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Kosher Salt
Kosher Salt
There are two major brands of kosher salt: Diamond Crystal and Morton. We have a…
Published: October 2019
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Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
There have been lots of changes in the olive oil world since we last tested supe…
Published: August 2019
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Lentils
Lentils
Lentils are the perfect pantry staple: inexpensive, elegant, and packed with nut…
Published: August 2019
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Sushi Rice
Sushi Rice
We tasted eight versions of this global food staple in search of a product that …
Published: June 2019
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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: July 2019
Tonic Water
Tonic Water
Fancy tonic waters abound. Do you need one to make a good gin and tonic?
Published: May 2019
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International Yogurts
International Yogurts
Three styles of yogurt have recently appeared on American supe…
Published: May 2019
Black Peppercorns
Black Peppercorns
Black pepper has been used in cooking for centuries, but we still have a lot to …
Published: April 2019
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Capers
Capers
We love the briny, vegetal flavor and subtle crunch of capers. Which product is …
Published: April 2019
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Thick-Cut Bacon
Thick-Cut Bacon
We wanted a thick-cut bacon that would give us something to chew on.
Published: January 2019
Tomato Paste
Tomato Paste
American cans versus Italian tubes: We find out what's really important when it …
Published: March 2019
Vanilla
Vanilla
Cyclones, theft, petrochemicals, market swings—vanilla is anything but boring. W…
Published: January 2019
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Unsweetened Chocolate
Unsweetened Chocolate
Plain-Jane unsweetened chocolate may not inspire the same passion as our favorit…
Published: January 2019
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Unsalted Butter
Unsalted Butter
For everyday cooking and baking, which unsalted butter is best? We tested seven …
Published: November 2018
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Crunchy Peanut Butter
Crunchy Peanut Butter
Ever wonder how many peanut pieces are actually in a jar of crunchy peanut butte…
Published: November 2018
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Basmati Rice
Basmati Rice
From its extra-long, slender grains to its distinctive nutty flavor and popcorn-…
Published: September 2018
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Quick-Cooking Basmati Rice
Quick-Cooking Basmati Rice
Are convenience versions of basmati rice any good?
Published: September 2018
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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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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: July 2018
Ground Turmeric
Ground Turmeric
The popularity of this ancient spice has recently skyrocketed. For the most vibr…
Published: May 2018
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Cocoa Powder
Cocoa Powder
The big debate in cocoa powder has always been Dutch-processed versus natural. I…
Published: May 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
Canned Chickpeas
Canned Chickpeas
When it comes to choosing canned chickpeas, the secret’s in the salt.
Published: January 2018
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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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Dry Vermouth
Dry Vermouth
Could we find a bottle that would do double duty for cooking and cocktails?
Published: November 2017
Feta Cheese
Feta Cheese
After sorting through three different milks, three countries, and eight products…
Published: September 2017
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Tahini
Tahini
Finding the best tahini can be a real grind.
Published: September 2017
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Mascarpone
Mascarpone
Tiramisù is just the tip of the iceberg for this creamy Italian cheese. But does…
Published: July 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: June 2017
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White Wine Vinegar
White Wine Vinegar
Versatility can seem boring, but it’s an asset for this pantry staple.
Published: July 2017
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Coconut Milk
Coconut Milk
We were shocked by the dramatic differences among canned coconut milks.
Published: May 2017
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Gruyère Cheese
Gruyère Cheese
The right Gruyère is buttery and complex, is pleasantly firm and dense, and melt…
Published: May 2017