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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
on February 26, 2011
I haven't been a vegetarian for over a decade, but I still make a lot of vegetarian meals. Better Than Bouillon (BTB) is one of my go-to ingredients for adding flavor to vegetable soup and stock, and also less expected dishes like pasta, or braised veggies and even stir-fry sauces. Though shelf-stable when you buy it, the BTB needs to be refrigerated once open. I keep mine in the door of the fridge for easy access, and can fit three or four varieties of BTB in the shelf where eggs are meant to be stored. Though it takes up space in the fridge, it gives me lots more room in my pantry and freezer, since I'm no longer storing boxes, cans or jars of broth.

I also like the flexibility to use the amount I need for a specific recipe. I wouldn't always open a huge box of broth if I only wanted a splash of it to loosen a stew, for example, but I can easily use a 1/2 tsp of BTB in water and dilute my gravies without diluting their flavor as well. You'd be surprised how many places you can ramp up flavor with this product. I often use it in place of salt as well, particularly in saucy dishes where it blends easily. The sodium content is comparable to other bouillon I've seen, but the flavor seems richer, so less is required overall.

I'm not a nutritionist but I feel like I should comment on the reviews which blast BTB for adding MSG; as far as I can tell from my research, they don't add MSG. Now, not *adding* MSG is not the same as not *having* any MSG, which is I think what confuses and frustrates some people. MSG is a naturally occurring compound in some foods, but can also be isolated and added into foods where it doesn't naturally occur. BTB *does* contain ingredients that have natural MSG in them, therefore it has some natural MSG as well, but is stating the truth when they say they don't use MSG as an additive.

For what it's worth, completely avoiding MSG in a typical American diet can be quite a challenge. I've gotten really horrid migraines for a long time and spent years cutting out all kinds of different foods, including MSG, to try to decrease the frequency of my headaches. For me, MSG can make pain worse, but doesn't cause it to occur altogether. My husband, being a thoughtful man, has made soups for me using BTB when I've been knocked out due to a migraine, and with the quantities we use in our cooking, I haven't had any problems. Of course, your experience may differ.

Overall, I highly recommend Better Than Bouillon's Vegetable Base. It's an excellent way to add flavor to dishes, easy to use and undeniably better for you than most traditional bouillon cubes.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on February 7, 2009
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For my fellow southerners who like to make a homemade pot of Red Beans & Rice, flavor your water with this vegetable base. It's delicious! Everyone always comments on how good my Red Beans are. I buy the Camelia brand red beans, follow the directions on the label, but also add this flavoring to the water. You'll love it!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on February 18, 2008
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I have used this product now for a number of years. If you do alot of cooking and always need vegetable or chicken stock, this is all natural, no MSG(like alot of broths on the shelves), and is fantastic!!!!! You only need 1 tsp. for 8oz. water,so its a great deal! Think about switching, you'll be glad you did,I promise!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on August 26, 2008
I love all their bases: chicken, veg, mushroom and beef. Use sparingly, they are salty but so concentrated you don't need much. Keeps great in the frig.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on May 21, 2011
First, the actual product: Love this stuff. Tastier than bouillon cubes, easier to deal with, and the price is comparable given the large number of servings. We live in a vegan household and wouldn't ever be caught without it. Having said that, it's usually about half this price at the grocery store, not quite sure why Amazon's costs so much.

Second, to the MSG haters: there is going to be no such thing as an MSG-free broth unless you make it yourself. Make sure you leave out all naturally-occuring sources of it as well. Furthermore, a cursory search for medical journal articles doesn't turn up any reputable sources concluding that MSG consumed in the quantities found in this kind of product possess any adverse health effects. If you'd like to share some citations, I'll be listening. In the meantime, I'm going to continue to use this product in every soup/gravy/ice cream topping I eat.
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29 of 40 people found the following review helpful
on September 28, 2011
For those of you who are acting so hyper about MSG, consider this. All cheese, meat products, soy sauce (including the naturally brewed shoyu without added MSG), oysters, clams, mollusks in general, and tomatoes are LOADED with MSG. This is a naturally occurring substance in many fermented or aged products. If you can eat cheese, enjoy your tomatoes, and tolerate naturally fermented soy sauce, think again about MSG reactions. This info is coming from a biochemist and a physician who does a lot of nutritional therapy. There are a lot of myths that are still being perpetuated, and this is no exception. Even the tongue contains taste buds that are specific for detecting MSG. So it's in your genes!

As for this soup base, it's fabulous!!

If you still have issues about the thought of consuming ANY MSG, then be prepared to stop eating all deli products, any mollusk, anything with soy sauce or other fermented bean product (including black beans, other soy bean products like miso, etc.), any aged milk curd, and anything containing a tomato, including pizza. If you truly believe in the MSG ban, then put your money where your mouth is!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
I am a vegetarian. I do not eat a lot of mass-produced food. But there are times when you need ready-made stock. I am not on a low-sodium diet and I like salt.

This is an extremely salty product with a dominant metallic aftertaste that can make food unpalatable. It ruined a fresh tomato soup recently. It has a very weird taste.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 27, 2014
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Add layers of flavor to soups, stews, vegetables when you cook. This is the absolute best bouillon ever! Forget what you remember about the old bouillon sand try this one! It is a kitchen staple for me.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on April 16, 2014
I love this stuff. I use it all the time and it's a great alternative to lugging home boxes of good vegetable broth. I bought this from Amazon recently, not remembering how much it was at my local grocery store. Went shopping yesterday and found it for $3.25!!! A third of the price! And its not as if this is some exotic product that I'm paying a premium for because it's shipped from Argentina. It's a real shame that Amazon is ripping us off like this, because now I'm questioning everything else I buy here, thinking I'm getting a good deal.

$9, plus the privilege of getting "free" shipping (that I pay $80 a year for), but only if I add it to another purchase...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 13, 2013
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As long time vegetarians (more than 30 years) you get to know products that are meat free. My wife is the most wonderful cook in the world, making soups that people would die for, and of course veggie soups need a little adder at times. She regularly uses Marmite, which adds a nice rich meaty flavor, but she absolutely swears by the Better Than Bullion string of products with the Vegetable Base a favorite. I must say that her soups are absolutely amazing, and I think this base is a significant adder to those culinary delights. You can't go wrong with Better Than Bullion products.
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