Question: Can you use bouillon when a recipe calls for broth? What is the ratio?

Answer: You can substitute bouillon cubes or granules in most recipes that call for broth or stock. The recommended equivalent measure is to dissolve 1 bouillon cube (or 1 teaspoon of bouillon granules) in 8 ounces of boiling water for every 1 cup of broth. Bouillon, like many canned chicken broths, can be high in sodium (1 cube of Wyler's chicken bouillon has about 880 milligrams of sodium). To reduce the sodium, I generally add 1 cube for every 1 cup boiling water. Wyler's and other brands also have lower-sodium bouillon containing 560 milligrams of sodium per 1 cube and sodium-free bouillon.

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Better Than Bouillon is a soup-base product I came across 10 years ago when it was called for in a recipe. Chicken, beef, mushroom and vegetable are the most common bases sold at many local grocery stores. An 8-ounce jar is about $5.50. Better Than Bouillon base has a paste consistency; you mix 1 teaspoon with 8 ounces of water for the equivalent of 1 cup of broth. The chicken base has a great flavor and is ideal for soups. It's made by Superior Touch and, according to their Web site www.superiortouch.com, they also have reduced-sodium varieties. Look for the jars in the soup aisle.