Stock cubes are dehydrated stock, pressed into small cubes. They can be made of either vegetable or meat stock. Meat stock cubes are usually made from chicken or beef stock. Vegetable stock cubes are usually vegetarian and vegan-friendly but it always best to check the packaging.
Stock cubes are great because they last for so long and because they are so small they are easier to store. To use them simply crumble into some boiling water and stir until they dissolved. The amount of water may vary depending on the make.
They are commonly used in soups, stews and sauces. Try adding a stock cube when you are making rice or couscous to increase the flavour!
You can also use stock cubes to make gravy! In a pan dissolve a stock cube in some water and then stir in some cornflour whisking vigorously over a low heat until you have the desired consistency!
Most stock cubes are gluten-free but if you have a glutin allergy or intolerance it is always best to check the label first!
Stock cubes tend to have high sodium level making them not suitable for young children and babies as it isn’t good for their kidneys.
Stock cubes are also available in granulated, powdered, and liquid form.
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