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Is Better Than Bouillon On The Ropes?

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    Posted: 01 July 2020 at 01:02

As many of you know, there are several of us who have lauded Better Than Bouillon to the skies.  Alas, I fear that’s over.

Awhile back I opened a new jar of their Roasted Beef flavor. It didn’t look right. The color was off, being an anemic brown instead of the deep black I’m used to. And the consistency was grainy.

Perhaps, I thought, they’d changed the formula, and tried to use it.  My spoon barely entered the paste when it was stopped by something hard.  Scraping away the paste, I encountered a hard, white, plastic-like disc, which was like a cap covering the contents about a quarter inch down.

Turns out, this was a disc of hardened fat, about an eighth of an inch thick.

Not wanting to take a chance, I tossed it.  Friend Wife went to the store to replace it.  The new jar, though lacking the plastic disc, had the same pale color and grainy texture.

I immediately emailed the company, explaining the problem, and asking for an explanation. That was almost four months ago, and, to date, I’ve not heard back from them.

Now, I know the Covid thing has put everyone in the weeds, and can understand delays from customer service people.  But, when we’re talking about a potential problem involving food safety, four months is unconscionable.

I’ve stopped using BTB flavor bases altogether, as a result, and have been searching for a replacement.  One that, after limited use, I've been pleased with is the kitchen Accomplice brand.

These are more liquid-like than the paste type like BTB.  But they seem to be richer.  Stock made from their chicken flavor had more taste, and had the yellow I remember from my Mom’s home-made stuff. 

As a side benefit, it’s somewhat lower in sodium than the BTB.

I haven’t used the Kitchen Accomplice bases enough, yet, to fully endorse them. But, so far, I’m happy with them. 

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Thanks for the heads up Brook...I'll have to check out that Kitchen Accomplice brand.
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Yes, thanks for the update! I'll definitely be on the lookout for the kitchen accomplice brand. I too have noticed that the chicken BTB that I always use has been a lot more granular. I hadn't notice a change in flavor, but I hadn't really been looking for it either. I like the idea of lower sodium for sure though. 
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Just keep in mind that the Kitchen Accomplice is a liquid, not the paste of BTB.  So it takes twice as much; 2 teaspoons per cup as opposed to one.  But the squeeze bottle claims the same number of servings as BTB, at a comparable or slightly lower cost.  

I need to get over to their web site.  Locally, only chicken and beef are available, but I'm confident there are others. 
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Haven't bought BTB lately (too pricey) but agree that it was about the best. Tone's Soup Bases were about the same. You might try them if you can find them. Used to be available at Sam's Club. Don't know if they still are. I lost access to SC years ago.
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Good tip, Tom.  I'll check it out next time we're at Sam's.

European friends swear by Knorr bases. But I've never seen anything but their cubes and powders here in the States.

BTW, I checked the Kitchen Accomplice site, and they offer a vegetable base as well. 
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Anybody tried this? https://www.penzeys.com/online-catalog/chicken-soup-base/c-24/p-1628/pd-s

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