35 Kitchen-Tested Ingredients

Fontina
Published: July 2019
Fontina
We tasted eight cheeses, from authentic Fontina Val d'Aosta to the many versions…
Sherry Vinegar
Published: May 2016
Sherry Vinegar
The woodsy yet vibrant taste of sherry vinegar makes it such a standout that it …
Heritage Turkeys
Published: November 2014
Heritage Turkeys
Heritage turkeys forage for food and live twice as long as modern birds. They ca…
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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Unsalted Butter
Published: November 2018
Unsalted Butter
For everyday cooking and baking, which unsalted butter is best? We tested seven …
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Vegetarian Broth
Published: January 2015
Vegetarian Broth
More vegetables, better broth? We tasted a slew of products and discovered that,…
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Dark Chocolate
Published: November 2013
Dark Chocolate
It’s easy to find a great snacking chocolate. But cooking is different: Choosing…
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Supermarket Turkey
Published: November 2017
Supermarket Turkey
The holidays are no time to gamble on a bird that cooks up dry and bland—or, wor…
Spiral-Sliced Ham
Published: December 2016
Spiral-Sliced Ham
Spiral-sliced ham is an easy and elegant holiday centerpiece. But not all hams …
Supermarket Balsamic Vinegar
Published: July 2015
Supermarket Balsamic Vinegar
In recent years, Italy has created a new set of guidelines for mass-produced bal…
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Premium Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
Published: March 2017
Premium Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
High-end extra-virgin olive oils offer a world of flavor beyond grocery-store op…
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Canned Pumpkin
Published: October 2016
Canned Pumpkin
What’s the best canned pumpkin?
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Apple Cider Vinegar
Published: October 2016
Apple Cider Vinegar
Mellow, punchy, sweet, subtle: Could we find a cider vinegar that has it all?
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Beef Broth
Published: January 2016
Beef Broth
Commercial beef broths contain almost no beef. So what exactly are these product…
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Chicken Broth
Published: July 2013
Chicken Broth
Just about every broth in the supermarket amounts to a science project of flavor…
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All-Purpose Vegetable Oils
Published: March 2010
All-Purpose Vegetable Oils
Vegetable oil should stay behind the scenes, whether you’re baking, sautéing, or…
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Dijon Mustard
Published: March 2015
Dijon Mustard
What traits guarantee a Dijon mustard that packs a wallop of clean heat and bala…
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Dry Vermouth
Published: November 2017
Dry Vermouth
Could we find a bottle that would do double duty for cooking and cocktails?
Red Wine Vinegar
Published: January 2011
Red Wine Vinegar
Does aging make a difference in vinegar, or does it all boil down to the grapes …
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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Sherry
Published: October 2012
Sherry
In the test kitchen, we use sherry in a variety of recipes. Does it matter what …
Cornmeal
Published: September 2019
Cornmeal
Cornmeal differences abound, as do cornbread preferences. Do you lean toward ten…
White Chocolate Chips
Published: September 2019
White Chocolate Chips
With so many products and so many different names, shopping for white chocolate …
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Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
Published: August 2019
Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
There have been lots of changes in the olive oil world since we last tested supe…
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Sweet Vermouth
Published: July 2019
Sweet Vermouth
Sweet vermouth is a drink steeped in tradition. Does it matter which one you buy…
Milk Chocolate
Published: July 2019
Milk Chocolate
Milk chocolate bars are often dismissed as candy for kids, but we found some tha…
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Lard
Published: May 2019
Lard
This creamy, white pork fat used to be America’s mainstream choice for baking an…
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Ready-to-Bake Biscuits
Published: January 2019
Ready-to-Bake Biscuits
Are ready-to-bake biscuits any good?
Packaged Stuffing (Stovetop Stuffing Mixes)
Published: October 2018
Packaged Stuffing (Stovetop Stuffing Mixes)
In just 10 minutes, you can have a side dish for a holiday roast or weeknight di…
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Supermarket Honey
Published: August 2015
Supermarket Honey
To find the best supermarket honey, we selected five top-selling honeys—three tr…
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Frozen Dinner Rolls
Published: December 2014
Frozen Dinner Rolls
When there isn't time to make fresh dinner rolls, the frozen variety can be a te…
Salted Butter
Published: October 2014
Salted Butter
There are plenty of butters out there. Could we find one worth its salt?
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