Pantry Items

54 Kitchen-Tested Ingredients

Crunchy Peanut Butter
From the EpisodeBrunch Favorites
Published: November 2018
Crunchy Peanut Butter
Ever wonder how many peanut pieces are actually in a jar of crunchy peanut butte…
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White Wine Vinegar
Published: July 2017
White Wine Vinegar
Versatility can seem boring, but it’s an asset for this pantry staple.
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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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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.
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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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 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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Maple Syrup
Published: September 2015
Maple Syrup
Maple syrup continues to be produced on small farms in the same low-tech way tha…
High-End Barbecue Sauces
Published: July 2013
High-End Barbecue Sauces
We put four small-batch, mail-order barbecue sauces to the test against our supe…
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Chicken Broth
Published: July 2013
Chicken Broth
Just about every broth in the supermarket amounts to a science project of flavor…
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Pimento-Stuffed Green Olives
From the EpisodeIt’s Pasta Night!
Published: May 2013
Pimento-Stuffed Green Olives
Pimento-stuffed green olives aren’t just for martinis.
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Canned Whole Tomatoes
Published: March 2012
Canned Whole Tomatoes
When it comes to the best canned tomatoes, is Italian pedigree the determining f…
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Flour Tortillas
Published: June 2018
Flour Tortillas
Don't let a dry, dense flour tortilla ruin dinner.
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Oyster Crackers
From the EpisodeTwo Ways with Fish
Published: January 2012
Oyster Crackers
Many people enjoy oyster crackers simply for snacking, but they were originally …
Red Wine Vinegar
Published: January 2011
Red Wine Vinegar
Does aging make a difference in vinegar, or does it all boil down to the grapes …
Canned Diced Tomatoes
Published: July 2010
Canned Diced Tomatoes
When most brands garner comments like “sour, old, sad,” we just had to ask: Wha…
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All-Purpose Vegetable Oils
From the EpisodeStuffed Beef Tenderloin
Published: March 2010
All-Purpose Vegetable Oils
Vegetable oil should stay behind the scenes, whether you’re baking, sautéing, or…
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Beef Broth
From the EpisodeDutch Oven Classics
Published: January 2016
Beef Broth
Commercial beef broths contain almost no beef. So what exactly are these product…
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Mirin (Japanese Rice Wine)
From the EpisodeClassic Asian Appetizers
Published: May 2009
Mirin (Japanese Rice Wine)
This Japanese rice wine has a subtle salty-sweet flavor prized in Asian marinade…
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Quick Oats
Published: July 2009
Quick Oats
For emergencies only?
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California Extra-Virgin Olive Oils
From the EpisodeSalmon—Indoors and Out
Published: September 2009
California Extra-Virgin Olive Oils
California growers have spent the last two decades developing extra-virgin olive…
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Orange Marmalade
From the EpisodeHoliday Ham and Biscuits
Published: January 2007
Orange Marmalade
We found three brands to recommend—choose the one that matches your preference f…
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Jarred Hot Salsas
Published: April 2008
Jarred Hot Salsas
Are hot salsas better than mild?
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Yellow Cake Mixes
From the EpisodeLemon Layer Cake
Published: December 2006
Yellow Cake Mixes
Can any come close to homemade?
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Hot Cocoa Mix
Published: February 2009
Hot Cocoa Mix
The best cocoa mixes feature a double dose of chocolate.
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Pickles
From the EpisodeKansas City BBQ
Published: August 2006
Pickles
Is there a flavor difference between fresh pickles sold in the refrigerator case…
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Penne
Published: July 2007
Penne
Are the specialty brands and Italian imports worth the extra price?
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White Sandwich Bread
From the EpisodeChicken Kiev
Published: April 2006
White Sandwich Bread
Which slice is best?
Low-Fat Mayonnaise
From the EpisodeFish and Chips at Home
Published: March 2003
Low-Fat Mayonnaise
Is it possible for a light mayo to be as flavorful as the full-fat original?
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Italian Dressing
From the EpisodeFaster Family Favorites
Published: August 2004
Italian Dressing
Are any of the Italian dressings out there worth buying?
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Raspberry Preserves
Published: September 2005
Raspberry Preserves
In general, we find that preserves and jams have more fruit flavor than jellies.…
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Teriyaki Sauce
From the EpisodeAsian Chicken Classics
Published: January 2005
Teriyaki Sauce
We sampled seven leading brands to find our favorite.
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Curry Powder
From the EpisodeA Passage to India
Published: May 2007
Curry Powder
Blends can vary dramatically, even within the mild or sweet category.
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Dry Vermouth
From the EpisodeChicken in a Pot
Published: November 2017
Dry Vermouth
Could we find a bottle that would do double duty for cooking and cocktails?