all. I ended up with a large lump of jelly, when I served it up.
I have tried all different things but I don't know if it's just me or the product, I just can't get on with them. I have continued to use up the ones I brought but wont be re-purchasing them. I think they are quite overpriced and harder work than stock cubes. I can't compare it to fresh stock because I never buy it. The only thing I will say is that it isn't quite as salty as a stock cube, but it doesn't taste much better either.
I have only just started to buy these because I decided I was sick of paying for supermarket tinned soup and wanted to make my own.
First of all I will comment on the price, roughly cost just under £2 for 8 stock pots which works out at about 25p per pot. Now compared to oxo cubes they do cost slightly more but if you break it down that each stock pot makes at least 3 hearty potions of soup, whereas 3 tins on Heinz soup would cost about £2.20 so it's still much cheaper.
The products come in a cardboard box with all the information about the stock pot on the front, and it also includes the nutritional breakdown and ingredients
Inside the cardboard box are individual small pots which have the stock inside. To access them you have to remove the lid.
The stock pot looks like a jelly and smells delicious! Its smells very meaty and flavoursome.
As states I like to use this to make soups and for those who are interested this is how I use the stock pot for chicken soup:
1) Simmer chicken bones for 2 hours in a pan of water with lid on
2) Sieve the liquid to ensure all the bones and other bits and pieces are not in the mixture.
3) Leave liquid to cool and then remove the layer of fat that would has floated to the top
4) Bring back to the boil and add potatoes and stock (plus and other vegetables you like)
5) Once potatoes are cooked you can add corn flour if you wish to thicken it.
A lot of people don't use shop bought stock for soup, but adding the knorrs stockpot really brings out the flavour of the meat and in my opinions adds a great deal to the taste.
Per 100ml of prepared stock
Calories - 5
Sugars - 0.2g
Fat - 0.4g
Saturates - 0.2g
Salt - 1.12g
As you can see, calorie and fat content is very low making this stockpot quite good for you and you can eat plenty without really having to worry about your waste line.
The only problem with these pots is they are quite salty so I find that if you add less salt whilst preparing it, you won't over salt it and you should get the right balance
You can also use stockpots in a whole range of foods, the beef ones are very nice in Sheppard's pie or casseroles and the vegetable stock is very nice is stews.
They really do add flavour to a dish, and I would rather pay 25p to get added flavour to my food than try and do it myself and probably end up making a mess of the meal.
I would definitely recommend these stock pots to anyone who wishes to ass flavour to their dishes, of course there are people who probably won't use these and they can make it from scratch, but for people like me who can't, it's such a welcome addition to my cupboard!
I bought these recently as I make a lot of soups in the Winter and was looking for some good quality stock.
I was fed up with the salty taste of stock cubes and the way in which they are hard to dissolve.
I bought these from Tesco when they were on a 2 for £2 offer (ordinarily £1.98 each) so clearly quite a bit more than cubes.
In each pack you get 8 plastic pots of a gel like stock. You can either dissolve one of these in 500ml of boiling water or add straight to soups, casseroles etc.
I've tried both the beef and the vegetable one.
The vegetable one is a light brown with plenty of chopped herbs visible so looks a lot more 'real' than a cube. The beef one is a darker colour and looks more meaty.
They are very easy to use and dissolve instantly with hardly any need for stirring.
I think they provide a full rich flavour and are ideal when you do not have the time to make a proper stock.
The veg one has a nice fresh flavour. However they both still contain salt and as such wouldn't add salt to the dish until you've tasted it. The soups I've made, haven't needed any more salt.
I have been using these ingenious stock pots for a while now and think they are a wonderful invention and certainly the closest you can get to real stock without hours of boiling chicken carcasses and so on (seriously - who has time to do that!?).
I have used both the chicken and the vegetable versions and ensure that I always have some in the cupboard now as they are very versatile and reliable. They can be expensive - full price they cost around £1.80 for a pack of 8 little pots, however I have noticed that these are one of those products which get rotated in and out of special offers so I usually wait until they are rolled back to £1 in Asda and then stock up (no pun intended!).
Primarily I use these for risottos and casseroles. The first time I used them was in a chicken and mushroom risotto for which I needed a litre of chicken stock. Each pot will make 500ml of stock and you simply slide it into the right amount of boiling water and stir to produce the stock, it literally melts into the water.
The stock pot is actually a jellified lump when you open the packet and does not look too appealing but, believe me, the stock it produces is impressively real looking. I notice with the chicken one that you get that shiny layer of small fat gobules on the top of the stock and the taste is very rich. The vegetable one is a lighter shade than the chicken one but also very deep in flavour.
Once I have made a litre of this stock for my risotto I keep it simmering in a pan next to the risotto pan and ladle it in as I would with any other stock. It works perfectly well and I think its impossible to tell it apart from real, laboriously made stock.
The convenience of this product is what keeps me buying it, I am not fussed as to whether it is endorsed by a celebrity chef or not. I can, however, see why Marco Pierre White (who is notoriously critical and hard to please) would put his name to it because it makes cooking something from scratch easier.
A great product, look out for it on offer and then it really is a bargain and a storecupboard essential.