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Prepared Foods

14 Kitchen-Tested Ingredients

Firm Tofu
From the EpisodeSimple Chinese Staples
Published: March 2017
Firm Tofu
Check the nutrition label for a clue about your tofu’s texture.
Crushed Tomatoes
Published: January 2017
Crushed Tomatoes
Sometimes smooth like puree and sometimes chock-full of chunks, crushed tomatoe…
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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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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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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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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…
Supermarket Frozen Yogurt
Published: July 2014
Supermarket Frozen Yogurt
These days, supermarket frozen yogurts are flying off the shelves. Is that beca…
Supermarket Hummus
Published: January 2013
Supermarket Hummus
This creamy chickpea spread has gone from health food obscurity to the No. 1 ref…
Jarred Hot Salsas
Published: April 2008
Jarred Hot Salsas
Are hot salsas better than mild?
Tortilla Chips
Published: August 2015
Tortilla Chips
Can you judge a chip by its color?
Frozen Sausage Breakfast Links
Published: December 2014
Frozen Sausage Breakfast Links
What makes great breakfast sausage? We link it all together.
Graham Crackers
Published: June 2011
Graham Crackers
We tasted three top-selling national brands to see which came out on top.
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Boxed Brownie Mixes
Published: December 2008
Boxed Brownie Mixes
Do any come close to homemade?
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