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Thick-Cut Bacon
Published: January 2019
Thick-Cut Bacon
We wanted a thick-cut bacon that would give us something to chew on.
Quick-Cooking Basmati Rice
Published: September 2018
Quick-Cooking Basmati Rice
Are convenience versions of basmati rice any good?
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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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Fresh Mozzarella
Published: July 2018
Fresh Mozzarella
What makes the best fresh mozzarella? It's all about balance.
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Supermarket Burrata
Published: July 2018
Supermarket Burrata
Mozzarella's creamier, more glamorous cousin might just be the wow-factor cheese…
Ground Turmeric
Published: May 2018
Ground Turmeric
The popularity of this ancient spice has recently skyrocketed. For the most vibr…
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Pecorino Romano Cheese
Published: March 2018
Pecorino Romano Cheese
Is Pecorino Romano from Italy worth seeking out, or can domestic options do the …
Turkey Bacon
Published: March 2018
Turkey Bacon
What exactly is it? And can it compete with traditional pork bacon?
Dark Chocolate Chips
Published: January 2018
Dark Chocolate Chips
With chocolate chips now coming in different shapes, sizes, and even cacao perce…
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Mascarpone
Published: July 2017
Mascarpone
Tiramisù is just the tip of the iceberg for this creamy Italian cheese. But does…
Single-Varietal White Wine Vinegars
Published: June 2017
Single-Varietal White Wine Vinegars
Some markets now carry wine vinegars made from a specific variety of wine, such …
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Firm Tofu
Published: March 2017
Firm Tofu
Check the nutrition label for a clue about your tofu’s texture.
Vegan Mayonnaise
Published: January 2017
Vegan Mayonnaise
Vegan mayo can’t be very good, can it? Read on for a shocking surprise.
Ceylon Cinnamon
Published: November 2016
Ceylon Cinnamon
We tasted three nationally available Ceylon cinnamon products against our favori…
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Whole-Milk Ricotta Cheese
Published: November 2016
Whole-Milk Ricotta Cheese
As any Italian grandmother knows, the importance of good ricotta cannot be overs…
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Almond Butter
Published: July 2016
Almond Butter
The best almond butter contains more than just ground almonds.
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Sherry Vinegar
Published: May 2016
Sherry Vinegar
The woodsy yet vibrant taste of sherry vinegar makes it such a standout that it …
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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Whole-Milk Greek Yogurt
Published: March 2016
Whole-Milk Greek Yogurt
Nonfat products used to dominate this market, but now whole-milk versions are ta…
Nonfat Greek Yogurt
Published: March 2016
Nonfat Greek Yogurt
We tasted eight nationally available supermarket plain-flavor nonfat Greek yogur…
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Prepared Pesto
Published: March 2016
Prepared Pesto
We scooped up seven traditional basil pestos (also called pesto Genovese), price…
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Maple Syrup
Published: September 2015
Maple Syrup
Maple syrup continues to be produced on small farms in the same low-tech way tha…
Fish Sauce
Published: September 2015
Fish Sauce
We gathered five products from grocery stores and Asian markets and sampled the…
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Israeli Couscous
Published: July 2015
Israeli Couscous
We tasted five supermarket products, plain and in our Cook's Illustrated recipe …
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Smoked Salmon
Published: May 2015
Smoked Salmon
We gathered up five top-selling, widely available products to find the best choi…
Supermarket Brie
Published: May 2015
Supermarket Brie
Think French pedigree and words like “triple crème” indicate the best examples …
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Salted vs. Unsalted Chicken Stock
Published: March 2015
Salted vs. Unsalted Chicken Stock
Our favorite chicken broth is Swanson Chicken Stock, which we appreciate for its…
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Low-Sodium Vegetable Broth
Published: January 2015
Low-Sodium Vegetable Broth
Finding a low-sodium vegetable broth worth using is more difficult than it sound…
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Mexican Lagers
Published: January 2015
Mexican Lagers
We sampled the four best-selling imported Mexican lagers plain and cooked in dru…
Heritage Turkeys
Published: November 2014
Heritage Turkeys
Heritage turkeys forage for food and live twice as long as modern birds. They ca…
Sichuan Peppercorns
Published: November 2014
Sichuan Peppercorns
We tasted five brands of Sichuan peppercorns to find out which had the best flav…
Apricot Preserves
Published: November 2014
Apricot Preserves
We tasted five top-selling products plain and in our Cook's Illustrated French A…
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Processed Artichoke Hearts
Published: September 2014
Processed Artichoke Hearts
With so many options on the market, selecting a brand of processed artichoke hea…
Fire-Roasted Tomatoes
Published: September 2014
Fire-Roasted Tomatoes
Could canned, diced fire-roasted tomatoes deliver the smoky complexity of fresh?…
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Imported Prosciutto
Published: September 2014
Imported Prosciutto
How does our favorite American prosciutto stack up against imported, Italian off…
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Supermarket Frozen Yogurt
Published: July 2014
Supermarket Frozen Yogurt
These days, supermarket frozen yogurts are flying off the shelves. Is that beca…