Product Type: Knorr Sauces / Soups
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Knorr Stock Pots
Member Name: flodombey
Knorr Stock Pots
Advantages: Convenient, deep flavour, very easy to use, great quality product
Disadvantages: Can be expensive when not on offer
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.
Summary: A very useful storecupboard ingredient.
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