Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Real Food Finds: Week 4

If there is one thing I'm learning about looking for real food, it's that it takes time. Time to read the labels, scour the stores, and really pay attention to what's going in my shopping cart. Lately I've been trying out a store that I don't normally shop at, and I'm finding that they carry a lot of specialty items that I can't get elsewhere. Every time I go, I find something cool. What was it this week?

Chicken broth.

In the winter I make a lot of soups and stews to freeze and take for lunches. Ah, you scoff at me-chicken broth can't be that bad, right?

Yep. It can be. Normally I use Campbell's chicken broth, but I've never been happy with the sodium content and the added MSG. Even the 25% less sodium version has 420 mg per 150 ml serving. Yikes!

I don't have the time, or the space, to make my own (not to mention it can get expensive!). Every week when I have shopped, I've checked every single brand of chicken stock I could find, but they seemed all the same. Until this week, when I found...

Kitchen Basics unsalted Chicken Stock. Read these ingredients! Probably the closest I'll ever get to home made (although I wonder what "chicken flavor" is). The sodium listed on the site is even lower on the package in my cupboard, which says there's 90mg of sodium per 2/3 cup serving. Plus it tasted really good, and without all that sodium, I could just add a small amount to suit our tastes.

As I was checking out, the cashier noted that it's the most popular chicken stock that they sell, and commented that many people come to that particular store just to buy this brand.

You are probably thinking that it costs a fortune to buy, that's it's some specialty thing that is ridiculously expensive. Not so. I only paid $3.49, which is the same price as the Campbell's chicken stock. Buoyed by my find, I went home and made a kick ass broccoli cheese soup that Jake declared the most delicious ever.


Have you made any great finds this week?

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