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Supermarket Burrata
Published: July 2018
Supermarket Burrata
Mozzarella's creamier, more glamorous cousin might just be the wow-factor cheese…
Ground Turmeric
Published: May 2018
Ground Turmeric
The popularity of this ancient spice has recently skyrocketed. For the most vibr…
Cocoa Powder
Published: May 2018
Cocoa Powder
The big debate in cocoa powder has always been Dutch-processed versus natural. I…
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Pecorino Romano Cheese
Published: March 2018
Pecorino Romano Cheese
Is Pecorino Romano from Italy worth seeking out, or can domestic options do the …
Turkey Bacon
Published: March 2018
Turkey Bacon
What exactly is it? And can it compete with traditional pork bacon?
Dark Chocolate Chips
Published: January 2018
Dark Chocolate Chips
With chocolate chips now coming in different shapes, sizes, and even cacao perce…
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Canned Chickpeas
Published: January 2018
Canned Chickpeas
When it comes to choosing canned chickpeas, the secret’s in the salt.
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Dry Vermouth
Published: November 2017
Dry Vermouth
Could we find a bottle that would do double duty for cooking and cocktails?
Supermarket Turkey
Published: November 2017
Supermarket Turkey
The holidays are no time to gamble on a bird that cooks up dry and bland—or, wor…
Tahini
Published: September 2017
Tahini
Finding the best tahini can be a real grind.
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Feta Cheese
Published: September 2017
Feta Cheese
After sorting through three different milks, three countries, and eight products…
White Wine Vinegar
Published: July 2017
White Wine Vinegar
Versatility can seem boring, but it’s an asset for this pantry staple.
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Mascarpone
Published: July 2017
Mascarpone
Tiramisù is just the tip of the iceberg for this creamy Italian cheese. But does…
Single-Varietal White Wine Vinegars
Published: June 2017
Single-Varietal White Wine Vinegars
Some markets now carry wine vinegars made from a specific variety of wine, such …
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Coconut Milk
Published: May 2017
Coconut Milk
We were shocked by the dramatic differences among canned coconut milks.
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Gruyère Cheese
Published: May 2017
Gruyère Cheese
The right Gruyère is buttery and complex, is pleasantly firm and dense, and melt…
Premium Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
Published: March 2017
Premium Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
High-end extra-virgin olive oils offer a world of flavor beyond grocery-store op…
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Firm Tofu
Published: March 2017
Firm Tofu
Check the nutrition label for a clue about your tofu’s texture.
Vegan Mayonnaise
Published: January 2017
Vegan Mayonnaise
Vegan mayo can’t be very good, can it? Read on for a shocking surprise.
Crushed Tomatoes
Published: January 2017
Crushed Tomatoes
Sometimes smooth like puree and sometimes chock-full of chunks, crushed tomatoe…
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Whole-Milk Ricotta Cheese
Published: November 2016
Whole-Milk Ricotta Cheese
As any Italian grandmother knows, the importance of good ricotta cannot be overs…
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Cinnamon
Published: November 2016
Cinnamon
Labels touting origin imply there’s more to this standby spice than there once …
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Ceylon Cinnamon
Published: November 2016
Ceylon Cinnamon
We tasted three nationally available Ceylon cinnamon products against our favori…
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Anchovies
Published: September 2016
Anchovies
Even if you’d never put anchovies on a pizza or a salad, a tin of these little f…
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Soy Sauce
Published: September 2016
Soy Sauce
Savory, fragrant, umami-rich soy sauce is a staple in American kitchens. But ch…
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Supermarket Parmesan
Published: July 2016
Supermarket Parmesan
For a cheese with all the nutty, savory flavor and crumbly, crystalline texture…
Almond Butter
Published: July 2016
Almond Butter
The best almond butter contains more than just ground almonds.
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Sherry Vinegar
Published: May 2016
Sherry Vinegar
The woodsy yet vibrant taste of sherry vinegar makes it such a standout that it …
Smoked Paprika
Published: May 2016
Smoked Paprika
We tasted seven products, rating them on their flavor, level of smokiness, and o…
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Nonfat Greek Yogurt
Published: March 2016
Nonfat Greek Yogurt
We tasted eight nationally available supermarket plain-flavor nonfat Greek yogur…
Prepared Pesto
Published: March 2016
Prepared Pesto
We scooped up seven traditional basil pestos (also called pesto Genovese), price…
Whole-Milk Greek Yogurt
Published: March 2016
Whole-Milk Greek Yogurt
Nonfat products used to dominate this market, but now whole-milk versions are ta…
Beef Broth
Published: January 2016
Beef Broth
Commercial beef broths contain almost no beef. So what exactly are these product…
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Gluten-Free Sandwich Bread
Published: November 2015
Gluten-Free Sandwich Bread
We tasted five white, and nine multigrain gluten-free sandwich breads to see if …
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Supermarket Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
Published: November 2015
Supermarket Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
Often dull or even rancid-tasting, supermarket olive oils never seem to live up …
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Israeli Couscous
Published: July 2015
Israeli Couscous
We tasted five supermarket products, plain and in our Cook's Illustrated recipe …
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