Penzeys calls these "soup bases", but they're really more of a concentrated stock or bouillon. A few scoops dissolved in a pot of water is instant soup awesomeness. And with Penzeys reputation for high quality spices and products, we have no doubt that this will be true.
Penzeys has seven different bases in their line-up: beef, chicken, turkey, ham, seafood, pork, and vegetable. These all come in 8-ounce jars and do not require refrigeration. There are some preservatives in there, but the first ingredient listed on every single label is what comes in the jar. The turkey stock is made with turkey; the beef with beef; and so on.
The ham is specified on the packaging as "smoked," an intriguing concept for the times when we don't have a ham hock around for adding that flavor to beans and soups. We're also curious to try the seafood soup base since we very rarely have enough leftover shrimp or lobster shells to make our own stock.
We're hoping to pick up a jar from our local brick-and-mortar Penzeys sometime in the next few weeks and will definitely report back on our findings.
Has anyone tried these yet? What do you think?
• Find Them: Soup Bases from Penzeys, $8.39 for a 12-ounce jar