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Better Than Bouillon - Ham Base - 8 oz

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  • Made primarily from meat or vegetables
  • Highly Concentrated
  • 0.5g Fat per Serving
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Ham, water added(ham, water, dextrose, salt, corn syrup solids, sodium phosphate, sodium erythorbate, sodium nitrate), salt, hydrolyzed soy protein, sugar, dried onion and garlic, natural smoke flavor, corn starch, corn oil, soy flour, spice extractive.

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Better Than Bouillon Ham Base!

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  • Item Weight: 8 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B00016LA8E
  • UPC: 098308002093
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,285 in Grocery & Gourmet Food (See Top 100 in Grocery & Gourmet Food)
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Boy, was I glad to finally find it!
THarp
This base makes the best navy bean or split pea soup no need for ham bones.
Marla L. Borman
One jar had leaked and they made it right!
Thomas Phillips

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 17, 2004
This is great stuff. All their products are great IMO. I always wondered how all the restaurants had such great stocks and flavored dishes. I delivered this product to many well known eateries and finally found it in stores. It's one of my secrets to great gravy soups or added flavor to any dish.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Barbie D on May 8, 2008
This is our second order, on a recommendation from a friend. Fat Free you get the same flavor as a "ham bone" in vegetables, soups etc., Wish it was available in my local grocery store. Other products are, but not the ham base!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By V. Valle on April 4, 2008
I bought the Ham Base at a specialty store just to see what it was like. One use was all it took to get me hooked! I use the ham base in my beans, and it adds a rich flavor to my broth. If you make beans or bean soup, give a try. you won't regret it!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By BJH in CO on August 29, 2011
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Very tasty. I put it in my pot of crock pot beans and it gave them a great flavor. I would advise anyone to use it.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By nycquine on November 21, 2008
This base makes the tastiest soup. I'm so glad I found it!
But although it is fat free, lower sodium, and free of MSG, why the corn syrup?!?
Disappointing.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nancy on November 30, 2012
I've been using the "Better than Bouillon" products for some years now, and especially appreciate the ham base! Raised on traditional Southern cooking, I was delighted to find something that gives me that flavour without having to use fatty smoked pork. "Cook's Illustrated" recently rated "Better Than Bouillon" very highly. It's also very convenient. Once open, I recommend keeping them in the freezer.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Erik B. Walker on July 19, 2009
Ham Base is one of the best products for a low-fat, low-calorie or even low-carbohydrate (high-protein) diet. A few teaspoons of this product dumped into the water in which you're cooking any beans, cabbage, brussel sprouts and the like makes the veggies taste like they've been cooked with ham hocks. No fat. Low calorie. Do keep track of the number of servings they claim are in one jar and multiply that by the per-serving calorie-count; the jar has a few more calories than you might think. But you can use the Ham-Base-treated water more than once, and not all the Ham Base gets into your veggies.

This is a miraculous product for dieters who don't like plain veggies. Why in the world do grocery stores serve all the less desirable "Better than Bouillon" products and not this one?
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By KatyKatIL TOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 25, 2011
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I'd never heard of this type of base before my husband was in culinary school. They used a different
brand, and a beef base had given a certain dish a flavor I'd had in restaurants that was missing in home cooking.

One thing to note - while these bases all say "no added MSG" it does NOT mean they are MSG-free!
It means they didn't ADD any straight MSG. They still have hydrolyzed items in them, which are a form of MSG.
If you are sensitive to it or allergic to MSG, then heads-up, you might be careful about base products.

That being said...

I'd never personally used it before, so was not really familiar with it. I had a great soup recipe that I wanted
to try, but it called for vegetable stock. There was not a drop of stock in the house of ANY kind, so I thought
about my new ham base. I stirred several spoonfuls up in a separate bowl with very hot water, but I probably didn't
have to do it that way. I then added it to my soup, which had lentils, sweet potatoes, apples, regular potatoes, onions
and carrots. I figured ham would work with any of those items individually, so should be okay together.
Wow! The soup was SO GOOD! The ham base gave it a nice, smokey flavor. You'd have thought I put a ham bone with meat
in there with the other ingredients!

The base does have to be refrigerated once it is opened. I put the date on ours with a sharpie, but of course,
that isn't super necessary.

All in all, this was very tasty. I'll be trying it with soup beans and cornbread next.
As long as you watch out for the salt/MSG content, you'll be okay. If you are not sensitive to such things,
then it'll be okay. I can tell you that both my husband and I have problems with MSG, but did not seem to have
any effects from this base.
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