Dairy & Eggs

18 Kitchen-Tested Ingredients

Fontina
Published: July 2019
Fontina
We tasted eight cheeses, from authentic Fontina Val d'Aosta to the many versions…
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 …
Supermarket Brie
Published: May 2015
Supermarket Brie
Think French pedigree and words like “triple crème” indicate the best examples …
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Artisanal Cream Cheese
Published: July 2014
Artisanal Cream Cheese
We mail-ordered three artisanal cream cheeses to see if they could beat our supe…
Unsalted Butter
Published: November 2018
Unsalted Butter
For everyday cooking and baking, which unsalted butter is best? We tested seven …
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Gruyère Cheese
Published: May 2017
Gruyère Cheese
The right Gruyère is buttery and complex, is pleasantly firm and dense, and melt…
Supermarket Parmesan
Published: July 2016
Supermarket Parmesan
For a cheese with all the nutty, savory flavor and crumbly, crystalline texture…
Vanilla Ice Cream
Published: March 2019
Vanilla Ice Cream
Vanilla is America's favorite ice cream flavor, but which product is the cream o…
Cream Cheese
Published: April 2017
Cream Cheese
Philadelphia invented cream cheese. Does it still rule the roost?
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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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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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Supermarket Sharp Cheddar Cheese
Published: April 2015
Supermarket Sharp Cheddar Cheese
Does aging make for better sharp cheddar? Turns out, it’s complicated.
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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Sour Cream
Published: June 2019
Sour Cream
Just how sour should sour cream be?
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American Provolone
Published: January 2019
American Provolone
This mild-mannered Italian-style cheese finally gets its chance to shine.
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Crumbled Blue Cheese
Published: June 2017
Crumbled Blue Cheese
Is crumbled blue cheese any good?
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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