Fire-Roasted Tomatoes

Published September 1, 2014.

Could canned, diced fire-roasted tomatoes deliver the smoky complexity of fresh? We gathered three nationally available diced fire-roasted tomato products to find out.

Fire-Roasted Tomatoes

Canned White Beans

Published May 1, 2014.

Think canned cannellini beans are no match for dried beans cooked from scratch? Today’s canning processes might just prove that notion full of beans.

Canned White Beans

Frozen Orange Juice Concentrate

Published April 1, 2013.

We’d long written off frozen concentrated orange juice as a relic from the 1950s and were shocked to find that we actually liked two of the products.

Frozen Orange Juice Concentrate

Crabmeat

Published May 1, 2012.

If you can't find fresh crabmeat, don't despair. There are several packaged options that are almost as good.

Crabmeat

Canned Whole Tomatoes

Published March 1, 2012.

When it comes to the best canned tomatoes, is Italian pedigree the determining factor, or do the sweetest, brightest-tasting specimens come from this side of the Atlantic?

Canned Whole Tomatoes

Tomato Soup

Published October 1, 2011.

Canned tomato soup is often disappointing, loaded with salt and sugar to prop up processed, flavorless ingredients. Does any brand actually taste like tomato?

Tomato Soup

Canned Tuna

Published July 1, 2011.

Canned tuna has never been high-class fare, but nowadays some manufacturers are ­promising top-quality fish and processing methods that preserve fresh flavor. Have the tides turned? 

Canned Tuna

Premium Canned Tuna

Published July 1, 2011.

You'd never recognize this ultra-premium product as canned tuna—and you'd never mash it up into tuna salad.

Premium Canned Tuna

Tomato Paste

Published October 1, 2010.

In a tight race, one brand edged ahead with bright, balanced flavor both straight from the can and cooked.

Tomato Paste

Beef Broth

Published September 1, 2010.

For years we’ve tried to find rich, complex broth that truly tastes like beef—not just salt or vegetables. When we finally did, the ingredients surprised us.

Beef Broth

Canned Diced Tomatoes

Published July 1, 2010.

When most brands garner comments like “sour, old, sad,” we just had to ask: What does it take to produce good canned diced tomatoes?

Canned Diced Tomatoes

Canned Black Beans

Published February 1, 2010.

While salt can be both friend and foe, mush is always a foe.

Canned Black Beans

Canned Chicken Noodle Soup

Published October 1, 2009.

Our winners had two things in common: plenty of salt and MSG.

Canned Chicken Noodle Soup

Canned Corn

Published June 1, 2009.

We wanted canned corn with a vibrant, fresh corn taste.

Canned Corn

Canned Baked Beans

Published June 1, 2009.

A sweet discovery helped us see which baked beans are best.

Canned Baked Beans

Tomato Puree

Published March 1, 2009.

Does the brand really matter?

Tomato Puree

Vegetable Broth

Published May 1, 2008.

It’s no surprise that veggie broths lack meat and bones, but why do so many rely on salt and "flavor potentiators" rather than vegetables? No wonder most brands are so bad.

Vegetable Broth

Anchovy Paste

Published October 1, 2007.

If you just need a touch of anchovy, can you reach for the tube and not the jar?

Anchovy Paste

Crushed Tomatoes

Published May 1, 2007.

We knew that using the wrong kind of crushed tomatoes could ruin a dish. But learning just what's in those cans took some unusual testing.

Crushed Tomatoes

Coconut Milk

Published January 1, 2007.

We tasted seven nationally available brands to find the best flavor for our soups and curries.

Coconut Milk

Canned Pumpkin

Published November 1, 2006.

We sampled pies made from each of the three nationally available brands to see if we were opening the best can.

Canned Pumpkin

Refried Beans

Published January 1, 2006.

We found three brands that might serve, in a pinch.

Refried Beans

Canned Gravy

Published November 1, 2002.

Is store-bought gravy worth the time saved?

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