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# The cubes are ok for week-night cooking...
because of the sheer convinience (I find oxo slightly better for beef, knorr better for chicken, and Marigold excellent for vegetable - tub, not pot, that last one)

Some supermarkets now do pots of stock cencentrate, which are much superior to cubes, but without the hassle of making your own. Just dissolve in hot water (my only experience of this is a Beef and Red wine one. Made excellent gravy).

I also believe you can get cartons of fresh stock in the chiller section at some supermarkets nowadays.

If you want to make your own, then typically chuck some meat offcuts into a large pot with water, black pepper corns, peeled onions, carrots(look up various recipes) simmer for a couple of hours, strain, and then be preapred to wipe down your kitchen from all the condensation!
(, Wed 9 Mar 2005, 13:26, archived)
# Thankyou very much
*doffs hat

I shall give it a try!

I'm scared - stock seems so grown up
(, Wed 9 Mar 2005, 13:29, archived)
# My pleasure.
What's the worst that can happen! I've had stocks before now which haven't really worked, have lacked a bit of flavour, so, you just blend with an oxo cube, or something like that! (Mushroom ketchup is also very good for increasing the flavour of homemade stocks - it's a much forgotten ingredient).

Gee, I love cookery hour on b3ta! :)
(, Wed 9 Mar 2005, 13:36, archived)
# In return I'll give you an ace alternative recipe for corned beef hash
Which I did last night (nicked from Delia I'm afraid)

instead of mashing the lot all up so it's a big sloppy mess, cut your spuds into 1cm cubes and boil em for 5 mins - then fry em up with a LOT of onion and a tin of corned beef, which you have cut into chunks and marinaded in 2tbsps worcester sauce and 1tsp grain mustard. Fry the lot up and serve with baked beans - its got a lovely chunky texture and great for when you're feeling poorly (as my boyfriend is at the mo)
(, Wed 9 Mar 2005, 13:43, archived)
# Oooh, lovely. Thankee!
Nice savoury comfort food! :)
(, Wed 9 Mar 2005, 13:57, archived)