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Soba Noodles
Published: July 2019
Soba Noodles
These delicate buckwheat strands are one of Japan's most popular foods. We taste…
Sriracha Sauces
Published: December 2018
Sriracha Sauces
Think there's only one sriracha? Think again.
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Crunchy Peanut Butter
Published: November 2018
Crunchy Peanut Butter
Ever wonder how many peanut pieces are actually in a jar of crunchy peanut butte…
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Tahini
Published: September 2017
Tahini
Finding the best tahini can be a real grind.
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Single-Varietal White Wine Vinegars
Published: June 2017
Single-Varietal White Wine Vinegars
Some markets now carry wine vinegars made from a specific variety of wine, such …
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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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Vegan Mayonnaise
Published: January 2017
Vegan Mayonnaise
Vegan mayo can’t be very good, can it? Read on for a shocking surprise.
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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Bagged Popcorn
Published: August 2016
Bagged Popcorn
Bagged popcorn is selling like crazy these days; does it deserve the hype?
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Almond Butter
Published: July 2016
Almond Butter
The best almond butter contains more than just ground almonds.
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Worcestershire Sauce
Published: June 2016
Worcestershire Sauce
We tasted four nationally available bottled Worcestershire sauces to find one wi…
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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 Honey
Published: August 2015
Supermarket Honey
To find the best supermarket honey, we selected five top-selling honeys—three tr…
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Dill Pickle Spears
Published: April 2015
Dill Pickle Spears
To see if the quality of supermarket pickles had improved in recent years, we pu…
Peach Preserves
Published: June 2014
Peach Preserves
We tested five brands to find our favorite peach flavor.
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Canned Crushed Pineapple
Published: April 2014
Canned Crushed Pineapple
We put three supermarket pineapple products to the test, sampling them both plai…
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Brown Mustard
Published: April 2014
Brown Mustard
Products awash in vinegar didn’t cut the mustard with our tasters.
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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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Jarred Green Salsa
Published: August 2013
Jarred Green Salsa
Salsa verde adds tangy zest to tacos, enchiladas, and more. We rounded up five n…
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Jarred Medium Salsa
Published: August 2013
Jarred Medium Salsa
Sure, it sells well, but is salsa from the supermarket actually any good?
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High-End Barbecue Sauces
Published: July 2013
High-End Barbecue Sauces
We put four small-batch, mail-order barbecue sauces to the test against our supe…
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Gluten-Free Sandwich Bread
Published: November 2015
Gluten-Free Sandwich Bread
We tasted five white, and nine multigrain gluten-free sandwich breads to see if …
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Pimento-Stuffed Green Olives
Published: May 2013
Pimento-Stuffed Green Olives
Pimento-stuffed green olives aren’t just for martinis.
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Flour Tortillas
Published: June 2018
Flour Tortillas
Don't let a dry, dense flour tortilla ruin dinner.
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Grits
Published: April 2012
Grits
If you're just going to slather them with butter and cheese, does it really matt…
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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Ketchup
Published: March 2019
Ketchup
Is familiar better than newfangled? We tried eight products to find out.
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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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Macaroni and Cheese
Published: April 2011
Macaroni and Cheese
We tasted 25 boxed and frozen versions of mostly clumpy, gloppy, wimpy mac and c…
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Golden Raisins
Published: April 2011
Golden Raisins
When a recipe calls for golden raisins, your choices are surprisingly limited. B…
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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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Pancake Mixes
Published: December 2010
Pancake Mixes
What’s the secret to the best from-the-box pancakes? Here’s a hint: They don’t m…
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Blackberry Jams
Published: October 2010
Blackberry Jams
One product made our tasters berry happy.
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Yellow Mustard
Published: February 2019
Yellow Mustard
Mild but not dull, this ballpark and backyard classic punches up everything from…
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Whole Kosher Dill Pickles
Published: June 2010
Whole Kosher Dill Pickles
Supermarkets carry a dizzying array of kosher dill pickles, putting us in a pret…
Canned Black Beans
Published: February 2010
Canned Black Beans
While salt can be both friend and foe, mush is always a foe.
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