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12 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.
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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Coconut Milk
From the EpisodeFlavors of Thailand
Published: May 2017
Coconut Milk
We were shocked by the dramatic differences among canned coconut milks.
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Gruyère Cheese
Published: May 2017
Gruyère Cheese
The right Gruyère is buttery and complex, is pleasantly firm and dense, and melt…
Crushed Tomatoes
Published: January 2017
Crushed Tomatoes
Sometimes smooth like puree and sometimes chock-full of chunks, crushed tomatoe…
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Feta Cheese
Published: September 2017
Feta Cheese
After sorting through three different milks, three countries, and eight products…
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…