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Crushed Tomatoes
Crushed Tomatoes
Sometimes smooth like puree and sometimes chock-full of chunks, crushed tomatoes can be the most unpredictable product in the canned tomato aisle.
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Spiral-Sliced Ham
Spiral-Sliced Ham
Spiral-sliced ham is an easy and elegant holiday centerpiece. But not all hams are created equal.
Whole-Milk Ricotta Cheese
Whole-Milk Ricotta Cheese
As any Italian grandmother knows, the importance of good ricotta cannot be overstated.
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Cinnamon
Cinnamon
Labels touting origin imply there’s more to this standby spice than there once was. How much does source influence flavor?
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Ceylon Cinnamon
Ceylon Cinnamon
We tasted three nationally available Ceylon cinnamon products against our favorite Indonesian cinnamon, swirling them into rice pudding and baking them into cin…
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Canned Pumpkin
Canned Pumpkin
What’s the best canned pumpkin?
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Anchovies
Anchovies
Even if you’d never put anchovies on a pizza or a salad, a tin of these little fish fillets deserves a spot in your pantry.
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Soy Sauce
Soy Sauce
Savory, fragrant, umami-rich soy sauce is a staple in American kitchens. But choose the wrong product and all you get is a salt bomb.
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Fettuccine
Fettuccine
When prepared well, these long, wide noodles are greater than the sum of their short ingredient list, showcasing a clean flavor and a hint of springy chew. But …
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Bagged Popcorn
Bagged Popcorn
Bagged popcorn is selling like crazy these days; does it deserve the hype?
Supermarket Parmesan
Supermarket Parmesan
For a cheese with all the nutty, savory flavor and crumbly, crystalline texture of the original, do the cows really have to eat Italian grass?
Almond Butter
Almond Butter
The best almond butter contains more than just ground almonds.
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All-Beef Hot Dogs
All-Beef Hot Dogs
We ate hundreds of hot dogs to unlock the mystery of this classic summertime sausage.
Worcestershire Sauce
Worcestershire Sauce
We tasted four nationally available bottled Worcestershire sauces to find one with bold, balanced flavor.
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Sherry Vinegar
Sherry Vinegar
The woodsy yet vibrant taste of sherry vinegar makes it such a standout that it just might become your favorite everyday vinegar.
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Smoked Paprika
Smoked Paprika
We tasted seven products, rating them on their flavor, level of smokiness, and overall appeal.
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Supermarket Whipped Toppings
Supermarket Whipped Toppings
Are supermarket whipped toppings any good?
Supermarket Black Tea
Supermarket Black Tea
Which black tea you should buy depends on how you take it—plain or with milk and sugar.
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Nonfat Greek Yogurt
Nonfat Greek Yogurt
We tasted eight nationally available supermarket plain-flavor nonfat Greek yogurts, sampling them in two blind tastings, first plain and then in Greek-style tza…
Prepared Pesto
Prepared Pesto
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 wit…
Whole-Milk Greek Yogurt
Whole-Milk Greek Yogurt
Nonfat products used to dominate this market, but now whole-milk versions are taking over. Does more fat equal better yogurt?
Supermarket Sauerkraut
Supermarket Sauerkraut
To find out which kraut is king, we tried six nationally available supermarket sauerkrauts plain, with hot dogs, and in pierogi.
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Mild Jarred Red Salsa
Mild Jarred Red Salsa
Piquant jarred salsas can add a little spice to any occasion. But what do mild salsas have to offer?
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Beef Broth
Beef Broth
Commercial beef broths contain almost no beef. So what exactly are these products adding to your recipes?
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Harissa
Harissa
Harissa is a North African chili paste that’s used as a condiment. It’s potent, so just a dollop adds a jolt of bright, spicy flavor to everything from soups an…
Baking Powder
Baking Powder
We always assumed all baking powders were created equal. Boy, were we wrong.
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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 we could find a supermarket brand worth buying.
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Supermarket Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
Supermarket Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
Often dull or even rancid-tasting, supermarket olive oils never seem to live up to their extra-virgin designation. Have new industry standards improved the opt…
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Preshredded Parmesan Cheese
Preshredded Parmesan Cheese
Shredding cheese is time-consuming. Is there an acceptable shortcut even skeptics can get behind?
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Hamburger Buns
Hamburger Buns
Which burger bun is the best?
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Tortilla Chips
Tortilla Chips
Can you judge a chip by its color?
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Supermarket Honey
Supermarket Honey
To find the best supermarket honey, we selected five top-selling honeys—three traditional and two raw.
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Israeli Couscous
Israeli Couscous
We tasted five supermarket products, plain and in our Cook's Illustrated recipe for Israeli Couscous with Lemon, Mint, Peas, Feta, and Pickled Shallots.
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Supermarket Balsamic
Supermarket Balsamic
In recent years, Italy has created a new set of guidelines for mass-produced balsamic vinegar. We wanted to know if these new laws guarantee a better-quality pr…
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American Cheese
American Cheese
Hate to love it or love to hate it? We slice through the stigma surrounding American cheese.
Unsweetened Shredded Coconut
Unsweetened Shredded Coconut
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?