Prepared Pesto

Published March 1, 2016.

We scooped up seven traditional basil pestos (also called pesto Genovese), priced from $2.99 to $11.49 per container. We sampled each pesto plain and tossed with hot pasta.

Prepared Pesto

Supermarket Sauerkraut

Published February 1, 2016.

To find out which kraut is king, we tried six nationally available supermarket sauerkrauts plain, with hot dogs, and in pierogi.

Supermarket Sauerkraut

Mild Jarred Red Salsa

Published February 1, 2016.

Piquant jarred salsas can add a little spice to any occasion. But what do mild salsas have to offer?

Chi-Chi's Thick & Chunky Salsa

Hamburger Buns

Published October 1, 2015.

Which burger bun is the best?

Martin's Sandwich Potato Rolls

Fish Sauce

Published September 1, 2015.

We gathered five products from grocery stores and Asian markets and sampled them over white rice, mixed into a simple Thai dipping sauce, and in our recipe for Vietnamese Caramel Chicken.

Red Boat 40° N Fish Sauce

Tortilla Chips

Published August 1, 2015.

Can you judge a chip by its color?

On the Border Café Style Tortilla Chips

Unsweetened Shredded Coconut

Published June 1, 2015.

Until recently, you’d be lucky to find one brand of shredded coconut in the supermarket, but now there are lots of options—does it matter which one you choose?

Now Real Food Organic Unsweetened Coconut, Shredded

Dijon Mustard

Published March 1, 2015.

What traits guarantee a Dijon mustard that packs a wallop of clean heat and balanced acidity? Youth and, surprisingly, a little fat.

Trois Petits Cochons Moutarde de Dijon

Frozen Dinner Rolls

Published December 1, 2014.

When there isn't time to make fresh dinner rolls, the frozen variety can be a tempting alternative.

Frozen Dinner Rolls

Frozen Sausage Breakfast Links

Published December 1, 2014.

What makes great breakfast sausage? We link it all together.

Odom’s Tennessee Pride Fully Cooked Original Sausage Links

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

Processed Artichoke Hearts

Published September 1, 2014.

With so many options on the market, selecting a brand of processed artichoke hearts is often a stab in the dark.

Pastene Baby Artichokes

Frozen Pepperoni Pizza

Published August 1, 2014.

Frozen pizza has a bad rep, but a slew of new “artisanal” options promise pizzeria quality from the freezer aisle. Can any product deliver?

Frozen Pepperoni Pizza

Supermarket Frozen Yogurt

Published July 1, 2014.

These days, supermarket frozen yogurts are flying off the shelves. Is that because they’re healthful and taste good—or because they simply sound that way?

TCBY Classic Vanilla Bean Frozen Yogurt

Corn Tortillas

Published February 1, 2014.

Our top pick has both flavor and flex, thanks to plenty of salt and an ingredient none of the other brands use.

La Banderita Corn Tortillas, White (also sold as Olé)

Blue Cheese Dressing

Published October 1, 2013.

Was it too much to ask for a blue cheese dressing that was thick, creamy, and actually tasted like blue cheese?

Wish-Bone Chunky Blue Cheese Dressing

Frozen Straight-Cut French Fries

Published June 1, 2013.

Homemade fries are not usually an option for weeknight cooking—but was there a frozen brand good enough to earn a place in our freezer?

Alexia Organic Yukon Select Fries

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

Ice Cream Cones

Published June 1, 2012.

We tasted five supermarket sugar cones and waffle cones (after much debate, we decided to save cup-style “cake” cones for another day), both plain and filled with vanilla ice cream.

Comet (Nabisco) Sugar Cones

Supermarket Tortellini

Published April 1, 2012.

Is store-bought tortellini any good?

Buitoni Three Cheese Tortellini

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

Aerosol Whipped Cream

Published September 1, 2011.

Whipped cream in a can is convenient, but do the flavor and texture measure up to homemade?

Aerosol Whipped Cream

Graham Crackers

Published June 1, 2011.

We tasted three top-selling national brands to see which came out on top.

keebler graham crackers

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
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