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AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Sun 07-Oct-12 15:28:04

This thread is for the Mumsnetters who have been trying out the new Stock Melts from Bisto with their family.
We have some questions for you to answer but we'd love to hear about how you are using them over the next couple of weeks.
Do post links to any recipes you use them in and give the family feedback on taste as well!

All testers who add feedback to this thread will be entered into a prize draw where one winner will receive a £100 Amazon voucher.
If you're not a tester but have any queries of Bisto or with a tester please do post it and we will endeavour to get a response.

Q1. What were your initial impressions of the Bisto Stock Melts?
Q2. How was it using the Stock Melts? How did this compare to using a cube or other stock?
Q3. Did you and your family notice any difference in the taste of the dish compared to your usual recipe?
Q4. Did you and your family like the taste of the Stock Melts or not? Did it make the flavour any richer/deeper or not? How would you describe the flavour of the Stock Melts?
Q5. Which dishes did you use the Bisto Stock Melts in? Which recipes are you planning on using them in?
Q6. The RRP of the Bisto Stock Melts is £1.89 for a pack of 6, do you think you will buy them again or not? If so why? If not, why not?
Q7. If it came up in conversation, would you recommend the Bisto Stock Melts to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not?

Thanks and good luck with the prize draw.

MNHQ

My box came yesterday smile

I will add my feedback soon <excited>

My box arrived this week and i was really chuffed with the joseph joseph utensils. Have cooked a few meals but only with the beef ones so i'll post more when i've tried the others. I like them so far but they turned very watery in the slow cooker.

So far...

Q1. What were your initial impressions of the Bisto Stock Melts?
I actually cheated and eyed these up in Tesco before mine came. The packaging is distinctive, and it seemed like they have a lower salt content to the competitors. This factor alone would have made them my stock of choice.

The fact that the meat pots promote real meat juices was another eye ctching point.

Q2. How was it using the Stock Melts? How did this compare to using a cube or other stock?
They were very easy to use. In some dishes I just lobbed them in, and in others I made up the stock. They dissolved well in both dishes and boiling water and smelt gorgeous. I find that the knorr pots leave a lot of sediment when making up the stock, but this wasn't the case with Bisto. The only slight issue I had was that they didn't always come away cleanly from the pots, and I had to scrape out the last few bits with a spoon.

Q3. Did you and your family notice any difference in the taste of the dish compared to your usual recipe?
Definitely. They added a deeper, richer taste to all of the beef dishes I cooked. The risotto I made with the chicken stock was noticeably less salty than when I have used other stock. The DCs ate their teas at an alarmingly fast rate each time!

Q4. Did you and your family like the taste of the Stock Melts or not? Did it make the flavour any richer/deeper or not? How would you describe the flavour of the Stock Melts?
Definitely - see above. I can only think of "meaty" to describe the flavour - more poetically "an additional dimension without the traditional stock saltiness". I haven't used the veggie ones yet.

Q5. Which dishes did you use the Bisto Stock Melts in? Which recipes are you planning on using them in?
So far we have made cottage pies, spag bog (both with the beef) and chicken risotto with the chicken stock. I'm planning a veg risotto and a pasta and sauce dish with the veggie ones.

Q6. The RRP of the Bisto Stock Melts is £1.89 for a pack of 6, do you think you will buy them again or not? If so why? If not, why not?
Definitely. I love dishes with stock, but avoid them usually because of the overpowering saltiness. I find that when I make my own stock it's usually bland, so these are a fabulous addition to my kitchen.

Q7. If it came up in conversation, would you recommend the Bisto Stock Melts to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not?
I already have! My Dad is a keen cook. He's going to try the veggie ones on my recommendation. Again, it was the superb flavours without the saltiness that made me suggest them to him.

NinthWave Sun 07-Oct-12 18:29:15

Marking my place to come back and write up my answers after DC are in bed later

Hulababy Sun 07-Oct-12 18:30:43

Thanks again for the tester boxes and also the fab Joseph Joseph utensils!

Received my box on Friday so will start using this week.

Q1. What were your initial impressions of the Bisto Stock Melts?

That they were nicely packaged and looked expensive.

Q2. How was it using the Stock Melts? How did this compare to using a cube or other stock?

They melted well and were easy to scoop out of the little tub. Normally I have to slice up my usual brand of stock cube in order for it to dissolve evenly.

Q3. Did you and your family notice any difference in the taste of the dish compared to your usual recipe?

Absolutely! It made the meal taste amazing - much better than my usual stock cubes.

Q4. Did you and your family like the taste of the Stock Melts or not? Did it make the flavour any richer/deeper or not? How would you describe the flavour of the Stock Melts?

Very much so. The flavours were much deeper than we are used to and we loved it. The flavours are extremely meaty without being salty.

Q5. Which dishes did you use the Bisto Stock Melts in? Which recipes are you planning on using them in?

So far, I've used the beef in a meatball sauce and the chicken in an Irish Stew. I'm planning on using them in vegetable soup, spaghetti bolognese, spaghetti carbonara, cottage pie and beef casserole next week.

Q6. The RRP of the Bisto Stock Melts is £1.89 for a pack of 6, do you think you will buy them again or not? If so why? If not, why not?

I think the price is quite reasonable for the enhanced quality of the food. I will definitely buy them when I can afford to - I do have weeks when the value stock cubes will have to do sad

Q7. If it came up in conversation, would you recommend the Bisto Stock Melts to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not?

Yes, definitely as I thought I was a pretty good cook already but these improve the flavour of my food so much. I would be happy to serve up a meal containing these stock melts at a dinner party.

Thank you so much for the opportunity to try them and for the gorgeous gifts! They're very much appreciated!

CouthyMowWearingOrange Sun 07-Oct-12 20:36:21

Q1. I like the fact that the packaging is resealable, which is a vast improvement on the frankly dire packaging of my usual brand.

Q2. It dissolved well, no residue at the bottom of the jug. As simple to use as my usual brand.

Q3. Yes, we liked it. Flavour was deeper and richer than my usual brand. The chicken one is very chickeny!

Q4. As above, the chicken one tastes of roast chicken.

Q5. I made my own chicken risotto, rather than the one on the box. I am planning a vegetable soup and a cottage pie. Haven't done them yet as I have been ill.

Q6. In my supermarket (Tesco), they are 10p dearer a box than the RRP, as they are £1.99. Whether I will buy them again depends on a price comparison with my usual brand. Though I won't be buying them as regularly, and will still have to buy my usual brand more often as the Bisto ones aren't Gluten Free. Still think the Bisto ones taste nicer though!

Q7. Yes, I would recommend them to friends and family because they are easy to use and taste better than the other main brand.

Q1. What were your initial impressions of the Bisto Stock Melts?
Nice packaging, would look good on shelf & attract buyers I think

Q2. How was it using the Stock Melts? How did this compare to using a cube or other stock?
Easy to use, dissolved easily

Q3. Did you and your family notice any difference in the taste of the dish compared to your usual recipe?
We all thought they gave a nice flavour, although I did need to season a bit more it was nice to have control over the salt content but still have the flavour.

Q4. Did you and your family like the taste of the Stock Melts or not? Did it make the flavour any richer/deeper or not? How would you describe the flavour of the Stock Melts?
Yes definately flavourful-have only done a Beef & a Veggie Casserole so far

Q5. Which dishes did you use the Bisto Stock Melts in? Which recipes are you planning on using them in?
As above but quorn spag bol next & veggie /chicken curry

Q6. The RRP of the Bisto Stock Melts is £1.89 for a pack of 6, do you think you will buy them again or not? If so why? If not, why not?
Bit pricey but might have them for special meals/treats!

Q7. If it came up in conversation, would you recommend the Bisto Stock Melts to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not?

Yes would recommend especially to foodie friends.

missymoomoomee Mon 08-Oct-12 12:06:50

Q1. What were your initial impressions of the Bisto Stock Melts?

It looked like an expensive brand, I liked that it was a resealable pack, and that it actually works as some don't. I loved the recipe idea on the bottom of the pack, all the information is given in a very clear way on the packaging.

Q2. How was it using the Stock Melts? How did this compare to using a cube or other stock?

I find that the cubes I use can be quite salty and often I use less although this means a reduced flavour, some of the cheaper brands can also be a little greasy and not melt well. This stock melt gave a beautiful depth of flavour without being too salty or greasy,

Q3. Did you and your family notice any difference in the taste of the dish compared to your usual recipe?

Absolutely, I didn't have to compromise on quantity to reduce saltiness, I also added this to a couple of dishes I normally wouldn't bother with and noticed the difference in taste.

Q4. Did you and your family like the taste of the Stock Melts or not? Did it make the flavour any richer/deeper or not? How would you describe the flavour of the Stock Melts?

We loved the taste of these. I think deep really is the best word to describe the flavour.

Q5. Which dishes did you use the Bisto Stock Melts in? Which recipes are you planning on using them in?

I have so far made a vegetable soup, a beef stew and a vegetable rissoto and added on to spag bol. I am planning on doing a broth and chicken soup this week and another, as yet undecided chicken dish.

Q6. The RRP of the Bisto Stock Melts is £1.89 for a pack of 6, do you think you will buy them again or not? If so why? If not, why not?

I think £1.89 is a very reasonable price. I usually buy the cheaper stock cubes, and to be honest I wouldn't have bothered before I tried them as I wouldn't have thought it would have made so much of a difference. Having now tried them I think they are well worth the money.

Q7. If it came up in conversation, would you recommend the Bisto Stock Melts to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not?

I already have recommended them to a few people, I know 2 of them have bought them and love them.

fishybits Mon 08-Oct-12 14:10:18

Q1. What were your initial impressions of the Bisto Stock Melts?
Slightly fiddly to get the stock out of the little pot, it had to be spooned out rather than being squeezed out which was annoying. Sleeve with lid is a good idea.

Q2. How was it using the Stock Melts? How did this compare to using a cube or other stock?
They melted faster than stock cubes

Q3. Did you and your family notice any difference in the taste of the dish compared to your usual recipe?
Yes and it wasn't favourable, see below

Q4. Did you and your family like the taste of the Stock Melts or not? Did it make the flavour any richer/deeper or not? How would you describe the flavour of the Stock Melts?
No, I was disappointed. Bisto Stock Melts taste exactly like a stock cube which if that was what you were aiming for is fine but I was expecting a more sophisticated flavour. The first thing that hit me when I open the pot was the burnt smell of both the chicken and beef. I expect a stock to taste of chicken not roast chicken same with the beef. It was almost acrid in flavour and spoilt practically every dish I made. I used Knorr stock pots as a basic demi glace to enhance sauces and broths as the stock pots taste of chicken or beef not of a roast.

Q5. Which dishes did you use the Bisto Stock Melts in? Which recipes are you planning on using them in?
I used them in dishes where I would normally use a Knorr Stock Pot. 1) chicken stock melt in a miso broth - left with raft of bitter herbs and small droplets of orange fat floating on the top and a roasted chicken flavour that overpowered the broth. 2) beef stock melt in spaghetti bolgnaise - my 9 month old DD refused to eat it and my DH complained about the bitter flavour 3) beef stock melt in gravy - DH enjoyed this meal and said it reminded him of gravies his Granny made 30 years ago. I'm not giving up though and will try them in a chicken tagine, vegetable soup and couscous.

Q6. The RRP of the Bisto Stock Melts is £1.89 for a pack of 6, do you think you will buy them again or not? If so why? If not, why not?
Not at the moment. I didn't like them. They taste just like a stock cube and do not have the subtlety of flavour that the Knorr Stock Pots have

Q7. If it came up in conversation, would you recommend the Bisto Stock Melts to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not?
I would say that if you want a stock cube that melts quickly then Bisto Stock Melts are great but if you want a more sophisticated flavour don't use them.

MissRee Mon 08-Oct-12 15:43:25

I'm still waiting for mine sad

supadupapupascupa Mon 08-Oct-12 17:31:57

I used the chicken stock and made a risotto with onion, garlic, chicken, mushrooms, peas and soft cheese.

Q1. What were your initial impressions of the Bisto Stock Melts?
I thought the packaging was lovely actually! Not at all what I would expect stock to be. I am a dye hard stock cube user...of the very salty kind...so the thought of NOT having to crumble and having dissolving issues pleased me. I haven't ever used anything but my cubes or the odd spoon of bovril, so I really looked forward to this.... I noticed the lower salt content and realised that they would be better for the kids. To be honest though, if i saw them in the supermarket i would assume they were expensive and 'not for me' and probably wouldn't give them a second look UNLESS they were heavily discounted.

Q2. How was it using the Stock Melts? How did this compare to using a cube or other stock?
So much easier! unlike some of the others, i found the stock came out of the pot in one lump. It dissolved easily and I felt like I was using 'proper' stock.
I loved not having to crumble in a cube.

Q3. Did you and your family notice any difference in the taste of the dish compared to your usual recipe?
Yes, the lack of salt! Now i've been brought up on salt and love it so i missed it a bit, but i have to say the flavour was good. The kids loved it - as usual - so from that point of view not giving them all that salt is a bonus. I shall have to try harder and get use to it.

Q4. Did you and your family like the taste of the Stock Melts or not? Did it make the flavour any richer/deeper or not? How would you describe the flavour of the Stock Melts?
I would say the flavour was like roasted chicken, and yes we liked it. In this recipe it is hard to say if it changed it much other than the salt, but it was very tasty.

Q5. Which dishes did you use the Bisto Stock Melts in? Which recipes are you planning on using them in?
As I said at the top, i made chicken risotto. I am planning on making beef stew, broccoli soup and both a chicken and a beef gravy.

Q6. The RRP of the Bisto Stock Melts is £1.89 for a pack of 6, do you think you will buy them again or not? If so why? If not, why not?
Yes I think I will, but only if they are not too expensive

Q7. If it came up in conversation, would you recommend the Bisto Stock Melts to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not?
I would yes, particularly to parents who cook for their little ones

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 08-Oct-12 17:32:11

miss ree - should be on its way to you now!

danmoore00 Mon 08-Oct-12 20:05:59

Q1. What were your initial impressions of the Bisto Stock Melts?

Look impressive - look more expensive than some of the similar products on the market. Eye-catching packaging. Good receipes on the back.

Q2. How was it using the Stock Melts? How did this compare to using a cube or other stock?

Really easy to use - found that they dissolved easier than some other stocks I have used. Definiatley at lot easier to use than traditional stock cubes & better texture to simialr stocks - these dissolve easier & quicker.

Q3. Did you and your family notice any difference in the taste of the dish compared to your usual recipe?

My family commented on the spagetti bolognaise that I made - my son stated that it was like a cross between beef stew & spaghetti bolgnaise - he really liked it. My 2 eldest children also advised that they were impressed with the flavour of the gravy that I made using the beef stock melt.

Q4. Did you and your family like the taste of the Stock Melts or not? Did it make the flavour any richer/deeper or not? How would you describe the flavour of the Stock Melts?
Yes very impressed with flavour as above my son noticed the richness in the spaghetti bolgnaise I made using beef stock melt.

Q5. Which dishes did you use the Bisto Stock Melts in? Which recipes are you planning on using them in?

So far I've used in spaghetti bolgnaise, gravy for roast dinner & used the receipe for the steak sauce - which went down a treat with the whole family. I am keen to use the vegetable stock melts & looking at making a warming suop with them this week. The chicken melt I used in a jambalya - which was good but didn't really notice the difference of flavour, however I was using hot chillies in this receipe so may have had an effect.

Q6. The RRP of the Bisto Stock Melts is £1.89 for a pack of 6, do you think you will buy them again or not? If so why? If not, why not?

Def - good price for a quality product.

Q7. If it came up in conversation, would you recommend the Bisto Stock Melts to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not?

Yes - ease of use, quality product with a distinctive flavour - bettter than other similar products on the market.

soremummy Tue 09-Oct-12 14:42:20

Q1. What were your initial impressions of the Bisto Stock Melts?
Looked like good quality product and packaging

Q2. How was it using the Stock Melts? How did this compare to using a cube or other stock?
I used the beef one in the slow cooker and didn't have to dissolve it in water like I normally would with other makes. Also used chicken one in casserole in oven but I did add that one to water and was easy to mix no granules to try dissolve

Q3. Did you and your family notice any difference in the taste of the dish compared to your usual recipe?
It definately tasted beefier/stronger and the chicken one tasted of "chicken" unlike some I have used that taste more veg based

Q4. Did you and your family like the taste of the Stock Melts or not? Did it make the flavour any richer/deeper or not? How would you describe the flavour of the Stock Melts?
Yes we liked the taste it was a richer base for the casseroles. A stronger than normal taste from other stock that I have used

Q5. Which dishes did you use the Bisto Stock Melts in? Which recipes are you planning on using them in?
I've used in beef casserole, corn beef hash, spaghetti bolognaise, chicken casserole and tonight I'm going to use with sausage and onions
Will do a rissoto tomorrow with the veg ones

Q6. The RRP of the Bisto Stock Melts is £1.89 for a pack of 6, do you think you will buy them again or not? If so why? If not, why not?
Yes I think I would buy them again because I liked the taste and find them very convenient to use

Q7. If it came up in conversation, would you recommend the Bisto Stock Melts to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not?
I have already recommended them to family and friends and my ds at uni has (borrowed some) said he will try them too.

Q1. What were your initial impressions of the Bisto Stock Melts?

i like the packaging. i had noticed them in Tesco once or twice and they are quite eye catching compared to the others on offer.

Q2. How was it using the Stock Melts? How did this compare to using a cube or other stock?

I found that the chicken and vegetable stocks melted very easily in boiling water for my casseroles but the beef one was still a little clumpy at the bottom of the jug and needed a little more water on top to fully dissolve.
this is still a vast improvement on the powdered cubes i have used in the past.

Q3. Did you and your family notice any difference in the taste of the dish compared to your usual recipe?

the flavour had a deeper, richer quality and my DD practically shovelled her dinner in smile

Q4. Did you and your family like the taste of the Stock Melts or not? Did it make the flavour any richer/deeper or not? How would you describe the flavour of the Stock Melts?

up to now we have tried the chicken and vegetable ones and the flavour was lovely without being over salty. there is a beef casserole in the slow cooker as we speak with the beef stock melt in smile

Q5. Which dishes did you use the Bisto Stock Melts in? Which recipes are you planning on using them in?

i have made chicken and veg soup, veg casserole and mushroom risotto up to now and i am making a beef casserole for this evening smile i am planning a cottage pie and a big pan of scouse this weekend smile
Q6. The RRP of the Bisto Stock Melts is £1.89 for a pack of 6, do you think you will buy them again or not? If so why? If not, why not?

i will definitely buy them again as they add a lovely extra quality to the food without being too expensive.

Q7. If it came up in conversation, would you recommend the Bisto Stock Melts to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not?

i already have smile i have given one of each flavour to my sister and a veg one to my mum who is a veggiesmile they have both agreed how nice the flavours are and will be buying them in the future

MissRee Wed 10-Oct-12 15:47:42

Q1. What were your initial impressions of the Bisto Stock Melts?

Very nice packaging - look more expensive than they actually are!

Q2. How was it using the Stock Melts? How did this compare to using a cube or other stock?

Dissolved easily into the dishes I used them in. No lumpy bits which was great!

Q3. Did you and your family notice any difference in the taste of the dish compared to your usual recipe?

Much meatier taste in the Beef and Chicken ones. Lovely strong veg flavour from the veg ones. Very nice indeed and noticeably less salt.

Q4. Did you and your family like the taste of the Stock Melts or not? Did it make the flavour any richer/deeper or not? How would you describe the flavour of the Stock Melts?

Yes, the taste was much better. It made the flavour a much richer meaty flavour. You could notice that there wasn't as much salt as traditional stocks.

Q5. Which dishes did you use the Bisto Stock Melts in? Which recipes are you planning on using them in?

I did some batch cooking yesterday - Beef Chilli, Bolognese, Chicken Stew and Vegetable soup.

Q6. The RRP of the Bisto Stock Melts is £1.89 for a pack of 6, do you think you will buy them again or not? If so why? If not, why not?

Yes, I would pay that for them as the lower salt content means that I won't have to make 9month old DD a separate dish.

Q7. If it came up in conversation, would you recommend the Bisto Stock Melts to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not?

Yes, I would most definitely recommend to friends and have indeed already recommended to my Mum for cooking for DD when she's childminding her!

NinthWave Wed 10-Oct-12 22:30:35

Only just got round to doing this - have used each variety now.

Q1. What were your initial impressions of the Bisto Stock Melts?
Nice packaging, I like the fact that the box re-closes.

Q2. How was it using the Stock Melts? How did this compare to using a cube or other stock?
These were so easy to use! They really did just melt into the meat/dissolve easily in boiling water. No grainy bits etc. and no residue on my mixing jug.
Q3. Did you and your family notice any difference in the taste of the dish compared to your usual recipe?
Yes - less salty than regular stock cubes. DH said he preferred it.
Q4. Did you and your family like the taste of the Stock Melts or not? Did it make the flavour any richer/deeper or not? How would you describe the flavour of the Stock Melts?
The Beef ones were our favourite as they added a lovely rich gravy to my Cottage Pie, which I struggle to get with cubes. The flavour did seem richer, probably due to the meat juices in the Melts. The flavour seemed more 'unctuous', like I'd get if I made my own. DH in particular was really impressed.
Q5. Which dishes did you use the Bisto Stock Melts in? Which recipes are you planning on using them in?
Beef - Cottage Pie and Beef Casserole. Chicken - Risotto. Veg - Mushroom & Noodle Soup. I'm going to try making some sauces with them as suggested on the recipe card I got in my pack; though to be honest, the cottage pie was so popular that I might just use the rest of them in that!
Q6. The RRP of the Bisto Stock Melts is £1.89 for a pack of 6, do you think you will buy them again or not? If so why? If not, why not?
I think I probably would, though I would be more likely to if they were on offer or part of a multibuy etc.
Q7. If it came up in conversation, would you recommend the Bisto Stock Melts to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not?
Yes I would.

The utensils are fantastic as well - they have all been put to good use grin

missymoomoomee Thu 11-Oct-12 10:04:09

I've now used the chicken one in a soup and a ratatouille I thought I would do a quick review of that flavour.

Q1. What were your initial impressions of the Bisto Stock Melts?

As above, lovely clear packaging, loved the recipe ideas, looks like a more expensive brand.

Q2. How was it using the Stock Melts? How did this compare to using a cube or other stock?

I much prefer it to the stock cubes I usually use that sometimes don't melt properly and I usually have to compromise on quantity due to the salt content.

Q3. Did you and your family notice any difference in the taste of the dish compared to your usual recipe?

Yes we noticed a difference, the chicken was slightly more subtle then the other flavours but we still tasted a difference.

Q4. Did you and your family like the taste of the Stock Melts or not? Did it make the flavour any richer/deeper or not? How would you describe the flavour of the Stock Melts?

Yes we did like the flavour, the chicken didn't make as much difference as the beef and vegetable flacvours did but it definetly added a deeper flavour to the dishes.

Q5. Which dishes did you use the Bisto Stock Melts in? Which recipes are you planning on using them in?

I made chicken soup and a ratatouille, I will be making another batch of chicken soup this week and am planning a chicken rissotto.

Q6. The RRP of the Bisto Stock Melts is £1.89 for a pack of 6, do you think you will buy them again or not? If so why? If not, why not?

I will buy them again now that I have tried them and tasted the difference, I wouldn't have paid £1.89 to have a try of them though.

Q7. If it came up in conversation, would you recommend the Bisto Stock Melts to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not?

I have already and know a couple of people who have bought them.

stopandgo Thu 11-Oct-12 15:15:01

Firstly, thank you for the chance to try these and the utensils, they are great and well used already!
Q1. I liked the look of the packaging, it looked interesting and a bit more different than I expected.

Q2. I mostly use stock cubes, having tried other brands of condensed liquid stock and not noticed much difference. I don’t trust cubes to dissolve properly without using water so I liked the consistency of these and trusted them to “melt” properly.

Q3. I used a vegetable stock melt in a roasted vegetable pasta sauce (I wouldn’t normally use stock in the tomato sauce) and it definitely was a good addition and improved the flavour. I also used one in a mushroom curry – it was too strong for this because I used a whole tub for quite a small amount of mushrooms, it gave a very rich flavour. I would be careful to think about quantities next time.

Q4 I used a vegetable stock melt in the stir fry recipe you provided and have to say I was amazed that all three DCs liked it – I have never managed to keep all three happy with a stir fry before, I usually just try some ginger and garlic with vegetables and noodles. Your recipe suggested stirring in a stock melt to the vegetables and then squeezing over some lime juice, it was amazingly tasty and I will definitely make this again. I don’t know how to describe the stock flavour except to say it was full of flavour, but added to other flavours rather than overpowering them.

Q5. I am planning soup, bolognese and risotto this weekend. I will consider adding them to other dishes that I wouldn’t necessarily add stock to as well as my usual soups etc.

Q6. I will buy them again - if they make a difference in soup then I will use them instead of my usual cubes, if not then I may decide to use both and keep the Bisto melts for dishes where I know they will make a difference. I am impressed with the salt content also.

Q7. Yes, I have already suggested to someone that they try them and they have.

supadupapupascupa Thu 11-Oct-12 18:59:30

woah! just made beef stew!! yep. the beef stock is lovely in beef stew :-)

i made beef gravy yesterday and to be honest it was too bitter, but the onion, celery and carrot in the stew have made it softer in flavour and sweeter. yum yum!

Hulababy Thu 11-Oct-12 19:30:36

Made a chicken and ham tangled pie tonight (Hairy Bikers) and used the chicken stock. First thing I noticed was the smell - even as a non meat eater it smelt nicer than other stock cubes and the Knorr stock melts. It was then much easier to dissolve into the chicken and ham mixture than the alternatives. Was very impressed as the Knorr ones can take a while sometimes and can leave jellified lumps in places. It also gave a richer colour and aroma.

DD has eaten her pie and said it was delicious. I asked her specifically about the gravy/sauce within the pie and she said it was lovely.

If the others are the same then yes, will definitely buy.

Once again, thanks for choosing me. I have enjoyed being a tester <<sad!>>.

Q1. What were your initial impressions of the Bisto Stock Melts?

I though the resealable boxes were good and I found the pots easy to open.

Q2. How was it using the Stock Melts? How did this compare to using a cube or other stock?

Much easier than using a stock cube, although I have always made it up with 500ml boiling water so far. I might try with cold water or putting straight into something next.

Q3. Did you and your family notice any difference in the taste of the dish compared to your usual recipe?

The beef ones were so lovely and rich. They weren't salty in the slightest, which we liked. I much preffered the taste of all the meals to usual - I would normally use either an oxo cube or bisto best gravy granules.

I also used a veggie one in a spag bol and was less impressed. I'm struggling to pinpoint why - perhaps a little bland? I think the beef one would be too beefy for a spag bol - it would be more like shepherds pie smile

Q4. Did you and your family like the taste of the Stock Melts or not? Did it make the flavour any richer/deeper or not? How would you describe the flavour of the Stock Melts?

see 3

Q5. Which dishes did you use the Bisto Stock Melts in? Which recipes are you planning on using them in?

I have made 2 beef stews in the slow cooker, and used 2 pots to make onion gravy for toad in the hole and a steak pie. All 3 of us really liked the strong beef taste, and dd (3.6) couldn't get enough of it!

I have only used the one veg one in the spag bol. I'm going to do the veg risotto at the weekend with a vegone and I'll do some chicken gravy for sunday roast to try a chicken one.

Q6. The RRP of the Bisto Stock Melts is £1.89 for a pack of 6, do you think you will buy them again or not? If so why? If not, why not?

I think it's maybe a little bit high (I am a tight Northerner after all). Maybe £1.59? In my local Sainsbury's they are on the shelf with value stock cubes 10p for 12 cubes! Now I wouldn't buy those but people probably would if they hadn't tried these ones. Then again I did buy a sachet of beef and ale stew recently for the slow cooker and that was 89p for only one meal, so I suppose it is quite good value!

I probably won't buy the veg ones again, but will absolutely buy the beef ones - they were FANTASTIC!

Q7. If it came up in conversation, would you recommend the Bisto Stock Melts to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not?

Yes, I will recommend to my Mum at the weekend, and if any work colleagues ask me about them. I think they are a good product, especially if they were on a BOGOF/3for2 offer.

Q1. What were your initial impressions of the Bisto Stock Melts?
I loved the resealable closing boxes. My only criticism was the packaging was quite busy as such i switched off to the text on the packet and didnt even notice the recipes until i read about them on this thread.

Q2. How was it using the Stock Melts? How did this compare to using a cube or other stock?
They were so easy!!! I slid a knife around the edge of the pot and the stock slid out easily. They dissolved so much better than stock cubes too. I normally use oxo cubes and squash them in the foil which is tricky to then open. These were a dream.
Q3. Did you and your family notice any difference in the taste of the dish compared to your usual recipe?
They were less salty, so i used them in baby food. The stock smelt rich and deginately made for a rounder, deeper richer taste.
Q4. Did you and your family like the taste of the Stock Melts or not? Did it make the flavour any richer/deeper or not? How would you describe the flavour of the Stock Melts?
My eldest daughter is almost 4 and she wont touch sauces/gravies. I blended a bolognese and added it to spaghetti expecting uproar. It is the first time that every single member of the family finished the same meal. 8 month old wolfed it down and little miss picky eater asked for more. They stock does taste of roasted meats, the beef ones in particular is like the glorious crispy bits from the roasting pan. We loved them.
Q5. Which dishes did you use the Bisto Stock Melts in? Which recipes are you planning on using them in?
I used the beef ones in a stew, bolognese, chilli and made a gravy. The chicken i made a pie and the veg ones i used in baby food and a tomato soup. I'm going to use the chicken ones in a jamalaya and a chicken/chorizo stew.
Q6. The RRP of the Bisto Stock Melts is £1.89 for a pack of 6, do you think you will buy them again or not? If so why? If not,why?
Hmmm this is tricky. The price is fair, they are an excellent product and make for a far more luxurious feeling meal but thats the crux, they feel like a luxury product. They are prob twice the price of other basic stock cubes and so i dont think i'd splash out for everyday fare. But then i did really like them so maybe i'll indulge myself!
Q7. If it came up in conversation, would you recommend the Bisto Stock Melts to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not?
Yes! I've got a lit of foodie friends and revipes/cooking comes up a lot in conversation so i will be recommending these.

lottytheladybird Sat 13-Oct-12 19:32:46

Q1. What were your initial impressions of the Bisto Stock Melts?
I thought they were well packaged, in nice little boxes with easy to open & close lids, making them easy to store in the cupboard.

Q2. How was it using the Stock Melts? How did this compare to using a cube or other stock?
They were great to use and came pretty close to homemade stock. They are so convenient to use. When you don’t have time to make your own stock, this makes an excellent alternative. They are much much nicer tasting than a stock cube, which I find tastes a little artificial.

Q3. Did you and your family notice any difference in the taste of the dish compared to your usual recipe?
If we don’t have time to make stock, then we simply use water, so adding a stock melt definitely enhanced the flavour of the dishes we made.

Q4. Did you and your family like the taste of the Stock Melts or not? Did it make the flavour any richer/deeper or not? How would you describe the flavour of the Stock Melts?
We liked the taste of the stock melts. They really added flavour to our dishes, but not in an overpowering way. I think the stock melts tasted very almost like what you would expect from homemade stock, except that they lacked the freshness you get from homemade stock.

Q5. Which dishes did you use the Bisto Stock Melts in? Which recipes are you planning on using them in?
We have used them in a vegetable risotto and also in a chicken risotto. We are also planning on using them in a bolognese.

Q6. The RRP of the Bisto Stock Melts is £1.89 for a pack of 6, do you think you will buy them again or not? If so why? If not, why not?
I think I would definitely buy them, although they come up a little more expensive than the Knorr stock pots, which we also use and think are very good.

Q7. If it came up in conversation, would you recommend the Bisto Stock Melts to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not?
Yes, I would definitely recommend them. They taste great and are so convenient to use. They are just what today’s time stretched families need.

Hulababy Sat 13-Oct-12 21:09:26

Made chilli salad bowls tonight (Hairy Dieters book again)
Made a beef version, using the beef stock, and a veggie one using the vegetable stock.
Both went down very well. The beef ad the veggie stock had a good aroma and both dissolved quickly with no lumps. Both tasted lovely.

Q1. What were your initial impressions of the Bisto Stock Melts?
Initially impressed. I liked the packaging. Smart and handily resealable. I that there's a recipe on the box. I liked that they have real meat juices.
Q2. How was it using the Stock Melts? How did this compare to using a cube or other stock?
Much easier than using cubes - you don't end up with it all over your fingers. It didn't always splodge out of the pot entirely, but scooped out easily with a teaspoon, or left very little behind. Melted easily. Very simple to use.
Q3. Did you and your family notice any difference in the taste of the dish compared to your usual recipe?
Yes. A significantly better flavour. Richer, meatier (with the meat stock), tastier. I made a bolognese-ish beef mince dish without wine, but the stock pot added more than enough flavour. DH thought my dad had made it, because it was so good!
Q4. Did you and your family like the taste of the Stock Melts or not? Did it make the flavour any richer/deeper or not? How would you describe the flavour of the Stock Melts?
Yes. Definitely noticed a difference. Richer, deeper flavour.
Q5. Which dishes did you use the Bisto Stock Melts in? Which recipes are you planning on using them in?
Made a bolognese-ish, a stew and a vegetable risotto. Plan on making the chicken risotto from the recipe and trying out the stir-fry.
Q6. The RRP of the Bisto Stock Melts is £1.89 for a pack of 6, do you think you will buy them again or not? If so why? If not, why not?
Not for all my stock needs, but I will be buying them. I'll probably continue to use cheaper stick cubes for everyday use, but I'll definitely use these for special dishes or eg when batch cooking so they stretch further.
Q7. If it came up in conversation, would you recommend the Bisto Stock Melts to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not?
Yes. I've already got my mum to try them!

CouthyMowEatingBraiiiiinz Sun 14-Oct-12 21:02:44

Did a Cottage Pie tonight. It tasted lovely, but I did have to use 3 pots instead of the 2 I use of my normal brand.

I found the flavour wasn't any different on the beef ones, maybe a bit milder, as I had to use an extra one to usual.

I noticed far more of a difference with the chicken one.

CouthyMowEatingBraiiiiinz Sun 14-Oct-12 21:03:55

Oh, and it didn't thicken as well as my other brand, so the minge mince part of my meal was a bit sloppier than usual - I had to use cornflour to thicken it with.

soremummy Mon 15-Oct-12 17:18:29

My chicken risotto is cooking nicely in the slow cooker not quite ready but tastes lovely. Just a thought about the packaging.. I've only just noticed the recipes on the packaging although I'm not in the habit or turning packets upside down to find recipes looking on the side, back or the top would be a "normal"place to find such things .

NinthWave Mon 15-Oct-12 22:05:28

In a fit of experimentation, I put a Vegetable Stock Melt in with my homemade pilau rice this evening. Wasn't sure if the flavour would be weird with the spices, but it was gorgeous. The rice was just the right side of sticky, and had a depth of flavour that it just doesn't have when I use water & spices alone.

DH really loved it, and I would definitely do it again.

Q1. What were your initial impressions of the Bisto Stock Melts?

They were quite unusual, a bit bigger than I imagined.

Q2. How was it using the Stock Melts? How did this compare to using a cube or other stock?

It was really easy to use them, they stuck in the packet a little bit, so I had to use a spoon, but it was easier than crumbling a stock cube.

Q3. Did you and your family notice any difference in the taste of the dish compared to your usual recipe?

I think they gave a meatier, richer taste than a normal stock cube does. (we've not used the vegetarian ones yet.)

Q4. Did you and your family like the taste of the Stock Melts or not? Did it make the flavour any richer/deeper or not? How would you describe the flavour of the Stock Melts?

Definitely meatier.

Q5. Which dishes did you use the Bisto Stock Melts in? Which recipes are you planning on using them in?

Mainly slow cooked stews ( we are out late on mondays and thursdays so stews in the slow cooker get made a lot in this house) and risottos.

Q6. The RRP of the Bisto Stock Melts is £1.89 for a pack of 6, do you think you will buy them again or not? If so why? If not, why not?

I would buy them again, but they are quite expensive if you haven't tried them beforehand.

Q7. If it came up in conversation, would you recommend the Bisto Stock Melts to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not?

I would, they are richer than a traditional cube and give more flavour.

I made a veggie risotto with the vegetable stock the other night. I tend to find vegetable stock a bit over peppery, but this one was delicious!

I'm really impressed by the whole range.

JugglingWithPossibilities Wed 17-Oct-12 12:48:21

I added a stock melt to two family recipes, one with spinach and leek and tomato sauce and pasta, and one a vegetable stir-fry with noodles. Both meals were surprisingly tasty, and received very positive, unsolicited, comments from members of the family.

After eating the pasta dish my DH said "That was delicious" ! (He is generally appreciative, but it's a while since he's used the word "delicious" !)

And after eating his bowl of stir-fry noodles my DS (10) said "Look Mummy, I've eaten it all" or words to that effect ! I promise I'm not making these up even if they do sound like they're straight our of a Bisto advert grin

I've added one again to another pasta recipe and have generally found that they are adding a certain depth of flavour. I'm conscious that I'm also adding salt to the meals through using the stock melts, which I have generally avoided when the children were young (So, I'm really using or adding these where I wasn't using anything except dried herbs before) Now the children are a little older I'm glad to experiment with different ways to add flavour though, and I'm sure I'll be including the stock melts in my culinary creations from time to time. I will probably talk with my family and friends about taking part in the trial and will certainly be positive about the whole experience. I will probably give the non-veggie ones to a friend to try as we're a veggie family.

Thank you also for the lovely range of kitchen implements - they are also a very welcome addition to our kitchen, and, like the stock melts, a good encouragement to more adventurous meal-times smile

Hulababy Wed 17-Oct-12 13:02:35

Made the hairy dieters golden soup yesterday using the vegetable stock. Tasted delicious. Not too salty.

NinthWave Wed 17-Oct-12 21:13:36

Just a heads up that the Stock Melts are £1 a box in Sainsburys at the moment smile

missymoomoomee Wed 17-Oct-12 21:17:55

Thanks Ninth I'll make sure I stock up on them while they are on offer grin

1. The box looked nice and resealable which would be great if I kept them in it (i have a tub for stock type bits next to the cooker)
2. They melted well so easier than a normal stock cube but were a faff to get out of the wee tub and other melt type stock products I've used have just slid right out.
3. Can't say that my family noticed but the littlies liked the food and dh generally doesn't pay much attention to what he's eating. I noticed a difference in flavour myself though and it was nice.
4. Meatier than a normal stock cube and almost as good as making from scratch so definitely a good alternative and time saving.
5. I have used the beef in stew, lasagne, bolognaise, pepper sauce for steak, and casserole. I have used chicken in a chicken and ale pie, risotto, soup, casserole, pasta dishes. I have used the veg ones in soup and a couple pasta sauces. I don't know what else I will be making yet but perhaps a steak pie.
6. Yes I would but them again. I like to make my own stock usually but I keep a stash of cubes etc for when I can't be bothered/havent time and these would be useful for that.
7. Yes I would.

I have just bought two more packets of the beef ones @ £1 each in Sainsburys. I'm very happy!

I made some gorgeous onion gravy for bangers and mash yesterday. So yummy there were literally 3 totally clear plates! I also thickened with cornflour as mentioned by an earlier poster.

soremummy Fri 19-Oct-12 10:46:59

Happycamper How did you make the gravy ? Would like to try that ..

I put the stock melt in 500ml boiling water in a pan, added a thinly sliced onion and simmered for about 10 mins. I then took a small amount of the liquid and added to 1 tbs cornflour and then poured it back in for about 5 mins til it thickened. Was very beefy and delicious, not at all salty smile

stellqa Sat 20-Oct-12 09:03:22

wow.wow.wow.....SAVED MY COOKING LIFE,IM A RUBBISH COOK ,BUT THESE ARE EFFORTLESS,I HAVE USED THEM ALL SO NEED TO BUY MORE ,MY PROBLEM IS I CAN NEVER GET A GOOD GRAVY FLAVOUR ,I USED TO USE STOCK GUBES AND GRAVY GRANULES BUT EVERY THING I MADE WAS WAY TOO SALTY,WHICH IS THE DOWN SIDE IF USING TOO MUCH OF ANY OF THEM,I STRUGGLED TO GET A GOOD MEATY TASTE,NOW I JUST MELT A "MELT" AND GREAT FOOD EVER TIME,BUY THEM AND SAVE A WHOLE LOT OF BOTHER.

hanbee Sat 20-Oct-12 13:10:43

Q1. What were your initial impressions of the Bisto Stock Melts?

It made a good first impression as the boxes look nice and look expensive. Also arriving with a box full of goodies definitely made me very happy!

Q2. How was it using the Stock Melts? How did this compare to using a cube or other stock?

They were very easy to dissolve and it was nice not to have to crumble and break up a cube.

Q3. Did you and your family notice any difference in the taste of the dish compared to your usual recipe?

Yes they were far less salty and this was especially noticeable in dishes where the flavour becomes condensed, like in a risotto. I noticed that the salt levels are on a par with or less than the low salt varieties of cube and yet this asset isn't really made clear on the box.

Q4. Did you and your family like the taste of the Stock Melts or not? Did it make the flavour any richer/deeper or not? How would you describe the flavour of the Stock Melts?

Yes we did like them but in the dishes we've tried them in we haven't noticed a massive change in flavour, this might be because of the dishes chosen. We did make a casserole that my Dad loved and described as very warming. He'd been working outside all day and it was just what he needed.

Q5. Which dishes did you use the Bisto Stock Melts in? Which recipes are you planning on using them in?

We've made: Lamb casserole (used the chicken melt), vegetarian casserole, beef and quorn chillis, risotto. Planning on using them in spaghetti bolognese and tagine this week.

Q6. The RRP of the Bisto Stock Melts is £1.89 for a pack of 6, do you think you will buy them again or not? If so why? If not, why not?

Yes I don't think the price is unreasonable as I don't use them all that much. Also I noticed a fish version in tesco and I want to try it!

Q7. If it came up in conversation, would you recommend the Bisto Stock Melts to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not?

Probably, a group of friends were over for coffee when the box arrived, they were all very jealous!

Hulababy Sun 21-Oct-12 19:10:05

Cottage Pie (another Hairy Dieters recipe) made on Friday - a meat one and a veggie one. Used the relevant melts and tasted great. Again very impressed. Will definitely be rebuying.

MissRee Mon 22-Oct-12 11:03:56

I've tried these in a few more recipes now and absolutely love them - good deal in Sainsburys at £1 per box too!

Have now made casseroles, soups, bolognese type dishes, chillis and risottos. The stock pots add a depth that you can't get with cubes without the saltiness. It also means that DD (9 months) can eat more of what we have.

Ive come back to add in some extra feedback. Ive made quite a lot with these now. The chicken ones i used with some cirnflour, creme fraiche and made the filling for a creamy chicken pie that was excellent.

I used the veggie ones in all my baby food and baby dd has eaten every meal. What im most impressed with is how the Vegetable ones arent too 'celery' flavoured. Most cheap stocks are really pungent celery taste and these are far nicer, more rounded flavour almost like a soup/broth.

I made a beef goulash and forgot to season it and told dh oh you'll need to salt it as i forgot. But when i tasted it it was perfect. The stock really gives a deep flavour that i can normally only achieve with more seasoning etc.

My only gripe was that in the slow cooker they seemed to water down more. I added cornflour etc as i would with stock cubes and put less liquid in as they are already moist but my gravy was far thinner.

The quorn bolognase tasted lovely with the veggie stock & I did a chicken casserole with the chicken ones which went down well. DD2 appreciated the veggie ones in her quorn "chicken" version too, said it was tasty.

Interestingly both fussy teens commented on the tastiness of the dishes without me telling them I used these melts.

A definate convert here....<trogs off to Sainsburys to bulk buy>

Oh am recommending them to all & sundry too & so far all my chums have agreed with the taste improvement! grin

I made a turkey mince cottage pie type thing and chicken soup over the weekend using the stock melts. Everyone was impressed by the flavour and they're great to use. I been to sainsburys to stock up whilst they're on offer!

danmoore00 Mon 22-Oct-12 13:07:54

I nearly used up my stock melts - have used chicken in a stir fry - really nice flavour and seemed to add texture to my usual receipe. Made a paellea and dissolved a lot easier than my usual knorr stock pots.
Chilli in slow cooker great flavour - added 2 beef and gave a great flavour -seemed a bit more runny than usual - not sure if it was due to the Bisto Stock melt or not?
Will def be purchasing more!

danmoore00 Mon 22-Oct-12 13:09:17

Forgot to say used - whilst cooking my Topside of Beef yesterday - used in roasting tin - meat tasted great and my family loved the gravy made from the juices.

kennythekangaroo Mon 22-Oct-12 22:19:45

Q1. What were your initial impressions of the Bisto Stock Melts?
Nice packet it was tricky to read the tiny print - white on yellow but that could just be the light in my kitchen.

Q2. How was it using the Stock Melts? How did this compare to using a cube or other stock?
Very similar, some of them popped out easily, some needed a spoon to help, they still needed a bit of stirring i the water to melt them.
Q3. Did you and your family notice any difference in the taste of the dish compared to your usual recipe?
Yes a nice rich taste
Q4. Did you and your family like the taste of the Stock Melts or not? Did it make the flavour any richer/deeper or not? How would you describe the flavour of the Stock Melts?
We liked the chicken ones which were very chickeny. Beef tasted a bit stronger.
Q5. Which dishes did you use the Bisto Stock Melts in? Which recipes are you planning on using them in?
I made a risotto, paella, spag bol, sausage/lentil casserole, courgette soup and sweet and sour.
Q6. The RRP of the Bisto Stock Melts is £1.89 for a pack of 6, do you think you will buy them again or not? If so why? If not, why not?
Yes, more likely if they were on offer -I usually get the knorr cubes which would be cheaper in comparison.
Q7. If it came up in conversation, would you recommend the Bisto Stock Melts to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not?
Yes. They had a lovely flavour.

Pavlovthecat Mon 22-Oct-12 22:21:35

I just had to come on her to say that whenever I catch this topic in Active Convos I read it as this

'Bisto Stock Melts Reviewer' and for a second I am like shock before I re-read it.

Thought it was some Shocking Incident that I had missed.

grin

Doodlekitty Tue 23-Oct-12 08:49:02

Q1. What were your initial impressions of the Bisto Stock Melts?
Packaging quite attractive, would probably pick them off a shelf

Q2. How was it using the Stock Melts? How did this compare to using a cube or other stock?
Found them bit tricky to get out of the plastic cup, would have been nice if they released easier. But loved the fact that I can add them straight to my dish without needing to use water.

Q3. Did you and your family notice any difference in the taste of the dish compared to your usual recipe?
Oh yes! Husband commented on how much nicer my Chilli was without knowing I'd changed something (For a second I was a bit insulted!). My mam loved the difference the veg one made to a veg broth and pasta cooked in the chicken stock is just sublime

Q4. Did you and your family like the taste of the Stock Melts or not? Did it make the flavour any richer/deeper or not? How would you describe the flavour of the Stock Melts?
The flavour was definitely richer, most noticeable with the beef.

Q5. Which dishes did you use the Bisto Stock Melts in? Which recipes are you planning on using them in?
Beef: Chilli, Spaghetti bolognaise, Lasagne
Chicken: Chicken Risotto, Pasta, Chicken Curry
Veg: Broth, pasta

Q6. The RRP of the Bisto Stock Melts is £1.89 for a pack of 6, do you think you will buy them again or not? If so why? If not, why not?
I will, but probably not as a matter of course as cubes are so much cheaper and we re on a tight budget. These are currently on offer for £1 at my local supermarket, at that price I would choose them over cubes

Q7. If it came up in conversation, would you recommend the Bisto Stock Melts to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not?
Definitely, in fact my mam has already bought a packet of the veg. They do make a big difference to the flavour of the dish

ElectricSoftParade Tue 23-Oct-12 12:01:13

Sorry I am so late.

Q1. What were your initial impressions of the Bisto Stock Melts?

Liked the packaging and easy to remove from packaging.

Q2. How was it using the Stock Melts? How did this compare to using a cube or other stock?

I liked the way they melted into the food.

Q3. Did you and your family notice any difference in the taste of the dish compared to your usual recipe?

Yes, particularly the vegetable one.

Q4. Did you and your family like the taste of the Stock Melts or not? Did it make the flavour any richer/deeper or not? How would you describe the flavour of the Stock Melts?

I liked all of them and felt they made the food much tastier.

Q5. Which dishes did you use the Bisto Stock Melts in? Which recipes are you planning on using them in?

Spag bol, veg soup, chicken risotto, Butternut squash soup and beef stew.

Q6. The RRP of the Bisto Stock Melts is £1.89 for a pack of 6, do you think you will buy them again or not? If so why? If not, why not?

I will buy them again.

Q7. If it came up in conversation, would you recommend the Bisto Stock Melts to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not?

I would but don't often discuss stock with friends!

JugglingWithPossibilities Tue 23-Oct-12 12:07:03

HaHa to your answer to Question 7 Electric - we did like ours though, they were quite tasty !

Just wanted to add I've been making lots if risottos recently and the melts work well in all of them, I've used veggie and chicken and the flavour is much richer, so it's no fluke.

CouthyMowEatingBraiiiiinz Wed 24-Oct-12 02:25:15

Made a lovely beef stew with these in the slow cooker last night. Real depth of flavour. Best stew I've cooked. The flavour deepens when thickened with a roux and slow cooked. Will DEFINITELY be buying them again, if only for my beef stew!

CouthyMowEatingBraiiiiinz Wed 24-Oct-12 02:29:44

TheDoctorsWife46 - if you make a roux and mix the stock to the roux before putting in the slow cooker, it thickens nicely. One thing I find when using any stock in the slow cooker is that you always need to make it a bit thicker than you think you do, to allow for water coming out of the veg in your dish.

CouthyMowEatingBraiiiiinz Wed 24-Oct-12 02:38:44

I would like to ask - are there any plans to expand the range? I would like the option of a lamb stock pot and a ham stock pot in particular.

At the moment, I use a lot of ham and lamb stock cubes, and as I prefer the flavour from stock pots (less salty, more flavour), I would love to see these added to the range.

Our favourite family dish is ham, mushroom and sage risotto. But it just doesn't taste right with chicken stock.

And a slow cooked lamb and mint stew is impossible with anything but lamb stock. I've tried with beef stock, I've tried with chicken stock, I've tried with vegetable stock, and I've tried a mix of beef and veg stock, a mix of chicken and veg stock, and a mix of all 3. None were right.

Bring out ham and lamb stock pots, and I'd be a complete brand switcher.

Yes i agree with that about ham and lamb actually, i use lamb stock if i make a slow lamb curry and i could see that a ham one could work nicely in a pie too.

Thanks for the roux tip too by the way wink

lottytheladybird Thu 25-Oct-12 14:40:40

DH added one to his bolognese last night and it really made it more flavoursome. Again, we just love how convenient they are.

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 26-Oct-12 17:19:54

Some of you asked about more flavours and Bisto say "currently the only flavours available are chicken, beef and vegetable and there are no plans in the near future to expand the range further. We will certainly pass on your comments to our product development team though."

They've definitely been delicious in everything I've made.

Have passed on some veggie ones to my dad (as mentioned upthread) as he's trying to cut down on salt and makes a lot of risotto/pasta dishes, so I think the convenience factor will appeal.

I used a knorr one last night again for comparison, and they're just not as well flavoured, but the saltiness is really apparent - I was up drinking water in the night which generally only happens when I have dominos pizza

browny Thu 01-Nov-12 15:43:31

Sorry to be adding my review so late (family committments.

Q1. What were your initial impressions of the Bisto Stock Melts?
The packet looked appealing and I liked the rich colour of the beef option.

Q2. How was it using the Stock Melts? How did this compare to using a cube or other stock?

I liked the fact that they didn't need to be disolved in water, which made adding stock to dishes quicker. I thought they had a more 'authentic' taste than traditional dried stock cubes.

Q3. Did you and your family notice any difference in the taste of the dish compared to your usual recipe?

Yes, everyone loved it and commented that my bolognese sauce tasted more 'beefy' and richer. Vegetable soup was more tasty and you could really taste the herbs.

Q4. Did you and your family like the taste of the Stock Melts or not? Did it make the flavour any richer/deeper or not? How would you describe the flavour of the Stock Melts?

Yes, very much so! My 'scouse' was delicious and definately benefited from the beef stock - every my Dad asked what I'd done differently this time! I would never make Spag Bol without using the beef melts ever again! The flavour of my dishes was tastier and just liked my mum used to make!

Q5. Which dishes did you use the Bisto Stock Melts in? Which recipes are you planning on using them in?

Traditional Scouse
Beef hotpot
Vegetable soup
Vegetable fried rice
Vegetable risoto
Vegetable stir fry
Spag Bol
Steak Pie

Q6. The RRP of the Bisto Stock Melts is £1.89 for a pack of 6, do you think you will buy them again or not? If so why? If not, why not?

I would buy them again, but I do think they are much more expensive than the cubes. I would more likely buy them again if they were on special offer.

Q7. If it came up in conversation, would you recommend the Bisto Stock Melts to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not?

Yes, I have already recommended them to various friends and family...after they've been for a meal lol! They added flavour which did not taste purely of salt.

CouthyMowEatingBraiiiiinz Thu 01-Nov-12 15:47:46

I have made a vegetable soup today, with the veg stock melts, and it was delicious. Usually it is very salty, but with the stock melts it wasn't. I will be buying them again for soups, definitely.

It's just a shame that there are no plans to expand the range. My usual brand has a fish one too, which I use a lot, as I make a dairy free/GF velouté to go on my fish, but have to use fish stock for it.

I would like to see ham, lamb and fish stock melts added to the range in future, then I would never have to buy my current brand again!

CouthyMowEatingBraiiiiinz Thu 01-Nov-12 15:50:25

And if they were only GF too...

I have had to make an extra pan of stock using my usual brand while testing these, as my DS1 is coeliac.

I wonder if there is any way of making the stock melts GF without affecting the flavour. Possibly something for Bisto to ponder, as they will lose custom from those that need their stock to be GF.

I agree couthymow - I have just made the most gorgeous lasagne with a beef one. I'm going to repeat it when entertaining over xmas, but my lovely MIL is coeliac so I'll have to do something different for her! It's a shame as the bisto best gravy is GF so I think they could quite easily make the stock pots GF as well.

mammalove Thu 01-Nov-12 20:26:30

Finally got the box after a hiccup with our post, very happy with the extra goodies, but we only used the vegetable ones as we don't eat beef or chicken, so here are my thoughts:
Q1. What were your initial impressions of the Bisto Stock Melts?
Looked interesting, Compact box which would fit neatly in cupboard but didn't notice the recipes on the bottom til now.
Q2. How was it using the Stock Melts? How did this compare to using a cube or other stock?
Easily to use, less time to dissolve than a cube but probably on a par with powder which is my usual choice.
Q3. Did you and your family notice any difference in the taste of the dish compared to your usual recipe?
No big wows from my lot but I don't rely on stock alone usually to provide the flavour when I'm cooking as I usually chuck in a lot of garlic and other seasonings( but not a lot of salt)
Q4. Did you and your family like the taste of the Stock Melts or not? Did it make the flavour any richer/deeper or not? How would you describe the flavour of the Stock Melts?
We all liked it, it was a full flavour with a hit of umami about it
Q5. Which dishes did you use the Bisto Stock Melts in? Which recipes are you planning on using them in?
So far a vegetable and quorn risotto and a lentil soup.Will try a stir fry next.
Q6. The RRP of the Bisto Stock Melts is £1.89 for a pack of 6, do you think you will buy them again or not? If so why? If not, why not?
Possibly, would need to compare prices to be sure it would be better value than say bouillon powder which I normally go for.
Q7. If it came up in conversation, would you recommend the Bisto Stock Melts to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not?
I certainly would say I they were easy to use and tasty but to be honest stock cube alternatives aren't what I discuss with my friends or family on a regular basis!

hanbee Fri 02-Nov-12 21:51:10

Just a quick update as I made a dish yesterday where i used a bit of one of the melts to replace tomatoes in my youngest portion as he is allergic. I added some other flavours too but it kept the chicken nice and moist and he enjoyed it.

I've used up mine and bought some more today because I don't want to go back to my food being less tasty! My mum bought some too as she tasted my cottage pie and loved it!

Lunch was spicy lamb meatballs with the chicken stock - absolutely gorgeous.

phantomhairpuller Sat 03-Nov-12 12:49:10

Q1. What were your initial impressions of the Bisto Stock Melts?
Very well presented. Was keen to compare them to another brand I have tried recently.
Q2. How was it using the Stock Melts? How did this compare to using a cube or other stock?
Much better than using a cube. Brilliant being able to add the concentrated cube straight into casseroles etc.
Q3. Did you and your family notice any difference in the taste of the dish compared to your usual recipe?
Seem to be more flavoursome than other brands. Meat and chicken ones full of flavour.
Q4. Did you and your family like the taste of the Stock Melts or not? Did it make the flavour any richer/deeper or not? How would you describe the flavour of the Stock Melts?
Definitely liked the taste, as previously mentioned, the meat and chicken ones are full of flavour. Vegetable one was a bit salty for my own personal taste but no complaints from the rest of the family. Meaty one added to stew made it very beefy- delicious!
Q5. Which dishes did you use the Bisto Stock Melts in? Which recipes are you planning on using them in?
Beef casserole/stew, chicken risotto, vegetable soup and mushroom soup, spaghetti bolognaise, chicken gravy.
Q6. The RRP of the Bisto Stock Melts is £1.89 for a pack of 6, do you think you will buy them again or not? If so why? If not, why not?
Yes.
Q7. If it came up in conversation, would you recommend the Bisto Stock Melts to a friend/relative? If so why? If not, why not?
Yes

stopandgo Sun 04-Nov-12 11:37:06

Just an addition to say that I have continued to use the Bisto stock melts and have bought some more, although I will keep an eye on the price.
I've made the vegetable stir fry a couple more times (veg, stock melt, lime juice) and added them to a few of my usual dishes and noticed the difference. I am using them more than I expected to and have been inspired to try a few new recipes too - I had got a bit stuck in a rut for mealtimes - thanks!

We're on a health and money kick this month, so have just made myself a plate of peas and cous cous. I used the chicken stock to do the cous cous, and it's transformed a really bland, crap meal into something really tasty. Even DH agreed he'd eat it.

fishybits Tue 06-Nov-12 17:03:05

It's been a few weeks and in spite of my initial misgivings I have continued using the melts. The vegetable melt is for my family the most useful as it has a non specific flavour and will season a couscous or rice well. We eat a lot of international food (Middle Eastern and Asian in particular) and I can't use these melts in any dish other than a typical British meal due to the over powering flavour of "roast" which is shame as they are substantially cheaper than the stock pots I do use. They are also saltier than directly comparable stock pots which has surprised me after reading all the "lower in salt" comments.

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 08-Nov-12 12:27:20

Thanks for all the feedback - much appreciated. Am pleased to say AlmostAHipster has been selected as the winner of the £100 Amazon voucher.

I'm absolutely over the moon! Thank you so much MNHQ and Bisto!

< big snogs > grin

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