Beef Broth

Published January 1, 2016.

Commercial beef broths contain almost no beef. So what exactly are these products adding to your recipes?

Better Than Bouillon Beef Base

Harissa

Published January 1, 2016.

Harissa is a North African chili paste that’s used as a condiment. It’s potent, so just a dollop adds a jolt of bright, spicy flavor to everything from soups and stews to sautéed vegetables and fried eggs.

Mina Harissa, Spicy

Supermarket Extra-Virgin Olive Oil

Published November 1, 2015.

Often dull or even rancid-tasting, supermarket olive oils never seem to live up to their extra-virgin designation. Have new industry standards improved the options?

California Olive Ranch Everyday Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Multigrain Gluten-Free Sandwich Bread

Published November 1, 2015.

We bought nine brands of multigrain and whole-grain gluten-free sandwich bread, sampling them plain and toasted with butter.

Canyon Bakehouse 7-Grain Bread, Gluten-Free

Maple Syrup

Published September 1, 2015.

Maple syrup continues to be produced on small farms in the same low-tech way that it has been for centuries. But that’s not the whole story.

Uncle Luke's Pure Maple Syrup, Grade A Dark Amber

Supermarket Honey

Published August 1, 2015.

To find the best supermarket honey, we selected five top-selling honeys—three traditional and two raw.

Nature Nate’s 100% Pure Raw and Unfiltered Honey

Supermarket Balsamic

Published July 1, 2015.

In recent years, Italy has created a new set of guidelines for mass-produced balsamic vinegar. We wanted to know if these new laws guarantee a better-quality product.

Bertolli Balsamic Vinegar of Modena

Dill Pickle Spears

Published April 1, 2015.

To see if the quality of supermarket pickles had improved in recent years, we put five kosher dill pickle spears to the test.

Dill Pickle Spears

Low-Sodium Vegetable Broth

Published January 1, 2015.

Finding a low-sodium vegetable broth worth using is more difficult than it sounds.

Edward & Sons Low Sodium Not-Chick’n Natural Bouillon Cubes

Vegetarian Broth

Published January 1, 2015.

More vegetables, better broth? We tasted a slew of products and discovered that, in most cases, the answer is no.

Orrington Farms Vegan Chicken Flavored Broth Base & Seasoning

Apricot Preserves

Published November 1, 2014.

We tasted five top-selling products plain and in our Cook's Illustrated French Apple Tart.

Smucker’s Apricot Preserves

Peach Preserves

Published June 1, 2014.

We tested five brands to find our favorite peach flavor.

Peach Preserves

Brown Mustard

Published April 1, 2014.

Products awash in vinegar didn’t cut the mustard with our tasters.

Gulden's Spicy Brown Mustard

Canned Crushed Pineapple

Published April 1, 2014.

We put three supermarket pineapple products to the test, sampling them both plain and in baked goods.

Dole Crushed Pineapple in 100% Pineapple Juice

Bread Crumbs

Published December 1, 2013.

Two styles of bread crumbs and seven determined contenders. The battle for big crunch and good grip was on.

Ian’s Panko Breadcrumbs, Original Style

Egg Noodles

Published October 1, 2013.

What makes the best egg noodles? The right shape, right amount of fat, and right type of flour.

Pennsylvania Dutch Wide Egg Noodles

Jarred Medium Salsa

Published August 1, 2013.

Sure, it sells well, but is salsa from the supermarket actually any good?

Chi-Chi’s Medium Thick and Chunky Salsa

Jarred Green Salsa

Published August 1, 2013.

Salsa verde adds tangy zest to tacos, enchiladas, and more. We rounded up five nationally available, shelf-stable products and tasted them plain and with tortilla chips.

Frontera Tomatillo Salsa

Chicken Broth

Published July 1, 2013.

Just about every broth in the supermarket amounts to a science project of flavor enhancers and salt. Does that have to be a bad thing?

Swanson Chicken Stock

Gluten-Free White Sandwich Bread

Published July 1, 2013.

Gluten-free bread may be a multi-billion-dollar industry—but are there any slices actually worth eating?

Udi’s Gluten Free White Sandwich Bread

High-End Barbecue Sauces

Published July 1, 2013.

We put four small-batch, mail-order barbecue sauces to the test against our supermarket favorite.

Pork Barrel Original BBQ Sauce

Pimento-Stuffed Green Olives

Published May 1, 2013.

Pimento-stuffed green olives aren’t just for martinis.

Mezzetta Super Colossal Spanish Queen Pimiento Stuffed Olives

Hot Sauces

Published May 1, 2012.

Of course a good hot sauce should pack some heat. But a great hot sauce should also enhance the flavor of your food.

Hot Sauces

Hottest Hot Sauces

Published May 1, 2012.

What good is hot sauce so scorching you can't even taste it?

Heartbreaking Dawns 1498 Cauterizer

Grits

Published April 1, 2012.

If you're just going to slather them with butter and cheese, does it really matter what brand of grits you buy?

Anson Mills Pencil Cob Grits
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