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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 …
Crumbled Feta
Published: February 2018
Crumbled Feta
Is Crumbled Feta Worth Buying?
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…
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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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.
Cream Cheese
Published: April 2017
Cream Cheese
Philadelphia invented cream cheese. Does it still rule the roost?
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Supermarket Whipped Toppings
Published: April 2016
Supermarket Whipped Toppings
Are supermarket whipped toppings any good?
Shredded Parmesan Cheese
Published: October 2015
Shredded Parmesan Cheese
Shredding cheese is time-consuming. Is there an acceptable shortcut even skeptic…
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American Cheese
Published: June 2015
American Cheese
Hate to love it or love to hate it? We slice through the stigma surrounding Amer…
Supermarket Sharp Cheddar Cheese
Published: April 2015
Supermarket Sharp Cheddar Cheese
Does aging make for better sharp cheddar? Turns out, it’s complicated.
Salted Butter
Published: October 2014
Salted Butter
There are plenty of butters out there. Could we find one worth its salt?
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Blue Cheese Dressing
Published: October 2013
Blue Cheese Dressing
Was it too much to ask for a blue cheese dressing that was thick, creamy, and ac…
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Pepper Jack Cheese
Published: June 2013
Pepper Jack Cheese
We sought heat, smooth meltability, and cheese with character.
Processed Egg Whites
Published: February 2013
Processed Egg Whites
How do these packaged products compare to fresh egg whites—both in taste and per…
Mayonnaise
Published: June 2012
Mayonnaise
The range of mayonnaise varieties on the shelf can make our heads spin. Do any o…
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Ice Cream Bars
Published: June 2011
Ice Cream Bars
Is it the vanilla ice cream or the milk chocolate coating that matters most?
Low-Fat Cheddar Cheese
Published: April 2005
Low-Fat Cheddar Cheese
We were surprised when we found low-fat cheddar cheeses worth eating.
Goat Cheese
Published: May 2013
Goat Cheese
Why do some goat cheeses boast creamy texture and a bright and lemony taste, whi…
Artisanal Cheddar
Published: July 2012
Artisanal Cheddar
Plain, rubbery American cheddars never measured up to the British stuff. But by …
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Low-Fat Greek Yogurt
Published: May 2011
Low-Fat Greek Yogurt
Low-fat Greek yogurt can be a nice compromise between the über-rich full-fat ver…
Supermarket Vanilla Ice Cream
Published: May 2010
Supermarket Vanilla Ice Cream
Twenty-one Cook’s Illustrated staff members sampled eight national and regional …
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Provolone
Published: July 2009
Provolone
Can any domestic provolone stand up to those produced in Italy?
Published: July 2007
Ice Cream Sandwiches
We sampled nine versions of this classic summertime dessert.
Light Vanilla Ice Cream
Published: September 2007
Light Vanilla Ice Cream
Can you replace your favorite full-fat vanilla ice cream with a lighter version?
Whole-Milk Yogurt
Published: July 2007
Whole-Milk Yogurt
The fat makes all the difference.
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Part-Skim Ricotta Cheese
Published: January 2007
Part-Skim Ricotta Cheese
Reading the label carefully was the key to choosing the best ricotta.
Fontina
Published: May 2005
Fontina
Sometimes the middle ground is the safest.
Unsalted Butter
Published: November 2018
Unsalted Butter
For everyday cooking and baking, which unsalted butter is best? We tested seven …
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Supermarket Burrata
Published: July 2018
Supermarket Burrata
Mozzarella's creamier, more glamorous cousin might just be the wow-factor cheese…
Fresh Mozzarella
Published: July 2018
Fresh Mozzarella
What makes the best fresh mozzarella? It's all about balance.
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Pecorino Romano Cheese
Published: March 2018
Pecorino Romano Cheese
Is Pecorino Romano from Italy worth seeking out, or can domestic options do the …
Feta Cheese
Published: September 2017
Feta Cheese
After sorting through three different milks, three countries, and eight products…
Mascarpone
Published: July 2017
Mascarpone
Tiramisù is just the tip of the iceberg for this creamy Italian cheese. But does…
Gruyère Cheese
Published: May 2017
Gruyère Cheese
The right Gruyère is buttery and complex, is pleasantly firm and dense, and melt…
Whole-Milk Ricotta Cheese
Published: November 2016
Whole-Milk Ricotta Cheese
As any Italian grandmother knows, the importance of good ricotta cannot be overs…
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