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107 Kitchen-Tested Ingredients

Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
There have been lots of changes in the olive oil world since we last tested supe…
Published: August 2019
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Lentils
Lentils
Lentils are the perfect pantry staple: inexpensive, elegant, and packed with nut…
Published: August 2019
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Soba Noodles
Soba Noodles
These delicate buckwheat strands are one of Japan's most popular foods. We taste…
Published: July 2019
Single-Varietal White Wine Vinegars
Single-Varietal White Wine Vinegars
Some markets now carry wine vinegars made from a specific variety of wine, such …
Published: June 2017
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Vegan Mayonnaise
Vegan Mayonnaise
Vegan mayo can’t be very good, can it? Read on for a shocking surprise.
Published: January 2017
Almond Butter
Almond Butter
The best almond butter contains more than just ground almonds.
Published: July 2016
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Sherry Vinegar
Sherry Vinegar
The woodsy yet vibrant taste of sherry vinegar makes it such a standout that it …
Published: May 2016
Gluten-Free Sandwich Bread
Gluten-Free Sandwich Bread
We tasted five white, and nine multigrain gluten-free sandwich breads to see if …
Published: September 2015
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Maple Syrup
Maple Syrup
Maple syrup continues to be produced on small farms in the same low-tech way tha…
Published: September 2015
Low-Sodium Vegetable Broth
Low-Sodium Vegetable Broth
Finding a low-sodium vegetable broth worth using is more difficult than it sound…
Published: January 2015
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Apricot Preserves
Apricot Preserves
We tasted five top-selling products plain and in our Cook's Illustrated French A…
Published: November 2014
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High-End Barbecue Sauces
High-End Barbecue Sauces
We put four small-batch, mail-order barbecue sauces to the test against our supe…
Published: July 2013
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Pimento-Stuffed Green Olives
Pimento-Stuffed Green Olives
Pimento-stuffed green olives aren’t just for martinis.
Published: May 2013
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Flour Tortillas
Flour Tortillas
Don't let a dry, dense flour tortilla ruin dinner.
Published: June 2018
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Hottest Hot Sauces
Hottest Hot Sauces
What good is hot sauce so scorching you can't even taste it?
Published: May 2012
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Oyster Crackers
Oyster Crackers
Many people enjoy oyster crackers simply for snacking, but they were originally …
Published: January 2012
Crunchy Peanut Butter
Crunchy Peanut Butter
Ever wonder how many peanut pieces are actually in a jar of crunchy peanut butte…
Published: November 2018
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Creamy Peanut Butter
Creamy Peanut Butter
The average family of four goes through a jar of peanut butter every two weeks. …
Published: April 2018
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Corn Tostadas
Corn Tostadas
Could a store-bought tostada hold a candle to homemade?
Published: March 2010
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Quick Oats
Quick Oats
For emergencies only?
Published: July 2009
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Applesauce
Applesauce
Our runaway favorite contains a surprising ingredient.
Published: March 2009
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Vanilla
Vanilla
Cyclones, theft, petrochemicals, market swings—vanilla is anything but boring. W…
Published: January 2019
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Clam Juice
Clam Juice
When there's no time to shuck fresh littlenecks for a homemade seafood base, we …
Published: November 2008
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Sweet Paprika
Sweet Paprika
The best versions of this renowned Hungarian spice pack a punch that goes beyond…
Published: November 2008
Tartar Sauce
Tartar Sauce
The best tartar sauce should be creamy and balanced—and definitely not gloppy.
Published: September 2008
Rice Bran Oil
Rice Bran Oil
This specialty oil is recommended to high-heat cooking techniques. Is it worth t…
Published: September 2008
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Coarse-Grain Mustard
Coarse-Grain Mustard
Coarse-grain mustard is considered by many a must for grilled sausage or a ham s…
Published: July 2008
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Tahini
Tahini
Finding the best tahini can be a real grind.
Published: September 2017
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Arborio Rice
Arborio Rice
Arborio rice makes the best risotto, but does the best Arborio have to come from…
Published: May 2008
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Cholesterol Free Mayonnaise
Cholesterol Free Mayonnaise
Can Hellmann's cholesterol free version stand up to the original?
Published: May 2008
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Vegetarian Broth
Vegetarian Broth
More vegetables, better broth? We tasted a slew of products and discovered that,…
Published: January 2015
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Penne
Penne
Are the specialty brands and Italian imports worth the extra price?
Published: July 2007
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Lemon-and-Herb Marinades
Lemon-and-Herb Marinades
We tasted four bottled varieties to see if we could find an acceptable substitut…
Published: July 2007
Bread-and-Butter Pickles
Bread-and-Butter Pickles
Not just any crispy cuke will do.
Published: July 2007
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Mango Chutney
Mango Chutney
We sampled four supermarket brands to see which we liked best.
Published: May 2007
Curry Powder
Curry Powder
Blends can vary dramatically, even within the mild or sweet category.
Published: May 2007
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