Dairy & Eggs

46 Kitchen-Tested Ingredients

Fontina
Fontina
We tasted eight cheeses, from authentic Fontina Val d'Aosta to the many versions…
Published: July 2019
International Yogurts
International Yogurts
Three styles of yogurt have recently appeared on American supe…
Published: May 2019
Fresh Mozzarella
Fresh Mozzarella
What makes the best fresh mozzarella? It's all about balance.
Published: July 2018
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Supermarket Burrata
Supermarket Burrata
Mozzarella's creamier, more glamorous cousin might just be the wow-factor cheese…
Published: July 2018
Pecorino Romano Cheese
Pecorino Romano Cheese
Is Pecorino Romano from Italy worth seeking out, or can domestic options do the …
Published: March 2018
Mascarpone
Mascarpone
Tiramisù is just the tip of the iceberg for this creamy Italian cheese. But does…
Published: July 2017
Whole-Milk Ricotta Cheese
Whole-Milk Ricotta Cheese
As any Italian grandmother knows, the importance of good ricotta cannot be overs…
Published: November 2016
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Whole-Milk Greek Yogurt
Whole-Milk Greek Yogurt
Nonfat products used to dominate this market, but now whole-milk versions are ta…
Published: March 2016
Nonfat Greek Yogurt
Nonfat Greek Yogurt
We tasted eight nationally available supermarket plain-flavor nonfat Greek yogur…
Published: January 2016
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Supermarket Brie
Supermarket Brie
Think French pedigree and words like “triple crème” indicate the best examples …
Published: May 2015
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Artisanal Cream Cheese
Artisanal Cream Cheese
We mail-ordered three artisanal cream cheeses to see if they could beat our supe…
Published: July 2014
Baby Swiss Cheese
Baby Swiss Cheese
What actually distinguishes baby Swiss from Swiss cheese, flavor-wise?
Published: January 2014
Goat Cheese
Goat Cheese
Why do some goat cheeses boast creamy texture and a bright and lemony taste, whi…
Published: July 2013
Artisanal Cheddar
Artisanal Cheddar
Plain, rubbery American cheddars never measured up to the British stuff. But by …
Published: July 2012
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Supermarket Whipped Toppings
Supermarket Whipped Toppings
Are supermarket whipped toppings any good?
Published: February 2016
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Low-Fat Greek Yogurt
Low-Fat Greek Yogurt
Low-fat Greek yogurt can be a nice compromise between the über-rich full-fat ver…
Published: May 2011
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Feta Cheese
Feta Cheese
After sorting through three different milks, three countries, and eight products…
Published: September 2017
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Cottage Cheese
Cottage Cheese
Cottage cheese has shed its diet-staple persona and emerged as a delicious food …
Published: August 2018
Unsalted Butter
Unsalted Butter
For everyday cooking and baking, which unsalted butter is best? We tested seven …
Published: November 2018
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Gruyère Cheese
Gruyère Cheese
The right Gruyère is buttery and complex, is pleasantly firm and dense, and melt…
Published: May 2017
Supermarket Parmesan
Supermarket Parmesan
For a cheese with all the nutty, savory flavor and crumbly, crystalline texture…
Published: July 2016
Whole-Milk Yogurt
Whole-Milk Yogurt
The fat makes all the difference.
Published: July 2007
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Part-Skim Ricotta Cheese
Part-Skim Ricotta Cheese
Reading the label carefully was the key to choosing the best ricotta.
Published: January 2007
American Cheese
American Cheese
Hate to love it or love to hate it? We slice through the stigma surrounding Amer…
Published: April 2015
Vanilla Ice Cream
Vanilla Ice Cream
Vanilla is America's favorite ice cream flavor, but which product is the cream o…
Published: March 2019
Egg Substitutes
Do any come close to the real thing?
Published: January 2008
Swiss Cheese
Swiss Cheese
We scoured supermarket cases, the deli counter, and specialty cheese shops for …
Published: November 2013
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Cream Cheese
Cream Cheese
Philadelphia invented cream cheese. Does it still rule the roost?
Published: April 2017
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Block Mozzarella
Block Mozzarella
What makes the best block? It all comes down to fat, moisture, and acid.
Published: April 2017
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Mayonnaise
Mayonnaise
The range of mayonnaise varieties on the shelf can make our heads spin. Do any o…
Published: June 2012
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Supermarket Sharp Cheddar Cheese
Supermarket Sharp Cheddar Cheese
Does aging make for better sharp cheddar? Turns out, it’s complicated.
Published: April 2015
Blue Cheese Dressing
Blue Cheese Dressing
Was it too much to ask for a blue cheese dressing that was thick, creamy, and ac…
Published: October 2013
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Pepper Jack Cheese
Pepper Jack Cheese
We sought heat, smooth meltability, and cheese with character.
Published: June 2013
Processed Egg Whites
Processed Egg Whites
How do these packaged products compare to fresh egg whites—both in taste and per…
Published: February 2013
Ice Cream Bars
Ice Cream Bars
Is it the vanilla ice cream or the milk chocolate coating that matters most?
Published: June 2011
Ice Cream Sandwiches
We sampled nine versions of this classic summertime dessert.
Published: July 2007