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Come Thanksgiving and the holidays and suddenly the broths take center stage.

Too busy to make them from scratch and not brave enough to face the taste of salt, metal or other seasoning?  San Francisco's Savory Creations has come up with a solution:  a new chicken broth concentrate that has no MSG, is gluten-free and is prepared with natural ingredients. “It tastes like roasted chicken – in liquid form,” writes  Carolyn Jung of the Mercury News.

Indeed Savory Creations has a homemade flavor and doesn’t have as much sodium as other canned or cubed products. And even if you make your own chicken soup, sometimes it doesn’t have the depth of flavor that you want..,” said Carole Kotkin, Culinary Director of the Ocean Reef Cooking School and a food columnist for the Miami Herald, after trying the product. “ A pack of their soup makes it come alive,” she added.

Savory Choices comes with a range of different broths -  all-natural chicken, turkey, beef and vegetable broth reduced down to create a concentrate, without additives. The package is easy to store and use – they come packed in tiny stick pouches, 12 to a box. Each mixed with one cup of water makes one cup of broth. They sell for about $6.

 You can use the concentrates in a number of ways to make soups other than chicken soup and to bring up the flavor in dishes. I make a delicious quinoa pilaf or a risotto by squeezing a pouch of either chicken, beef or vegetable concentrate in the boiling water. 

I like the fact that there’s no waste, since they are measured by cup, including the demi-glace concentrate. “Demi glace is a wonderful thing to have on hand,” explains Mr. Kotkin.   It can bring home cooking up to a restaurant level in just one squeeze instead of reducing a homemade stock for hours and hours.”     

But again, the holidays are coming up and here are some tips to make a yummy gravy with the Savory Choice turkey broth to deglaze the pan and make the gravy.

According to Mr. Kotkin’s recipe:  dissolve 2 stick pouches of turkey broth in 2 cups of water;  pour off all but 2 Tbsp fat from roasting pan; add 2 Tbsp flour and stir with wooden spoon scraping the bottom of the roasting pan. Then add the turkey broth, bring to a boil, whisk briskly and pour through a strainer…

Savory Choice broths are sold at Whole Foods Markets, Publix, Winn Dixie and other major and gourmet markets.  Savory Creations International is a subsidiary of Meto Corp., a food export company in business for more than 30 years in the Bay Area.