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Ingredients Worth Buying

Great recipes start with great ingredients. We've tasted hundreds of products to determine which ones you need for a flawless holiday meal.

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Supermarket Turkey

The holidays are no time to gamble on a bird that cooks up dry and bland—or, wor…

Heritage Turkeys

Heritage turkeys forage for food and live twice as long as modern birds. They ca…

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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Chicken Broth

Just about every broth in the supermarket amounts to a science project of flavor…

Ready-Made Pie Crusts

We have high standards for pastry pie crust. Is there a supermarket option that …

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Frozen Dinner Rolls

When there isn't time to make fresh dinner rolls, the frozen variety can be a te…

Vanilla Extract

In the battle of pure versus imitation extracts, could we declare a winner?

Vegetarian Broth

More vegetables, better broth? We tasted a slew of products and discovered that,…

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Canned Pumpkin

What’s the best canned pumpkin?

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Black Peppercorns

You only use a grind or two on your food, so does it really matter what brand of…

All-Purpose Vegetable Oils

Vegetable oil should stay behind the scenes, whether you’re baking, sautéing, or…

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Milk Chocolate Chips

Most of us associate milk chocolate with supermarket candy bars and foil-wrapped…

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Red Wine Vinegar

Does aging make a difference in vinegar, or does it all boil down to the grapes …

Garlic Powder

When it comes to garlic powder, which brand comes out on top?

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Salted Butter

There are plenty of butters out there. Could we find one worth its salt?

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Dark Chocolate Chips

With chocolate chips now coming in different shapes, sizes, and even cacao perce…

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Supermarket Extra-Virgin Olive Oil

Often dull or even rancid-tasting, supermarket olive oils never seem to live up …

Bread Crumbs

Two styles of bread crumbs and seven determined contenders. The battle for big c…

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Hard Apple Cider

We tasted four nationally available hard ciders both plain and cooked in recipes…

Dijon Mustard

What traits guarantee a Dijon mustard that packs a wallop of clean heat and bala…

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In the test kitchen, we use sherry in a variety of recipes. Does it matter what …

Graham Crackers

We tasted three top-selling national brands to see which came out on top.

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Maple Syrup

Maple syrup continues to be produced on small farms in the same low-tech way tha…

Wild Rice

Who knew wild rice was actually an aquatic grass? See which brand swam to the to…

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Ready-Made Graham Cracker Crusts

When a homemade crumb crust isn’t an option, is a store-bought crust an acceptab…

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Supermarket Balsamic Vinegar

In recent years, Italy has created a new set of guidelines for mass-produced bal…

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Supermarket Whipped Toppings

Are supermarket whipped toppings any good?

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Supermarket Honey

To find the best supermarket honey, we selected five top-selling honeys—three tr…

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Apple Cider Vinegar

Mellow, punchy, sweet, subtle: Could we find a cider vinegar that has it all?

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Labels touting origin imply there’s more to this standby spice than there once …

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Gruyère Cheese

The right Gruyère is buttery and complex, is pleasantly firm and dense, and melt…

Crumbled Blue Cheese

Is crumbled blue cheese any good?

Dry Vermouth

Could we find a bottle that would do double duty for cooking and cocktails?

Soy Sauce

Savory, fragrant, umami-rich soy sauce is a staple in American kitchens. But ch…

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Ready-to-Bake Biscuits

Are ready-to-bake biscuits any good?

Black Peppercorns

Black pepper has been used in cooking for centuries, but we still have a lot to …

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Sweet Vermouth

Sweet vermouth is a drink steeped in tradition. Does it matter which one you buy…


This creamy, white pork fat used to be America’s mainstream choice for baking an…

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Milk Chocolate

Milk chocolate bars are often dismissed as candy for kids, but we found some tha…

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Extra-Virgin Olive Oil

There have been lots of changes in the olive oil world since we last tested supe…

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White Chocolate Chips

With so many products and so many different names, shopping for white chocolate …

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Cornmeal differences abound, as do cornbread preferences. Do you lean toward ten…


We tasted eight cheeses, from authentic Fontina Val d'Aosta to the many versions…

Sparkling Water

Our tasters wanted prominent bubbles and a clean, crisp flavor. Which products f…

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