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Canned Chickpeas
Published: May 2019
Canned Chickpeas
When it comes to choosing canned chickpeas, the secret’s in the salt.
Crunchy Peanut Butter
Published: April 2019
Crunchy Peanut Butter
Ever wonder how many peanut pieces are actually in a jar of crunchy peanut butte…
White Miso Paste
Published: January 2019
White Miso Paste
Which fermented soybean paste strikes the right balance between salty, sweet, an…
Cocoa Powder
Published: January 2019
Cocoa Powder
The big debate in cocoa powder has always been Dutch-processed versus natural. I…
Dark Chocolate Chips
Published: January 2019
Dark Chocolate Chips
With chocolate chips now coming in different shapes, sizes, and even cacao perce…
Crushed Tomatoes
Published: June 2018
Crushed Tomatoes
Sometimes smooth like puree and sometimes chock-full of chunks, crushed tomatoes…
Tahini
Published: May 2018
Tahini
Finding the best tahini can be a real grind.
Feta Cheese
Published: May 2018
Feta Cheese
After sorting through three different milks, three countries, and eight products…
Whole-Milk Ricotta Cheese
Published: February 2018
Whole-Milk Ricotta Cheese
As any Italian grandmother knows, the importance of good ricotta cannot be overs…
Supermarket Turkey
Published: January 2018
Supermarket Turkey
The holidays are no time to gamble on a bird that cooks up dry and bland—or, wor…
Coconut Milk
Published: January 2018
Coconut Milk
We were shocked by the dramatic differences among canned coconut milks.
Almond Butter
Published: February 2017
Almond Butter
The best almond butter contains more than just ground almonds.
Supermarket Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
Published: June 2017
Supermarket Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
Often dull or even rancid-tasting, supermarket olive oils never seem to live up …
Whole-Milk Greek Yogurt
Published: May 2017
Whole-Milk Greek Yogurt
Nonfat products used to dominate this market, but now whole-milk versions are ta…
Soy Sauce
Published: April 2017
Soy Sauce
Savory, fragrant, umami-rich soy sauce is a staple in American kitchens. But cho…
Smoked Paprika
Published: March 2017
Smoked Paprika
We tasted seven products, rating them on their flavor, level of smokiness, and o…
Supermarket Balsamic
Published: April 2016
Supermarket Balsamic
In recent years, Italy has created a new set of guidelines for mass-produced bal…
Apricot Preserves
Published: March 2016
Apricot Preserves
We tasted five top-selling products plain and in our Cook's Illustrated French A…
Sichuan Peppercorns
Published: March 2016
Sichuan Peppercorns
We tasted five brands of Sichuan peppercorns to find out which had the best flav…
Israeli Couscous
Published: January 2016
Israeli Couscous
We tasted five supermarket products, plain and in our Cook's Illustrated recipe …
Artisanal Cream Cheese
Published: June 2015
Artisanal Cream Cheese
We mail-ordered three artisanal cream cheeses to see if they could beat our supe…
Supermarket Frozen Yogurt
Published: May 2015
Supermarket Frozen Yogurt
These days, supermarket frozen yogurts are flying off the shelves. Is that becau…
Swiss Cheese
Published: April 2015
Swiss Cheese
We scoured supermarket cases, the deli counter, and specialty cheese shops for …
Supermarket Prosciutto
Published: March 2015
Supermarket Prosciutto
A new surge of grab ’n’ go packages means you no longer have to wait at the deli…
Fire-Roasted Tomatoes
Published: February 2015
Fire-Roasted Tomatoes
Could canned, diced fire-roasted tomatoes deliver the smoky complexity of fresh?…
Jasmine Rice
Published: February 2015
Jasmine Rice
We put six brands of jasmine rice—from supermarket varieties to high-end mail-or…
Canned White Beans
Published: January 2015
Canned White Beans
Think canned cannellini beans are no match for dried beans cooked from scratch? …
Dark Chocolate
Published: September 2014
Dark Chocolate
It’s easy to find a great snacking chocolate. But cooking is different: Choosing…
Orange Juice
Published: January 2015
Orange Juice
Is the sunny image of our favorite breakfast juice actually just pulp fiction?
Supermarket Hummus
Published: December 2013
Supermarket Hummus
This creamy chickpea spread has gone from health food obscurity to the No. 1 ref…
High-End Barbecue Sauces
Published: December 2013
High-End Barbecue Sauces
We put four small-batch, mail-order barbecue sauces to the test against our supe…
Chicken Broth
Published: December 2013
Chicken Broth
Just about every broth in the supermarket amounts to a science project of flavor…
Pimento-Stuffed Green Olives
Published: December 2013
Pimento-Stuffed Green Olives
Pimento-stuffed green olives aren’t just for martinis.
Wild Rice
Published: December 2013
Wild Rice
Who knew wild rice was actually an aquatic grass? See which brand swam to the to…
Nonfat Greek Yogurt
Published: May 2012
Nonfat Greek Yogurt
If all Greek yogurt starts with the same basic ingredients—milk and cultures—wh…
Boxed Brownie Mixes
Published: December 2008
Boxed Brownie Mixes
Do any come close to homemade?

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