Brown Rice

Published February 1, 2015.

Trust what’s in the bag, not on it.

Lundberg Organic Brown Long Grain Rice

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?

Rancho Gordo Classic Cassoulet Bean

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.

Dynasty Jasmine 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.

Sabra Classic Hummus

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.

Goose Valley Wild Rice

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?

Nature's Pride 12 Grain

Dried Rice Noodles

Published September 1, 2012.

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

Thai Kitchen Stir-Fry Rice Noodles

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.

Old El Paso 6-Inch Flour Tortillas

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?

Minute Ready to Serve White Rice

Supermarket Potato Gnocchi

Published March 15, 2012.

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

Supermarket Cheese Ravioli

Published January 1, 2012.

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

Celentano 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

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?

Stouffer’s Macaroni & Cheese Family Size

Dried Black Beans

Published March 1, 2011.

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

Dried Black Beans

Canned Black Beans

Published February 1, 2010.

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

Bush's Best Black Beans

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.

Lundberg Organic Long-Grain White Rice

Stone-Ground Oats

Published July 1, 2009.

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

Bob's Red Mill Scottish Oats

Rolled Oats

Published July 1, 2009.

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

Bob’s Red Mill Old-Fashioned Rolled Oats

Canned Baked Beans

Published June 1, 2009.

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

B&M Vegetarian 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.

Bays English Muffins

Elbow Macaroni

Published August 1, 2008.

One candidate nudged out the rest of the competition.

Barilla Elbows

Canned Chickpeas

Published May 1, 2008.

The top brands were notable for chickpeas that were tender, creamy, and well seasoned.

Pastene Chick Peas

Whole Wheat Bread

Published October 1, 2007.

Our tasters wanted wheat, not sweetness.

Pepperidge Farm 100% Natural Whole Wheat Bread

Penne

Published July 1, 2007.

Are the specialty brands and Italian imports worth the extra price?

Mueller’s Penne Rigate

Refried Beans

Published January 1, 2006.

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

Taco Bell Home Originals Refried Beans
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