A Juicy Topic

Frozen Orange Juice Concentrate

We’d long written off frozen concentrated orange juice as a relic from the 1950s, but after a blind taste test we were shocked to discover that we actually liked two of the products.

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Getting Saucy

Steak Sauce

Our top-rated brand provided a nice counterpart that let the meat shine through without overwhelming its flavor. The sauce is tomatoey, spicy, and earthy, with a rich, fruity sweetness and a "peppery tang."

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Best Breakfast

Pancake Mixes

Our top two mixes require the addition of vegetable oil (along with milk and egg) to reconstitute the batter; oil affects texture by helping to govern how the air bubbles in the batter are retained during cooking.

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Gluten-Free Spaghetti

Our winner tasted pretty close to the real deal and made it our favorite by a long shot. Plus, we’re happy to report that at 33 cents per ounce, it was among the cheaper gluten-free spaghettis we tasted (all of which were about five times more expensive than wheat pasta).

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On Top of Spaghetti

Premium Pasta Sauce

Jarred pasta sauces are showing up on supermarket shelves with upscale twists: a dash of wine here, fancy olive oil there. Do these dolled-up sauces really taste better than standard jarred marinara?

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Easy Baking

Boxed Brownie Mixes

Do any come close to homemade? To find out which of these mixes are any good, we rounded up seven national brands of boxed brownie mixes, baked them according to package instructions, and called our tasters to the table.

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Freezer Aisle

Frozen Sweet Cherries

Cherry season is a mere blip on the summer-produce radar, so a good brand of frozen cherries can come in handy, especially for holiday pies and fruit-based desserts.

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Warm and Toasty

Supermarket Medium Roast Coffee

Decades after they convinced Americans to drink ultradark French and Italian roasts, the producers of blackened beans are coming out with lighter options. So how’s the coffee?

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