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White Wine Vinegar
White Wine Vinegar
Versatility can seem boring, but it’s an asset for this pantry staple.
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Mascarpone
Mascarpone
Tiramisù is just the tip of the iceberg for this creamy Italian cheese. But does…
Single-Varietal White Wine Vinegars
Single-Varietal White Wine Vinegars
Some markets now carry wine vinegars made from a specific variety of wine, such …
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Coconut Milk
Coconut Milk
We were shocked by the dramatic differences among canned coconut milks.
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Gruyère Cheese
Gruyère Cheese
The right Gruyère is buttery and complex, is pleasantly firm and dense, and melt…
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…
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Firm Tofu
Firm Tofu
Check the nutrition label for a clue about your tofu’s texture.
Vegan Mayonnaise
Vegan Mayonnaise
Vegan mayo can’t be very good, can it? Read on for a shocking surprise.
Crushed Tomatoes
Crushed Tomatoes
Sometimes smooth like puree and sometimes chock-full of chunks, crushed tomatoe…
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Whole-Milk Ricotta Cheese
Whole-Milk Ricotta Cheese
As any Italian grandmother knows, the importance of good ricotta cannot be overs…
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Cinnamon
Cinnamon
Labels touting origin imply there’s more to this standby spice than there once …
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Ceylon Cinnamon
Ceylon Cinnamon
We tasted three nationally available Ceylon cinnamon products against our favori…
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Anchovies
Anchovies
Even if you’d never put anchovies on a pizza or a salad, a tin of these little f…
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Soy Sauce
Soy Sauce
Savory, fragrant, umami-rich soy sauce is a staple in American kitchens. But ch…
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Supermarket Parmesan
Supermarket Parmesan
For a cheese with all the nutty, savory flavor and crumbly, crystalline texture…
Almond Butter
Almond Butter
The best almond butter contains more than just ground almonds.
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Sherry Vinegar
Sherry Vinegar
The woodsy yet vibrant taste of sherry vinegar makes it such a standout that it …
Smoked Paprika
Smoked Paprika
We tasted seven products, rating them on their flavor, level of smokiness, and o…
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Nonfat Greek Yogurt
Nonfat Greek Yogurt
We tasted eight nationally available supermarket plain-flavor nonfat Greek yogur…
Prepared Pesto
Prepared Pesto
We scooped up seven traditional basil pestos (also called pesto Genovese), price…
Whole-Milk Greek Yogurt
Whole-Milk Greek Yogurt
Nonfat products used to dominate this market, but now whole-milk versions are ta…
Beef Broth
Beef Broth
Commercial beef broths contain almost no beef. So what exactly are these product…
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Gluten-Free Sandwich Bread
Gluten-Free Sandwich Bread
We tasted five white, and nine multigrain gluten-free sandwich breads to see if …
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Supermarket Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
Supermarket Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
Often dull or even rancid-tasting, supermarket olive oils never seem to live up …
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Israeli Couscous
Israeli Couscous
We tasted five supermarket products, plain and in our Cook's Illustrated recipe …
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Supermarket Balsamic Vinegar
Supermarket Balsamic Vinegar
In recent years, Italy has created a new set of guidelines for mass-produced bal…
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Smoked Salmon
Smoked Salmon
We gathered up five top-selling, widely available products to find the best choi…
Supermarket Brie
Supermarket Brie
Think French pedigree and words like “triple crème” indicate the best examples …
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Salted vs. Unsalted Chicken Stock
Salted vs. Unsalted Chicken Stock
Our favorite chicken broth is Swanson Chicken Stock, which we appreciate for its…
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Dijon Mustard
Dijon Mustard
What traits guarantee a Dijon mustard that packs a wallop of clean heat and bala…
Low-Sodium Vegetable Broth
Low-Sodium Vegetable Broth
Finding a low-sodium vegetable broth worth using is more difficult than it sound…
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Mexican Lagers
Mexican Lagers
We sampled the four best-selling imported Mexican lagers plain and cooked in dru…
Vegetarian Broth
Vegetarian Broth
More vegetables, better broth? We tasted a slew of products and discovered that,…
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Heritage Turkeys
Heritage Turkeys
Heritage turkeys forage for food and live twice as long as modern birds. They ca…
Sichuan Peppercorns
Sichuan Peppercorns
We tasted five brands of Sichuan peppercorns to find out which had the best flav…
Apricot Preserves
Apricot Preserves
We tasted five top-selling products plain and in our Cook's Illustrated French A…
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