The cubed stuff has a baking soda / asprin taste. These days if you drop the cube in water it foams like alka selzter, ick!
I will be making some beef stock here soon. Going to freeze and use when I need it. I am still saving my chicken bones, skin, wing tips, necks, etc for chicken broth / soup. I put in a ziplock and freeze, when I get enough, I make soup. I also put the onion pieces, celery pieces, carrot pieces in the bag to freeze.
The closer you are to fake food (store bought, prepackaged stuff, ready to eat) the lesser your taste buds are, and you will not notice when it is real from scratch. This is why I do not cook for anybody else these days besides my husband. And, yes, I can cook very well. too much ready to eat stuff has ruined people's palettes. Sad.