Pantry Items

107 Kitchen-Tested Ingredients

Toasted Sesame Oil
Toasted Sesame Oil
Nutty and fragrant, a good-quality toasted sesame oil can enhance all kinds of d…
Published: April 2020
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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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Soba Noodles
Soba Noodles
These delicate buckwheat strands are one of Japan's most popular foods. We taste…
Published: July 2019
Tomato Paste
Tomato Paste
American cans versus Italian tubes: We find out what's really important when it …
Published: March 2019
Unsweetened Chocolate
Unsweetened Chocolate
Plain-Jane unsweetened chocolate may not inspire the same passion as our favorit…
Published: January 2019
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Vanilla
Vanilla
Cyclones, theft, petrochemicals, market swings—vanilla is anything but boring. W…
Published: January 2019
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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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Dry Vermouth
Dry Vermouth
Could we find a bottle that would do double duty for cooking and cocktails?
Published: November 2017
Tahini
Tahini
Finding the best tahini can be a real grind.
Published: September 2017
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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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Premium Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
Premium Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
High-end extra-virgin olive oils offer a world of flavor beyond grocery-store op…
Published: March 2017
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Vegan Mayonnaise
Vegan Mayonnaise
Vegan mayo can’t be very good, can it? Read on for a shocking surprise.
Published: January 2017
Almond Butter
Almond Butter
The best almond butter contains more than just ground almonds.
Published: July 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: May 2016
Beef Broth
Beef Broth
Commercial beef broths contain almost no beef. So what exactly are these product…
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: November 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: September 2015
Supermarket Balsamic Vinegar
Supermarket Balsamic Vinegar
In recent years, Italy has created a new set of guidelines for mass-produced bal…
Published: July 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: January 2015
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Vegetarian Broth
Vegetarian Broth
More vegetables, better broth? We tasted a slew of products and discovered that,…
Published: January 2015
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Apricot Preserves
Apricot Preserves
We tasted five top-selling products plain and in our Cook's Illustrated French A…
Published: November 2014
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High-End Barbecue Sauces
High-End Barbecue Sauces
We put four small-batch, mail-order barbecue sauces to the test against our supe…
Published: July 2013
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Chicken Broth
Chicken Broth
Just about every broth in the supermarket amounts to a science project of flavor…
Published: July 2013
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Pimento-Stuffed Green Olives
Pimento-Stuffed Green Olives
Pimento-stuffed green olives aren’t just for martinis.
Published: May 2013
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Flour Tortillas
Flour Tortillas
Don't let a dry, dense flour tortilla ruin dinner.
Published: June 2018
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Hot Sauce
Hot Sauce
Which all-around sauce strikes the best balance between fire and flavor?
Published: June 2018
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Hottest Hot Sauces
Hottest Hot Sauces
What good is hot sauce so scorching you can't even taste it?
Published: May 2012
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Canned Whole Tomatoes
Canned Whole Tomatoes
When it comes to the best canned tomatoes, is Italian pedigree the determining f…
Published: March 2012
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Oyster Crackers
Oyster Crackers
Many people enjoy oyster crackers simply for snacking, but they were originally …
Published: January 2012
Creamy Peanut Butter
Creamy Peanut Butter
The average family of four goes through a jar of peanut butter every two weeks. …
Published: April 2018
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Red Wine Vinegar
Red Wine Vinegar
Does aging make a difference in vinegar, or does it all boil down to the grapes …
Published: January 2011
Canned Diced Tomatoes
Canned Diced Tomatoes
When most brands garner comments like “sour, old, sad,” we just had to ask: Wha…
Published: July 2010
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All-Purpose Vegetable Oils
All-Purpose Vegetable Oils
Vegetable oil should stay behind the scenes, whether you’re baking, sautéing, or…
Published: March 2010
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Corn Tostadas
Corn Tostadas
Could a store-bought tostada hold a candle to homemade?
Published: March 2010
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