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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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Milk Chocolate Chips
Published: October 2017
Milk Chocolate Chips
Most of us associate milk chocolate with supermarket candy bars and foil-wrapped…
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…
Spiral-Sliced Ham
Published: December 2016
Spiral-Sliced Ham
Spiral-sliced ham is an easy and elegant holiday centerpiece. But not all hams …
Supermarket Whipped Toppings
Published: April 2016
Supermarket Whipped Toppings
Are supermarket whipped toppings any good?
Baking Powder
Published: December 2015
Baking Powder
We always assumed all baking powders were created equal. Boy, were we wrong.
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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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Supermarket Honey
Published: August 2015
Supermarket Honey
To find the best supermarket honey, we selected five top-selling honeys—three tr…
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Frozen Dinner Rolls
Published: December 2014
Frozen Dinner Rolls
When there isn't time to make fresh dinner rolls, the frozen variety can be a te…
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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Bread Crumbs
Published: December 2013
Bread Crumbs
Two styles of bread crumbs and seven determined contenders. The battle for big c…
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Sherry
Published: October 2012
Sherry
In the test kitchen, we use sherry in a variety of recipes. Does it matter what …
Graham Crackers
Published: June 2011
Graham Crackers
We tasted three top-selling national brands to see which came out on top.
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Ground Ginger
Published: February 2011
Ground Ginger
Since ginger is often used in combination with other spices, would it matter whi…
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Refrigerator Biscuits
Published: February 2006
Refrigerator Biscuits
Pillsbury has cornered the market on refrigerator biscuits, but how do you choos…
Dark Chocolate
Published: November 2013
Dark Chocolate
It’s easy to find a great snacking chocolate. But cooking is different: Choosing…
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Chicken Broth
Published: July 2013
Chicken Broth
Just about every broth in the supermarket amounts to a science project of flavor…
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Vanilla Beans
Published: July 2011
Vanilla Beans
For custard-based recipes in which vanilla is the star, we’ve found that vanill…
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Whole-Wheat Flour
Published: March 2011
Whole-Wheat Flour
If you thought all whole-wheat flours are created equal, you were wrong.
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Red Wine Vinegar
Published: January 2011
Red Wine Vinegar
Does aging make a difference in vinegar, or does it all boil down to the grapes …
Unsweetened Chocolate
Published: November 2010
Unsweetened Chocolate
With no added sugar or dairy, 100 percent pure chocolate can be a clear route to…
Salt
Published: September 2002
Salt
Food magazines and celebrity chefs are touting the flavor of gourmet salts that …
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All-Purpose Vegetable Oils
Published: March 2010
All-Purpose Vegetable Oils
Vegetable oil should stay behind the scenes, whether you’re baking, sautéing, or…
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Vanilla Extract
Published: March 2009
Vanilla Extract
In the battle of pure versus imitation extracts, could we declare a winner?
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Black Peppercorns
Published: November 2008
Black Peppercorns
You only use a grind or two on your food, so does it really matter what brand of…
Unsalted Butter
Published: November 2018
Unsalted Butter
For everyday cooking and baking, which unsalted butter is best? We tested seven …
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Cocoa Powder
Published: May 2018
Cocoa Powder
The big debate in cocoa powder has always been Dutch-processed versus natural. I…
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Dry Vermouth
Published: November 2017
Dry Vermouth
Could we find a bottle that would do double duty for cooking and cocktails?
Premium Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
Published: March 2017
Premium Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
High-end extra-virgin olive oils offer a world of flavor beyond grocery-store op…
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Cinnamon
Published: November 2016
Cinnamon
Labels touting origin imply there’s more to this standby spice than there once …
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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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Beef Broth
Published: January 2016
Beef Broth
Commercial beef broths contain almost no beef. So what exactly are these product…
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Supermarket Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
Published: November 2015
Supermarket Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
Often dull or even rancid-tasting, supermarket olive oils never seem to live up …
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Maple Syrup
Published: September 2015
Maple Syrup
Maple syrup continues to be produced on small farms in the same low-tech way tha…
Supermarket Balsamic Vinegar
Published: July 2015
Supermarket Balsamic Vinegar
In recent years, Italy has created a new set of guidelines for mass-produced bal…
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