Spices & Seasonings

16 Kitchen-Tested Ingredients

White Miso Paste
Published: September 2018
White Miso Paste
Which fermented soybean paste strikes the right balance between salty, sweet, an…
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Smoked Paprika
Published: May 2016
Smoked Paprika
We tasted seven products, rating them on their flavor, level of smokiness, and o…
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Sichuan Peppercorns
Published: November 2014
Sichuan Peppercorns
We tasted five brands of Sichuan peppercorns to find out which had the best flav…
Garlic Powder
Published: July 2012
Garlic Powder
When it comes to garlic powder, which brand comes out on top?
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Black Peppercorns
Published: April 2019
Black Peppercorns
Black pepper has been used in cooking for centuries, but we still have a lot to …
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Liquid Smoke
Published: September 2007
Liquid Smoke
Liquid smoke can be just fine—as long as you know what to avoid when selecting a…
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Frozen Herbs
Published: May 2007
Frozen Herbs
Can this product be reasonably substituted for fresh herbs?
Louisiana (Cajun or Creole) Seasoning
Published: February 2015
Louisiana (Cajun or Creole) Seasoning
We tasted five seasonings labeled Creole or Cajun on white rice and in pork gril…
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Ketchup
Published: June 2019
Ketchup
Is familiar better than newfangled? We tried eight products to find out.
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Tenderizers
Published: May 2006
Tenderizers
For ultra-thin cutlets, meat tenderizers actually work. In this case, does brand…
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Cocoa Powder
Published: May 2018
Cocoa Powder
The big debate in cocoa powder has always been Dutch-processed versus natural. I…
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Salt
Published: September 2002
Salt
Food magazines and celebrity chefs are touting the flavor of gourmet salts that …
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Cinnamon
Published: November 2016
Cinnamon
Labels touting origin imply there’s more to this standby spice than there once …
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Chili Powder
Published: February 2013
Chili Powder
Chili powder is essential for making perfect game-time chili, but many products …
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Kosher Salt
Published: October 2019
Kosher Salt
There are two major brands of kosher salt: Diamond Crystal and Morton. We have a…
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Ground Cumin
Published: April 2018
Ground Cumin
This earthy, warm spice has been used around the world for centuries. Which prod…
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