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Tahini
From the EpisodeSpicing Up the Grill
Published: September 2017
Tahini
Finding the best tahini can be a real grind.
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Mascarpone
Published: July 2017
Mascarpone
Tiramisù is just the tip of the iceberg for this creamy Italian cheese. But does…
Cinnamon
From the EpisodeSoup for Dinner
Published: November 2016
Cinnamon
Labels touting origin imply there’s more to this standby spice than there once …
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Vegan Mayonnaise
From the EpisodeVegan for Everyone
Published: January 2017
Vegan Mayonnaise
Vegan mayo can’t be very good, can it? Read on for a shocking surprise.
Whole-Milk Ricotta Cheese
From the EpisodeUltimate Italian
Published: November 2016
Whole-Milk Ricotta Cheese
As any Italian grandmother knows, the importance of good ricotta cannot be overs…
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Supermarket Turkey
From the EpisodeHow to Roast Everything
Published: November 2017
Supermarket Turkey
The holidays are no time to gamble on a bird that cooks up dry and bland—or, wor…
Supermarket Parmesan
From the EpisodePantry Pastas
Published: July 2016
Supermarket Parmesan
For a cheese with all the nutty, savory flavor and crumbly, crystalline texture…
Smoked Paprika
From the EpisodeBig Easy Favorites
Published: May 2016
Smoked Paprika
We tasted seven products, rating them on their flavor, level of smokiness, and o…
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Anchovies
Published: September 2016
Anchovies
Even if you’d never put anchovies on a pizza or a salad, a tin of these little f…
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Sherry Vinegar
From the EpisodeNew England Classics
Published: May 2016
Sherry Vinegar
The woodsy yet vibrant taste of sherry vinegar makes it such a standout that it …
Almond Butter
From the EpisodeThe Ultimate Sticky Buns
Published: July 2016
Almond Butter
The best almond butter contains more than just ground almonds.
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Supermarket Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
From the EpisodeFast Food Makeovers
Published: November 2015
Supermarket Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
Often dull or even rancid-tasting, supermarket olive oils never seem to live up …
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Prepared Pesto
From the EpisodeTwo Modern Stews
Published: March 2016
Prepared Pesto
We scooped up seven traditional basil pestos (also called pesto Genovese), price…
Fish Sauce
From the EpisodeSeafood Supper
Published: September 2015
Fish Sauce
We gathered five products from grocery stores and Asian markets and sampled the…
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Whole-Milk Greek Yogurt
From the EpisodeMediterranean Grill
Published: March 2016
Whole-Milk Greek Yogurt
Nonfat products used to dominate this market, but now whole-milk versions are ta…
Soy Sauce
From the EpisodeChinese Takeout, Revised
Published: September 2016
Soy Sauce
Savory, fragrant, umami-rich soy sauce is a staple in American kitchens. But ch…
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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…
Smoked Salmon
From the EpisodeBraised to Perfection
Published: May 2015
Smoked Salmon
We gathered up five top-selling, widely available products to find the best choi…
Vegetarian Broth
From the EpisodeVegetarian Essentials
Published: January 2015
Vegetarian Broth
More vegetables, better broth? We tasted a slew of products and discovered that,…
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Supermarket Brie
Published: May 2015
Supermarket Brie
Think French pedigree and words like “triple crème” indicate the best examples …
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Supermarket Balsamic Vinegar
From the EpisodeItalian with Ease
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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Apricot Preserves
From the EpisodePork and Pears
Published: November 2014
Apricot Preserves
We tasted five top-selling products plain and in our Cook's Illustrated French A…
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Sichuan Peppercorns
Published: November 2014
Sichuan Peppercorns
We tasted five brands of Sichuan peppercorns to find out which had the best flav…
Israeli Couscous
Published: July 2015
Israeli Couscous
We tasted five supermarket products, plain and in our Cook's Illustrated recipe …
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Dijon Mustard
From the EpisodeA Hearty Fall Feast
Published: March 2015
Dijon Mustard
What traits guarantee a Dijon mustard that packs a wallop of clean heat and bala…
Maple Syrup
Published: September 2015
Maple Syrup
Maple syrup continues to be produced on small farms in the same low-tech way tha…
Five-Spice Powder
Published: May 2014
Five-Spice Powder
We tested six brands of five-spice powder to determine which really delivered an…
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Artisanal Cream Cheese
From the EpisodeLet's Make Bread
Published: July 2014
Artisanal Cream Cheese
We mail-ordered three artisanal cream cheeses to see if they could beat our supe…
Supermarket Frozen Yogurt
Published: July 2014
Supermarket Frozen Yogurt
These days, supermarket frozen yogurts are flying off the shelves. Is that beca…
Swiss Cheese
Published: January 2014
Swiss Cheese
We scoured supermarket cases, the deli counter, and specialty cheese shops for …
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Gluten-Free Pasta (Spaghetti)
Published: November 2017
Gluten-Free Pasta (Spaghetti)
Tired of gluten-free spaghetti that turns gritty or mushy? So were we.
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Supermarket Prosciutto
From the EpisodeThe Italian Vegetarian
Published: September 2014
Supermarket Prosciutto
A new surge of grab ’n’ go packages means you no longer have to wait at the deli…
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Fire-Roasted Tomatoes
From the EpisodeSeafood Specials
Published: September 2014
Fire-Roasted Tomatoes
Could canned, diced fire-roasted tomatoes deliver the smoky complexity of fresh?…
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Jasmine Rice
Published: March 2014
Jasmine Rice
We put six brands of jasmine rice—from supermarket varieties to high-end mail-or…
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Canned White Beans
From the EpisodePasta Rustica
Published: May 2014
Canned White Beans
Think canned cannellini beans are no match for dried beans cooked from scratch? …
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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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