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Capers
Published: April 2019
Capers
We love the briny, vegetal flavor and subtle crunch of capers. Which product is …
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Black Peppercorns
Published: April 2019
Black Peppercorns
Black pepper has been used in cooking for centuries, but we still have a lot to …
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Artisanal Bacon
Published: February 2019
Artisanal Bacon
We tasted seven artisanal bacons to find out which one is worth the splurge.
Yellow Mustard
Published: February 2019
Yellow Mustard
Mild but not dull, this ballpark and backyard classic punches up everything from…
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Ready-to-Bake Biscuits
Published: January 2019
Ready-to-Bake Biscuits
Are ready-to-bake biscuits any good?
American Provolone
Published: January 2019
American Provolone
This mild-mannered Italian-style cheese finally gets its chance to shine.
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Supermarket Bacon
Published: December 2018
Supermarket Bacon
Bringing home the bacon? Make sure you choose the right one.
Sriracha Sauces
Published: December 2018
Sriracha Sauces
Think there's only one sriracha? Think again.
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Packaged Stuffing (Stovetop Stuffing Mixes)
Published: October 2018
Packaged Stuffing (Stovetop Stuffing Mixes)
In just 10 minutes, you can have a side dish for a holiday roast or weeknight di…
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Egg Noodles
Published: October 2018
Egg Noodles
We use these noodles for many of our favorite comfort foods, from chicken soup t…
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Potato Chips
Published: August 2018
Potato Chips
Thick and crunchy kettle chips versus the traditional thin and crispy variety: W…
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Cottage Cheese
Published: August 2018
Cottage Cheese
Cottage cheese has shed its diet-staple persona and emerged as a delicious food …
Flour Tortillas
Published: June 2018
Flour Tortillas
Don't let a dry, dense flour tortilla ruin dinner.
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Hot Sauce
Published: June 2018
Hot Sauce
Which all-around sauce strikes the best balance between fire and flavor?
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Ground Cumin
Published: April 2018
Ground Cumin
This earthy, warm spice has been used around the world for centuries. Which prod…
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Creamy Peanut Butter
Published: April 2018
Creamy Peanut Butter
The average family of four goes through a jar of peanut butter every two weeks. …
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Crumbled Feta
Published: February 2018
Crumbled Feta
Is Crumbled Feta Worth Buying?
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Jarred Pasta Sauce
Published: February 2018
Jarred Pasta Sauce
The supermarket is filled with a maddening number of pasta sauce options. Are an…
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Supermarket Extra-Sharp Cheddar
Published: December 2017
Supermarket Extra-Sharp Cheddar
The best extra-sharp cheddars are bold but balanced. Which cheese should you buy…
Ready-Made Pie Crusts
Published: October 2017
Ready-Made Pie Crusts
We have high standards for pastry pie crust. Is there a supermarket option that …
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Milk Chocolate Chips
Published: October 2017
Milk Chocolate Chips
Most of us associate milk chocolate with supermarket candy bars and foil-wrapped…
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Ready-Made Graham Cracker Crusts
Published: October 2017
Ready-Made Graham Cracker Crusts
When a homemade crumb crust isn’t an option, is a store-bought crust an acceptab…
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Chocolate Ice Cream
Published: August 2017
Chocolate Ice Cream
Ice cream flavors abound, but chocolate remains a perennial favorite. We wanted …
Shredded Mozzarella
Published: April 2017
Shredded Mozzarella
We found a brand that’s (almost) as good as fresh from the block.
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Bottled Barbecue Sauce
Published: June 2017
Bottled Barbecue Sauce
Last year Americans spent more than $700 million on supermarket barbecue sauce. …
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Crumbled Blue Cheese
Published: June 2017
Crumbled Blue Cheese
Is Crumbled Blue Cheese Any Good?
Block Mozzarella
Published: April 2017
Block Mozzarella
What makes the best block? It all comes down to fat, moisture, and acid.
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Cream Cheese
Published: April 2017
Cream Cheese
Philadelphia invented cream cheese. Does it still rule the roost?
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100% Whole-Wheat Bread
Published: February 2017
100% Whole-Wheat Bread
The labels on whole-wheat bread can be perplexing. We set out to clear up the co…
Rolled Oats
Published: February 2017
Rolled Oats
We prefer rolled oats for baked goods, since their thin, flat shape gives cookie…
Spiral-Sliced Ham
Published: December 2016
Spiral-Sliced Ham
Spiral-sliced ham is an easy and elegant holiday centerpiece. But not all hams …
Apple Cider Vinegar
Published: October 2016
Apple Cider Vinegar
Mellow, punchy, sweet, subtle: Could we find a cider vinegar that has it all?
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Canned Pumpkin
Published: October 2016
Canned Pumpkin
What’s the best canned pumpkin?
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Fettuccine
Published: August 2016
Fettuccine
When prepared well, these long, wide noodles are greater than the sum of their s…
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Bagged Popcorn
Published: August 2016
Bagged Popcorn
Bagged popcorn is selling like crazy these days; does it deserve the hype?
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All-Beef Hot Dogs
Published: June 2016
All-Beef Hot Dogs
We ate hundreds of hot dogs to unlock the mystery of this classic summertime sau…
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