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Sriracha Sauces
Published: December 2018
Sriracha Sauces
Think there's only one sriracha? Think again.
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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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Louisiana (Cajun or Creole) Seasoning
Published: February 2015
Louisiana (Cajun or Creole) Seasoning
We tasted five seasonings labeled Creole or Cajun on white rice and in pork gril…
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Chili Powder
Published: February 2013
Chili Powder
Chili powder is essential for making perfect game-time chili, but many products …
Steak Sauce
Published: August 2012
Steak Sauce
In terms of sales, A.1. rules the steak sauce market. But in a blind taste test,…
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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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Yellow Mustard
Published: August 2010
Yellow Mustard
A small organic brand sneaks up on the big boys.
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Garlic Powder
Published: July 2012
Garlic Powder
When it comes to garlic powder, which brand comes out on top?
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Salt
Published: September 2002
Salt
Food magazines and celebrity chefs are touting the flavor of gourmet salts that …
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Horseradish
Published: November 2009
Horseradish
Steer clear of shelf-stable brands and head straight to the refrigerator aisle.
Saffron
Published: November 2009
Saffron
Does brand make a difference when it comes to the world's most expensive spice?
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Sweet Paprika
Published: November 2008
Sweet Paprika
The best versions of this renowned Hungarian spice pack a punch that goes beyond…
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…
Liquid Smoke
Published: September 2007
Liquid Smoke
Liquid smoke can be just fine—as long as you know what to avoid when selecting a…
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Frozen Herbs
Published: May 2007
Frozen Herbs
Can this product be reasonably substituted for fresh herbs?
Curry Powder
Published: May 2007
Curry Powder
Blends can vary dramatically, even within the mild or sweet category.
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Garam Masala
Published: May 2007
Garam Masala
Our winner is not only traditional, but also widely available.
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Tenderizers
Published: May 2006
Tenderizers
For ultra-thin cutlets, meat tenderizers actually work. In this case, does brand…
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Published: March 2006
Garlic Juice
Could this easy-to-use preparation stand in for real garlic?
White Miso Paste
Published: September 2018
White Miso Paste
Which fermented soybean paste strikes the right balance between salty, sweet, an…
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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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Ground Turmeric
Published: May 2018
Ground Turmeric
The popularity of this ancient spice has recently skyrocketed. For the most vibr…
Cinnamon
Published: November 2016
Cinnamon
Labels touting origin imply there’s more to this standby spice than there once …
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Ceylon Cinnamon
Published: November 2016
Ceylon Cinnamon
We tasted three nationally available Ceylon cinnamon products against our favori…
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Smoked Paprika
Published: May 2016
Smoked Paprika
We tasted seven products, rating them on their flavor, level of smokiness, and o…
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Sichuan Peppercorns
Published: November 2014
Sichuan Peppercorns
We tasted five brands of Sichuan peppercorns to find out which had the best flav…
Five-Spice Powder
Published: May 2014
Five-Spice Powder
We tested six brands of five-spice powder to determine which really delivered an…
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Oyster Sauce
Published: January 2001
Oyster Sauce
We required our winning brand to be both authentic and complex.
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