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I am always on the lookout for pre-made chicken stock. I don’t have the time to make stocks usually and all of my recipes are created with you in mind (because I assume that you don’t have time either). I generally use a chicken stock from Health Valley because it was the hands down winner in a tasting we held a few years back. It is a fair chicken stock though and nothing like fresh.
A company in Dallas called Copper Stockpot is making a frozen ready to use chicken stock called Rich Chicken Stock. I found this in the freezer case at my local Whole Foods but their website has a way for you to order by phone.
This is a very good stock and one that I will use occasionally. It has a nice clean chicken flavor and best of all there’s no salty, machine flavor. The box says it makes 2 - 3 cups but I tried diluting the one cup that I purchased with a cup of water and that tasted very thin so I didn’t try more water.
The drawback is price. $4.99 for one to two cups of stock is a lot of money and something you might use for a sauce at a dinner party but not for day to day use. Given that many recipes call for more than 2 cups of stock you could spend ten dollars or more. For that money you could buy a chicken and make your own (oops, there’s that time problem again).