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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.
Mascarpone
Published: May 2018
Mascarpone
Tiramisù is just the tip of the iceberg for this creamy Italian cheese. But does…
Feta Cheese
Published: May 2018
Feta Cheese
After sorting through three different milks, three countries, and eight products…
Firm Tofu
Published: April 2018
Firm Tofu
Check the nutrition label for a clue about your tofu’s texture.
Gruyère Cheese
Published: March 2018
Gruyère Cheese
The right Gruyère is buttery and complex, is pleasantly firm and dense, and melt…
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.
Supermarket Parmesan
Published: March 2017
Supermarket Parmesan
For a cheese with all the nutty, savory flavor and crumbly, crystalline texture …
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…
Fish Sauce
Published: February 2017
Fish Sauce
We gathered five products from grocery stores and Asian markets and sampled them…
Anchovies
Published: February 2017
Anchovies
Even if you’d never put anchovies on a pizza or a salad, a tin of these little f…
Sherry Vinegar
Published: January 2017
Sherry Vinegar
The woodsy yet vibrant taste of sherry vinegar makes it such a standout that it …
Prepared Pesto
Published: January 2017
Prepared Pesto
We scooped up seven traditional basil pestos (also called pesto Genovese), price…
Mexican Lagers
Published: June 2016
Mexican Lagers
We sampled the four best-selling imported Mexican lagers plain and cooked in dru…
Smoked Salmon
Published: May 2016
Smoked Salmon
We gathered up five top-selling, widely available products to find the best choi…
Vegetarian Broth
Published: May 2016
Vegetarian Broth
More vegetables, better broth? We tasted a slew of products and discovered that,…
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 …
Maple Syrup
Published: January 2016
Maple Syrup
Maple syrup continues to be produced on small farms in the same low-tech way tha…
Five-Spice Powder
Published: June 2015
Five-Spice Powder
We tested six brands of five-spice powder to determine which really delivered an…
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…

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