50 Kitchen-Tested Ingredients

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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Sparkling Water
Sparkling Water
Our tasters wanted prominent bubbles and a clean, crisp flavor. Which products f…
Published: June 2019
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Fontina
Fontina
We tasted eight cheeses, from authentic Fontina Val d'Aosta to the many versions…
Published: July 2019
Dark Chocolate Chips
Dark Chocolate Chips
With chocolate chips now coming in different shapes, sizes, and even cacao perce…
Published: January 2018
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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
Maple Syrup
Maple Syrup
Maple syrup continues to be produced on small farms in the same low-tech way tha…
Published: September 2015
Heritage Turkeys
Heritage Turkeys
Heritage turkeys forage for food and live twice as long as modern birds. They ca…
Published: November 2014
Garlic Powder
Garlic Powder
When it comes to garlic powder, which brand comes out on top?
Published: July 2012
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Supermarket Whipped Toppings
Supermarket Whipped Toppings
Are supermarket whipped toppings any good?
Published: April 2016
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Vanilla Beans
Vanilla Beans
For custard-based recipes in which vanilla is the star, we’ve found that vanill…
Published: July 2011
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Whole-Wheat Flour
Whole-Wheat Flour
If you thought all whole-wheat flours are created equal, you were wrong.
Published: March 2011
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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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Unsalted Butter
Unsalted Butter
For everyday cooking and baking, which unsalted butter is best? We tested seven …
Published: November 2018
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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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Dark Chocolate
Dark Chocolate
It’s easy to find a great snacking chocolate. But cooking is different: Choosing…
Published: November 2013
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Supermarket Turkey
Supermarket Turkey
The holidays are no time to gamble on a bird that cooks up dry and bland—or, wor…
Published: November 2017
Spiral-Sliced Ham
Spiral-Sliced Ham
Spiral-sliced ham is an easy and elegant holiday centerpiece. But not all hams …
Published: December 2016
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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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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Canned Pumpkin
Canned Pumpkin
What’s the best canned pumpkin?
Published: October 2016
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Bread Crumbs
Bread Crumbs
Two styles of bread crumbs and seven determined contenders. The battle for big c…
Published: December 2013
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Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar
Mellow, punchy, sweet, subtle: Could we find a cider vinegar that has it all?
Published: October 2016
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Beef Broth
Beef Broth
Commercial beef broths contain almost no beef. So what exactly are these product…
Published: January 2016
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Molasses
Molasses
Terms like "mild," "full," and "robust" are meaningless when it comes to molass…
Published: November 2011
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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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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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Dijon Mustard
Dijon Mustard
What traits guarantee a Dijon mustard that packs a wallop of clean heat and bala…
Published: March 2015
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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
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
Wild Rice
Wild Rice
Who knew wild rice was actually an aquatic grass? See which brand swam to the to…
Published: January 2013
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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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Sherry
Sherry
In the test kitchen, we use sherry in a variety of recipes. Does it matter what …
Published: October 2012
Graham Crackers
Graham Crackers
We tasted three top-selling national brands to see which came out on top.
Published: June 2011
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Macaroni and Cheese
Macaroni and Cheese
We tasted 25 boxed and frozen versions of mostly clumpy, gloppy, wimpy mac and c…
Published: April 2011
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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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Cornmeal
Cornmeal
Cornmeal differences abound, as do cornbread preferences. Do you lean toward ten…
Published: September 2019