Spices & Seasonings

28 Kitchen-Tested Ingredients

Horseradish
Horseradish
The best versions of this simple condiment are bright and nose-tinglingly spicy.…
Published: June 2020
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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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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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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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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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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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Ground Turmeric
Ground Turmeric
The popularity of this ancient spice has recently skyrocketed. For the most vibr…
Published: May 2018
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Ceylon Cinnamon
Ceylon Cinnamon
We tasted three nationally available Ceylon cinnamon products against our favori…
Published: November 2016
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Cinnamon
Cinnamon
Labels touting origin imply there’s more to this standby spice than there once …
Published: November 2016
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Smoked Paprika
Smoked Paprika
We tasted seven products, rating them on their flavor, level of smokiness, and o…
Published: May 2016
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Sichuan Peppercorns
Sichuan Peppercorns
We tasted five brands of Sichuan peppercorns to find out which had the best flav…
Published: November 2014
Five-Spice Powder
Five-Spice Powder
We tested six brands of five-spice powder to determine which really delivered an…
Published: May 2014
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Saffron
Saffron
Does brand make a difference when it comes to the world's most expensive spice?
Published: November 2009
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Sweet Paprika
Sweet Paprika
The best versions of this renowned Hungarian spice pack a punch that goes beyond…
Published: November 2008
Liquid Smoke
Liquid Smoke
Liquid smoke can be just fine—as long as you know what to avoid when selecting a…
Published: September 2007
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Frozen Herbs
Frozen Herbs
Can this product be reasonably substituted for fresh herbs?
Published: May 2007
Louisiana (Cajun or Creole) Seasoning
Louisiana (Cajun or Creole) Seasoning
We tasted five seasonings labeled Creole or Cajun on white rice and in pork gril…
Published: February 2015
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Curry Powder
Curry Powder
Blends can vary dramatically, even within the mild or sweet category.
Published: May 2007
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Garam Masala
Garam Masala
Our winner is not only traditional, but also widely available.
Published: May 2007
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Ketchup
Ketchup
Is familiar better than newfangled? We tried eight products to find out.
Published: June 2019
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Tenderizers
Tenderizers
For ultra-thin cutlets, meat tenderizers actually work. In this case, does brand…
Published: May 2006
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Chili Powder
Chili Powder
Chili powder is essential for making perfect game-time chili, but many products …
Published: February 2013
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Yellow Mustard
Yellow Mustard
Mild but not dull, this ballpark and backyard classic punches up everything from…
Published: February 2019
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Steak Sauce
Steak Sauce
In terms of sales, A.1. rules the steak sauce market. But in a blind taste test,…
Published: August 2012
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Ground Ginger
Ground Ginger
Since ginger is often used in combination with other spices, would it matter whi…
Published: February 2011
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Sriracha Sauces
Sriracha Sauces
Think there's only one sriracha? Think again.
Published: December 2018
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Ground Cumin
Ground Cumin
This earthy, warm spice has been used around the world for centuries. Which prod…
Published: April 2018
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Bottled Teriyaki Sauce
Bottled Teriyaki Sauce
A good bottled sauce can be a timesaver, but could we find a balance between sal…
Published: March 2020
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