In an ideal world, one would rely exclusively on homemade stock, but let's face it, unless you're an expert planner with a well-stocked freezer, store-bought stock is often the way to go. The problem is that most stock is sold in large four-cup packages, which perishes in less than five days. Recently, I noticed that my local supermarket started stocking a one-cup package from Kitchen Basics (my go-to store-bought stock brand). At the discovery, I had an excited (although embarrassing) vocal outburst while standing in the aisle. A simple but life-changing solution, I'll be stocking up on these mini-packs as well as their chubbier four-cup containers from now on. I urge you to do the same and avoid dumping out unused stock.