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Too many cooks spoil the stew.

 and Too many Cooks spoil the broth.
Prov. Cliché Too many people trying to manage something simply spoil it. Let's decide who is in charge around here. Too many cooks spoil the stew. Everyone is giving orders, but no one is following them! Too many cooks spoil the broth.
See also: cook, many, spoil, stew

save one's breath

Refrain from arguing about a lost cause, as in You can save your breath; I'm not going to change my mind. This term was also put as save your breath to cool your porridge (or broth), that is, by not blowing on the too hot liquid. The idea of not expending one's breath to say something another person doesn't want to hear dates from the early 1700s.
See also: breath, save

too many cooks spoil the broth

Too many persons involved in managing an activity can ruin it, as in Without a conductor, every player had an idea for how the music should go-too many cooks spoil the broth . This expression alludes to each of many cooks adding something to a soup, which finally tastes awful. It was already considered a proverb in 1575 (by George Gascoigne in The Life of P. Care).
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Its Rosemary & Garlic Chicken Bone Broth is equal parts comfort and refreshment, featuring a delicate balance of invigorating herbs, warm garlic and stimulating citrus.
From our favourite, the Scots broth, to a Tunisian chickpea lemon broth, a spicy Thai noodle broth, a gelatinous Japanese ramen or a heady Indian hlelem.
8220;Real bone broths are making a comeback as their benefits are being rediscovered.
The range of six Asian broth stocks provides the basis for a delicious meal that is healthy, convenient and tasty.
Many consumers, the company says, purchase broth in quart containers that end up pushed to the back of the refrigerator after the initial use and often spoil.
In fish chowders, she uses a combination of bottled clam juice or liquid from the can of fish along with some chicken broth to add more depth of flavor and reduce the salt.
Another vegetarian one-pot dish from Indonesia combines seasonal vegetables, such as cabbage, spinach, onions, corn, potatoes, and squash, with vegetable broth and is flavored with tamarind, cinnamon, bay leaf, garlic, and ginger.
Aseptic containers, used, for example, by Pacific Foods for their line of Natural Broths, are handy because they are shelf-stable, and are produced (and usually filled) using less energy than other commercial forms of packaging.
Seafood Flavor Added to Concentrated Broth Collection
Broths With Tuna, Shrimp & Whitefish in a Decadent Silky Broth
Available in Chicken, Reduced Sodium Chicken and Beef varieties, the broths are available in 14-ounce cans and easy-to-pour 32-ounce recloseable cartons.
Or heat some vegetable broth, add some fresh or canned mushrooms, and make your own noodle bowl.
A departure from soup's more familiar appearance at the beginning of a meal, these broths from China are designed as palate cleansers, to follow the main course.