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Sparkling Water
Sparkling Water
Our tasters wanted prominent bubbles and a clean, crisp flavor. Which products f…
Published: June 2019
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Fontina
Fontina
We tasted eight cheeses, from authentic Fontina Val d'Aosta to the many versions…
Published: July 2019
Soba Noodles
Soba Noodles
These delicate buckwheat strands are one of Japan's most popular foods. We taste…
Published: April 2019
Tonic Water
Tonic Water
Fancy tonic waters abound. Do you need one to make a good gin and tonic?
Published: April 2019
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International Yogurts
International Yogurts
Three styles of yogurt have recently appeared on American supe…
Published: May 2019
Thick-Cut Bacon
Thick-Cut Bacon
We wanted a thick-cut bacon that would give us something to chew on.
Published: January 2019
White Miso Paste
White Miso Paste
Which fermented soybean paste strikes the right balance between salty, sweet, an…
Published: September 2018
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Quick-Cooking Basmati Rice
Quick-Cooking Basmati Rice
Are convenience versions of basmati rice any good?
Published: June 2018
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Fresh Mozzarella
Fresh Mozzarella
What makes the best fresh mozzarella? It's all about balance.
Published: July 2018
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Supermarket Burrata
Supermarket Burrata
Mozzarella's creamier, more glamorous cousin might just be the wow-factor cheese…
Published: May 2018
Ground Turmeric
Ground Turmeric
The popularity of this ancient spice has recently skyrocketed. For the most vibr…
Published: March 2018
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Pecorino Romano Cheese
Pecorino Romano Cheese
Is Pecorino Romano from Italy worth seeking out, or can domestic options do the …
Published: March 2018
Turkey Bacon
Turkey Bacon
What exactly is it? And can it compete with traditional pork bacon?
Published: March 2018
Dark Chocolate Chips
Dark Chocolate Chips
With chocolate chips now coming in different shapes, sizes, and even cacao perce…
Published: January 2018
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Mascarpone
Mascarpone
Tiramisù is just the tip of the iceberg for this creamy Italian cheese. But does…
Published: May 2017
Single-Varietal White Wine Vinegars
Single-Varietal White Wine Vinegars
Some markets now carry wine vinegars made from a specific variety of wine, such …
Published: May 2017
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Firm Tofu
Firm Tofu
Check the nutrition label for a clue about your tofu’s texture.
Published: January 2017
Vegan Mayonnaise
Vegan Mayonnaise
Vegan mayo can’t be very good, can it? Read on for a shocking surprise.
Published: November 2016
Whole-Milk Ricotta Cheese
Whole-Milk Ricotta Cheese
As any Italian grandmother knows, the importance of good ricotta cannot be overs…
Published: November 2016
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Ceylon Cinnamon
Ceylon Cinnamon
We tasted three nationally available Ceylon cinnamon products against our favori…
Published: September 2016
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Almond Butter
Almond Butter
The best almond butter contains more than just ground almonds.
Published: May 2016
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Sherry Vinegar
Sherry Vinegar
The woodsy yet vibrant taste of sherry vinegar makes it such a standout that it …
Published: March 2016
Smoked Paprika
Smoked Paprika
We tasted seven products, rating them on their flavor, level of smokiness, and o…
Published: March 2016
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Whole-Milk Greek Yogurt
Whole-Milk Greek Yogurt
Nonfat products used to dominate this market, but now whole-milk versions are ta…
Published: March 2016
Prepared Pesto
Prepared Pesto
We scooped up seven traditional basil pestos (also called pesto Genovese), price…
Published: March 2016
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Nonfat Greek Yogurt
Nonfat Greek Yogurt
We tasted eight nationally available supermarket plain-flavor nonfat Greek yogur…
Published: January 2016
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Gluten-Free Sandwich Bread
Gluten-Free Sandwich Bread
We tasted five white, and nine multigrain gluten-free sandwich breads to see if …
Published: September 2015
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Fish Sauce
Fish Sauce
We gathered five products from grocery stores and Asian markets and sampled the…
Published: September 2015
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Maple Syrup
Maple Syrup
Maple syrup continues to be produced on small farms in the same low-tech way tha…
Published: July 2015
Israeli Couscous
Israeli Couscous
We tasted five supermarket products, plain and in our Cook's Illustrated recipe …
Published: May 2015
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Smoked Salmon
Smoked Salmon
We gathered up five top-selling, widely available products to find the best choi…
Published: May 2015
Supermarket Brie
Supermarket Brie
Think French pedigree and words like “triple crème” indicate the best examples …
Published: May 2015
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Salted vs. Unsalted Chicken Stock
Salted vs. Unsalted Chicken Stock
Our favorite chicken broth is Swanson Chicken Stock, which we appreciate for its…
Published: January 2015
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Low-Sodium Vegetable Broth
Low-Sodium Vegetable Broth
Finding a low-sodium vegetable broth worth using is more difficult than it sound…
Published: November 2014
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Mexican Lagers
Mexican Lagers
We sampled the four best-selling imported Mexican lagers plain and cooked in dru…
Published: November 2014
Heritage Turkeys
Heritage Turkeys
Heritage turkeys forage for food and live twice as long as modern birds. They ca…
Published: September 2014