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.
Best Low-Sodium Chicken
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.
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.
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.
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.
Best Low-Sodium Vegetable
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.
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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