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#1 kt1969

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Posted 14 June 2012 - 05:37 PM

Hi,

I am looking for chicken broth that is W30 compliant. I looked at about 6 brands today in 2 different stores and they all have sugar or honey or potato starch or something they shouldn't. Anyone know of a brand that is okay, and also where to find that brand?

Thanks!

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Posted 14 June 2012 - 05:41 PM

The brand called "Imagine" and I buy mine at Whole Foods. I am not sure if each of the different kinds Imagine makes are totally compliant, but I have purchased the chicken and beef broth and they were compliant. Just be sure to double check those ingredients.

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Posted 14 June 2012 - 05:53 PM

I get the Kirkland brand Organic Chicken Stock from Costco. There is no sugar but lists "Natural Flavor" as one of the ingredients. Is this ok?

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Posted 14 June 2012 - 06:06 PM

That is a darn good question, pdc4. I wonder about that too - like, do I need to stay clear of product with that "natural flavoring" in the ingredients. Drives me nuts. I always think that means I should stay away. When in doubt, I put it back on the shelfy.

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Posted 14 June 2012 - 06:50 PM

I take "natural flavoring" at face value and accept it as clean.

Before I started making my own chicken broth, I used the Imagine brand of ORGANIC broth. The Imagine broth that was not organic had cane juice (sugar). Whole Foods always has the Imagine organic and I found one other brand there once. I never found broth without sugar at a regular grocery store.

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Posted 20 January 2014 - 09:25 PM

The broth topic is very frustrating for me....

 

I use a LOT of broth in my weekly cook-ups.  Easily one-half gallon or more.  I'm feeding a lot of mouths, while also trying to build my freezer stock for those weekends that cooking doesn't work out. 

 

As you said Tom, the local groceries in my area do not carry a compliant version. There is a Whole Foods in driving distance, but that is also frustrating.  I live in the suburbs of Houston and it takes at least 25-35 minutes each way (with little to no traffic) on the weekends.  The visit to Whole Foods typically takes 2+ hours round-trip. 

 

My issue with making broth at home is the volume of chicken parts (and the cooking time) required.  In general, I tend to stick to deconstructed chicken because it is easier and much faster to cook.  So, I don't often end up with carcasses/ feet/ necks.

 

Can anyone recommend an easier way?



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Posted 21 January 2014 - 12:42 AM

MrsKT - Amazon sells the Imagine Organic broth. Delivery right to your door! :)



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Posted 22 January 2014 - 07:30 PM

Sadly, it appears the Imagine Organic chicken broth lists safflower oil in the ingredients. It's one of the vegetable oils that is listed as "reluctanty allowed" on the Whole30, and specifically not to be used at home (only for "emergency" restaurant dining.)  If folks are using as much chicken broth as they say they are, I'd be wary of even that brand, even though it seems "better" than the rest.  :(

 

Guess I'll go to the local asian market and pick up some chicken feet to make broth out of.  They're cheap, and you will not believe the amazing flavor it has!



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Posted 22 January 2014 - 08:03 PM

@MrsKT I've used this method to get a lot of broth out of one chicken/beef bones

 

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Posted 22 January 2014 - 08:12 PM

If you have a Meijer, they have a compliant brand:  http://www.meijer.co...2-oz/_/R-118103

 

Also, Costo's organic brand is compliant.  



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Posted 22 January 2014 - 09:00 PM

@MrsKT I've used this method to get a lot of broth out of one chicken/beef bones

 

http://nourishedkitc...oth-youll-make/

 

Yes this is what I would suggest as well! If you can buy the odd bits you only need about 2 lbs of bones. I've gotten good broth from a frozen package of chicken necks and great broth from a frozen package of chicken feet. You can also save bones from your meals and bone in meat tends to be more cost effective than boneless.


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Posted 24 January 2014 - 03:32 AM

I always use my roast chicken bones :)

 

Some butchers will even give you bones for free when they're frozen (they can only fit so many in the freezer).

 

All the compliant broth I've found is very expensive and pretty crappy, doesn't gel or contain much gelatin.

 

A big slow cooker makes it really easy, I bought a large one specially for making bone broth. If you can't afford one, check if family and friends have old cookers they don't want. Lots of people have spare ones hiding in cupboards that they'd gladly give away.


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Posted 06 February 2014 - 11:28 PM

I think I finally just found a grocery-store brand of chicken stock that looks compliant!
 

Medford Farms Homestyle Chicken Stock - All Natural

 

The label says "All Natural, Gluten Free, Lactose Free & Soy Free. No Fillers, No Artificial Colors or Flavors, No Preservatives"

 

Ingredients: chicken stock, mirepoix stock (made of carrots, celery and onion stocks), sea salt, gelatin, chicken fat, chicken, chicken skin, tapioca starch. 

 

I was worried about the tapioca starch, but when I Google "Whole30 tapioca starch" I get two links. One to Facebook where the "Whole30 Administrator" says its fine to use as a thickener, but not in baked goods, and another link to the forums where one of the mods says it would be an okay substitute for arrowroot powder for thickening.

 

So.... think it's a safe bet?

 

 

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Posted 07 February 2014 - 02:44 AM

yes, the ingredients you list are fine. That said, no boxed broth beats homemade bone broth from a nutrition standpoint.



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Posted 07 February 2014 - 05:46 AM

I absolutely agree. But I do love the convenience of having this stashed in the pantry for "emergencies"! 

 

I used it tonight. Tasty, but nothing to write home about. On par with Swanson or other major brand.






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