Product Type: Knorr Sauces / Soups
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Knorr Stock Pots
Member Name: KLockwood75
Knorr Stock Pots
Advantages: Adds flavour and intensity, easy to use
Disadvantages: Bit too salty, can be slow to dissolve
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.
Summary: A kitchen short-cut that brings out the flavour of your food