The Best Store-Bought Broths

It's a pantry all-star that helps you get your soups (and gravies) on. So which should you turn to for holiday cooking? Real Simple slurped more than 80 varieties to find the best.

1

Best Low-Sodium Chicken

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365 Low Sodium Chicken Broth
Minimal salt (75 percent less than regular varieties) makes this choice a versatile blank canvas, ready to be reduced in sauces without danger of becoming too rich.

To buy: $2 for 32 ounces, at Whole Foods Market.

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2

Best Turkey

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Williams-Sonoma Turkey Stock Concentrate
Pricey, yes, but this potent potion makes up to 1 gallon of hearty stock when diluted with water. Only need a cup for gravy? The opened jar will last for 6 months in the refrigerator. Do the math!

To buy: $20 for 6 ounces, williams-sonoma.com.

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3

Best Beef

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Trader Joe's Organic Beef Broth
In a category full of bitter, salty, or artificially caramel-colored duds, this winner balanced genuine beef flavor with a smooth aftertaste.

To buy: $2.50 for 32 ounces, at supermarkets.

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4

Best Vegetable

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365 Organic Vegetable Broth
Carrots, onion, celery, and mushrooms are cooked down into a tasty, multilayered base sure to make any vegetarian soup satisfying.

To buy: $2.50 for 32 ounces, at Whole Foods Market.

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5

Best Low-Sodium Vegetable

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Pacific Simply Organic Unsalted Vegetable Stock
Six ingredients (including water) give this entry a fresh, just-made flavor. Bonus: The small container (a quarter of the size of most) is easy to use up without waste.

To buy: $1.80 for 8 ounces, at supermarkets and vitacost.com.

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6

Best Chicken

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Swanson Chicken Stock
This pick has a pleasant umami finish, thanks to a higher concentration of chicken (not additives) than others have.

To buy: $3 for 26 ounces, at supermarkets.

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