So I’ve been sick for the past week or so, and I was lying in bed thinking. I’m making a ton of soup to drink, what is the cheapest way to make chicken soup? So I can think of about 3 different ways to make chicken soup from scratch. Bouillon cubes, Chicken bones, and commercial stock. So I wanted to calculate what was the most cost effective way to make an equal amount of soup. So bear with me for a special savory edition on sugardollars.com!
Bouillon cubes are great, you just need to add some water and then you have instant stock. And they dont take up that much space, so even in a small kitchen like mine you can find some space for them. Each cube is $.84 and produces 16 oz of stock. You can probably get them even cheaper if you buy in larger quantities.
This one is a bit complicated because generally you’d get the bones from buying an entire chicken and then eating the chicken and using the leftover carcass. But I did some research and found that I could get just bones for about $2 a pound. And then according to the CIA (culinary institute of America duhh). 8 pounds of bones will make around 1 gallon of stock.
Commercial Chicken Stock
Buying chicken stock is probably the least effort way to get soup. You just heat the contents of the container, and viola! soup. Its pretty cheap and you are guaranteed that it will taste the same strength each time you make it. Nothing really to worry about, which is great when you are already feeling lousy. At $2.00 for 32 oz of stock its a pretty good deal too.
So now to compare, I calculated the cost to produce 1 gallon of stock using the three different methods. First bouillon cubes cost $6.72 to make 1 gallon of stock. Using bones will cost you around $16. And finally buying commercial stock will cost you $8. So the winner is the bouillon cubes!! Which is also my preferred method, because then i can keep a large tub of it without taking up the large amount of space all that water would take. We didn’t consider using cans of chicken noodle soup, because I’d have to figure out how much other stuff is in the can and price that out, but maybe I’ll add it in the future. What’s your favorite method of making soup?