Try Me Tuesday – Publix Chicken Broth


Welcome to this week’s Try Me Tuesday. Each week I will grab a new set of products and test them out. I’ll put the Publix brand up against a national brand product and report back. This week we are going to talk about a product I use several times per week in my kitchen - chicken broth.

I know many times I struggle with what brand to choose. Often a sale or a coupon/sale combination make that an easier decision…but what about those times when you need an item and there is not a sale? Do you grab the house brand or pay more and get the national brand? More importantly, is there really a difference in taste?

Publix Chicken Broth
Calories - 10
Fat - 0.5 g
Cholesterol - 0 mg
Total Carbohydrate - 0
Sodium - 960 mg

Swanson Chicken Broth
Calories - 10
Fat - 0.5 g
Cholesterol - 0 mg
Total Carbohydrate - 1 g
Sodium - 860 mg

Ok now on to the ingredient list:

Publix - 
Chicken Stock - contains less than 1% of salt, yeast extract, dextrose, onion powder, celery juice concentrate, carrot juice concentrate, natural flavoring, beta carotene (for color)

Swanson - 
Chicken Stock  - contains less than 1% of sea salt, salt, sugar, natural flavoring, dehydrated onions, yeast extract, chicken fat, canola oil, carrots, celery, onions

As you can see they are pretty similar but there are some differences. I decided to taste the broth plain and then used the broths to cook up two batches of rice.

Plain Tasting:

  • Publix - 1
  • Swanson - 1

Rice Tasing

  • Publix - 1
  • Swanson - 3

My husband was the only one who chose the Publix brand as the winner this week. They tasted so similar but there was a slight difference in taste. I could taste more veggie flavor in the Swanson's broth. Now, I would happily use both and because the price was basically identical, I am going to declare Swanson's the winner. If a time comes where I have to decide based on price...I would happily use either!


  1. Lana says

    One thing to consider though is that yeast extract is a hidden source of msg so if you are concerned about that then the Publix brand would have a significantly higher amount.

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