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Kalyn’s Kitchen Picks: Better Than Bouillon Organic Vegetable Base

If you don’t have time to make your own vegetable stock, Better Than Bouillon Organic Vegetable Base is a good substitute.

You may have noticed there’s a little more emphasis on meatless recipes around here the last six months or so.  No, I’m not planning to become a vegetarian, but I am trying to use less meat in my cooking.  And truthfully, some of my very favorite foods are vegetables, and with increased evidence that less meat is good for our bodies and good for the planet, it’s not something I find hard to do.

In the process of cooking more meatless dishes I’ve discovered this vegetable base product that I think has much better flavor than canned vegetable stock.  The vegetable base from Better Than Bouillon is organic and low sodium, and the ingredient list is filled with natural foods.  The product has 2 carbs per teaspoon, but since I use it in very small amounts to add flavor, I’m not worried about that.  I am planning to try making my own vegetable stock from scraps that I save in the freezer, but meanwhile this product is what I’m using when I need a little vegetable broth for a recipe.

(Edit: Shirley from Gluten Free Easily tells me that Better than Bouillon no longer guarantees their products are gluten-free, so it won’t work for people who have to avoid gluten.)

Who Else Likes This Product:

In Praise of Better Than Bouillon from The Kitchn
Bacon and Kale Risotto with a Fried Egg from Healthy Delicious
Ragu Sauce from Kokblog
Gift from the Kitchen Gods:  Better than Bouillon from The Garden of Eating
Red Chile Sauce for Tamales from Herbivoracious
Quick Vegetarian Meals, Part 1 from You Are What You Eat

Recipes from Kalyn’s Kitchen with Vegetable Broth:

Spicy Vegan Black Bean Soup with Cilantro and Green Tabasco
Vegan Lentil Chili with Roasted Red Peppers, Olives, and Green Onion
Vegetarian Lentil Soup with Spinach, Tomatoes, and Cumin
Red Lentil, Chickpea, and Tomato Soup with Smoked Tomato
Mexican Red Lentil Stew with Rice and Cilantro (Vegan)

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    22 Comments on “Kalyn’s Kitchen Picks: Better Than Bouillon Organic Vegetable Base”

  1. This product lists “malted barley extract (gluten)” in the ingredients list. Maltodextrin is gluten free, but malted barley is definitely not. It appears that while none of the Superior Touch bullions are tested, there are only two that intentionally contain gluten.

    • I just checked the one in my fridge and it definitely says Maltodextrin, not malted barley extract for this product.

  2. I tried the vegetable base and love it! I stopped eating meat and pork over 20 years ago and more recently chicken and fish. This adds such wonderful flavor to veggie soups. I just wonder if it contains msg and if msg is really as dangerous as I hear. Thanks!
    Diane from Miami, Fl

    • I love the vegetable one as well! Personally I don't believe MSG is harmful; it's used all over Asia. But there are a lot of opinions about that! Not sure if this has MSG but I don't see it on the label.

  3. Kalyn–I did want to follow up and say that while Superior Touch, the makers of Better than Bouillon, say that they don't test for gluten, the ingredients in this product are gluten free. I use their "gluten free by ingredients" products all the time. It would be helpful for folks to read their FAQs here: http://www.superiortouch.com/retail/faq There it is stated that their maltodextrin is made from corn and that they label for all gluten ingredients (wheat, rye, and barley), not just wheat as is required by law (because it's one of the Top 8 allergens). It might be helpful to add that link to the post, but I do appreciate the kind mention!


  4. I love this better than bouillon brand! I use it all the time in my recipes. I swear by this brand to my friends and love the No-Beef version as a beef broth substitute.
    – Melita

  5. Thanks Shirley, I will mention that in the post and credit you for the info!

  6. Kalyn, I use Better than Bouillon products all the time and love them! By law, wheat has to be shown on the ingredients label, so if the maltodextrin was made from wheat, that would be shown on the label, BUT from the Gluten-Free Living website: "“Maltodextrin is gluten free. It can be made from a variety of starches, including corn, potato, rice or wheat. However the source does not matter because maltodextrin is such a highly processed ingredient that the protein is removed, rendering it gluten free. If wheat is used to make maltodextrin, “wheat” will be appear on the label. Even in this case, the maltodextrin would be gluten free.” Better than Bouillon used to identify all of their products that were gluten free (I believe some of their crockery products do contain gluten), but now I don't see any products identified as gluten free on their site, probably because they don't test and can't ensure that the products are safe. Many of us who are gluten free use Better than Bouillon products safely though. 🙂


  7. Wanda I bought it at Costco on 300 West, but when I went there this Friday they didn't have it. I'm hoping they will get it again!

  8. I bought both the Beef and Chicken base and love it but I have not seen this Vegetable Base…Where did you buy it, Kalyn?

  9. I have not seen this around yet, but will certainly look for it 🙂

  10. Tabitha I did notice that but when I googled Maltodextrin it did say it was often made from wheat, so I don't want to say it's gluten-free if there's any chance it might not be.

  11. It says on the website that the maltodextrin is made from corn on the ingredient list, so it should be safe. I mean, they do go to the trouble of specifically state that it's from corn but they may not be able to/willing to do the testing for the actual GF label. I haven't had the vegetable version but the mushroom base is calling me. I already adore the chicken base.

  12. I see this product has lots of fans besides me! I'm glad I can let people know about it who haven't tried it.

  13. I've used this many times, with two of us here I sometimes end up throwing some out. One of my favorite brands is Pacific Foods broths (Pacificfoods.com). I especially like their vegetable broth-it's great for everything that calls for liquid, and it comes in a 4 pack (I have poached chicken breast in the vegetable broth and it is great). The 3 pack cost a little more, but sometimes I only need a cup, so there is no waste.

  14. The canned vegetable broth is so tasteless, so I'm glad to hear about this. I'll have to look for it at Costco the next time I'm there.

  15. I use this base all the time. Like you said it has lots more flavor. Our Costco only carries the organic chicken base which I like the best. I also try to eat and prepare less meat. Veggies are so much better anyways.

  16. LOVE this product! I use the chicken and beef too! Costco. The best!!!

  17. Lindsey, I am guessing it's not gluten free.

  18. They had vegetable at Costco the last time I was there! My husband loves the chicken and beef. I'm not sure if it's gluten-free or not, so I have steered clear of it. (I should just pop over to their website and see.)

  19. Grace, last time I went my Costco only had chicken and beef, so I am hoping they will get it again!

  20. I have used this product for years. Sometimes Costco has it on sale and then I stock up. Love it!