Spices & Seasonings

12 Kitchen-Tested Ingredients

White Miso Paste
Published: September 2018
White Miso Paste
Which fermented soybean paste strikes the right balance between salty, sweet, an…
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Ground Turmeric
Published: May 2018
Ground Turmeric
The popularity of this ancient spice has recently skyrocketed. For the most vibr…
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Cocoa Powder
From the EpisodeChocolate Delights
Published: May 2018
Cocoa Powder
The big debate in cocoa powder has always been Dutch-processed versus natural. I…
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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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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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Sichuan Peppercorns
Published: November 2014
Sichuan Peppercorns
We tasted five brands of Sichuan peppercorns to find out which had the best flav…
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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Horseradish
From the EpisodeStuffed Beef Tenderloin
Published: November 2009
Horseradish
Steer clear of shelf-stable brands and head straight to the refrigerator aisle.
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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Oyster Sauce
From the EpisodeStir-Fry 101
Published: January 2001
Oyster Sauce
We required our winning brand to be both authentic and complex.
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Sweet Paprika
From the EpisodeBarbecued Salmon
Published: November 2008
Sweet Paprika
The best versions of this renowned Hungarian spice pack a punch that goes beyond…
Salt
From the EpisodeHearty Soups
Published: September 2002
Salt
Food magazines and celebrity chefs are touting the flavor of gourmet salts that …
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