Canned Goods

19 Kitchen-Tested Ingredients

Coconut Milk
Coconut Milk
We were shocked by the dramatic differences among canned coconut milks.
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Fire-Roasted Tomatoes
Fire-Roasted Tomatoes
Could canned, diced fire-roasted tomatoes deliver the smoky complexity of fresh? We gathered three nationally available diced fire-roasted tomato products to fi…
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Canned White Beans
Canned White Beans
Think canned cannellini beans are no match for dried beans cooked from scratch? Today’s canning processes might just prove that notion full of beans.
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Frozen Orange Juice Concentrate
Frozen Orange Juice Concentrate
We’d long written off frozen concentrated orange juice as a relic from the 1950s and were shocked to find that we actually liked two of the products.
Crabmeat
Crabmeat
If you can't find fresh crabmeat, don't despair. There are several packaged options that are almost as good.
Tomato Soup
Tomato Soup
Canned tomato soup is often disappointing, loaded with salt and sugar to prop up processed, flavorless ingredients. Does any brand actually taste like tomato?
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Canned Tuna
Canned Tuna
Canned tuna has never been high-class fare, but nowadays some manufacturers are ­promising top-quality fish and processing methods that preserve fresh flavor. H…
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Premium Canned Tuna
Premium Canned Tuna
You'd never recognize this ultra-premium product as canned tuna—and you'd never mash it up into tuna salad.
Tomato Paste
Tomato Paste
In a tight race, one brand edged ahead with bright, balanced flavor both straight from the can and cooked.
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Canned Diced Tomatoes
Canned Diced Tomatoes
When most brands garner comments like “sour, old, sad,” we just had to ask: What does it take to produce good canned diced tomatoes?
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Canned Black Beans
Canned Black Beans
While salt can be both friend and foe, mush is always a foe.
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Canned Chicken Noodle Soup
Canned Chicken Noodle Soup
Our winners had two things in common: plenty of salt and MSG.
Canned Corn
Canned Corn
We wanted canned corn with a vibrant, fresh corn taste.
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Canned Baked Beans
Canned Baked Beans
A sweet discovery helped us see which baked beans are best.
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Tomato Puree
Tomato Puree
Does the brand really matter?
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Refried Beans
Refried Beans
We found three brands that might serve, in a pinch.
Canned Whole Tomatoes
Canned Whole Tomatoes
When it comes to the best canned tomatoes, is Italian pedigree the determining factor, or do the sweetest, brightest-tasting specimens come from this side of th…
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Canned Pumpkin
Canned Pumpkin
What’s the best canned pumpkin?
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Canned Gravy
Is store-bought gravy worth the time saved?