Dried White Beans

Published May 1, 2014.

We’ve always been a little prejudiced in favor of dried beans over canned. But is that always true?

Dried White Beans

Jasmine Rice

Published March 1, 2014.

We put six brands of jasmine rice—from supermarket varieties to high-end mail-order grains—to the test.

Jasmine Rice

Gluten-Free Spaghetti

Published November 1, 2013.

We stomached plenty of mushy, gritty, and bland noodles to find a superior gluten-free pasta.

Gluten-Free Spaghetti

Wild Rice

Published January 1, 2013.

Who knew wild rice was actually an aquatic grass? See which brand swam to the top of our list.

Wild Rice

Supermarket Hummus

Published January 1, 2013.

This creamy chickpea spread has gone from health food obscurity to the No. 1 refrigerated dip. But some brands definitely aren't worth a swipe.

Supermarket Hummus

Multigrain Bread

Published October 1, 2012.

At the supermarket, these loaves range from pale and fluffy to dark and hearty, packed with everything from quinoa to wheat berries. With so many options, which multigrain bread tastes best?

Multigrain Bread

Flour Tortillas

Published September 1, 2012.

We gathered four national brands of 6-inch flour tortillas and put them to the test, tasting them plain and with fajitas.

Flour Tortillas

Dried Rice Noodles

Published September 1, 2012.

We gathered three national brands, tasting them plain and in our Thai noodle stir-fry.

Dried Rice Noodles

Ready Rice

Published August 1, 2012.

It’s called “ready rice” for a reason: Microwave it for less than two minutes, right in the package it comes in, and it’s ready to eat. No question it’s fast, but does it taste good?

Ready Rice

Supermarket Tortellini

Published April 1, 2012.

Is store-bought tortellini any good?

Supermarket Tortellini

Supermarket Potato Gnocchi

Published March 15, 2012.

When time is short, should you reach for vacuum-packed, shelf-stable gnocchi?

Spaghetti

Published January 1, 2012.

Our tests proved that once pasta is topped with sauce, flavor differences from brand to brand are very subtle. But texture is a whole different story.

Spaghetti

Supermarket Cheese Ravioli

Published January 1, 2012.

Store-bought cheese ravioli offer convenience, but would any pass muster?

Supermarket Cheese Ravioli

Whole Wheat Lasagna Noodles

Published September 1, 2011.

When last year’s whole wheat spaghetti tasting turned up more than one pasta that offered pleasantly nutty flavor and tender-firm chew, we wondered if the trend extended to noodle shapes like lasagna.

Whole Wheat Lasagna Noodles

Long-Grain Brown Rice

Published August 15, 2011.

For a product with so little processing, does the brand of brown rice really matter?

Long-Grain Brown Rice

Macaroni and Cheese

Published April 1, 2011.

We tasted 25 boxed and frozen versions of mostly clumpy, gloppy, wimpy mac and cheese. Were there any we’d actually eat?

Macaroni and Cheese

Dried Black Beans

Published March 1, 2011.

Canned beans may be convenient, but their flavor and texture never measure up to dried.

Long-Grain Rice

Published February 1, 2010.

Since white rice is neutral in flavor, does it matter which kind you use? We tasted six products to find out.

Long-Grain Rice

Canned Black Beans

Published February 1, 2010.

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

Canned Black Beans

Whole-Wheat Pasta

Published January 1, 2010.

Whole-wheat pasta used to be awful, with mushy texture and a cardboard taste. Have manufacturers finally figured out how to make it rival white pasta?

Whole-Wheat Pasta

Rolled Oats

Published July 1, 2009.

We prefer rolled oats for baking. Here are our recommendations for what brand to use.

Rolled Oats

Steel-Cut Oats

Published July 1, 2009.

Judging from the brands and styles cramming supermarket shelves, there's an oat for almost every taste. Are any better for breakfast or for baking?

Steel-Cut Oats

Stone-Ground Oats

Published July 1, 2009.

We tested one brand of stone-ground oats. Could they please our tasters' palates?

Stone-Ground Oats

Canned Baked Beans

Published June 1, 2009.

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

Canned Baked Beans

English Muffins

Published February 1, 2009.

Are there real differences among the four major national brands of English muffins? To find out, we got busy toasting.

English Muffins
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