Pantry Items

40 Kitchen-Tested Ingredients

Almond Butter
Published: July 2016
Almond Butter
The best almond butter contains more than just ground almonds.
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Sherry Vinegar
Published: May 2016
Sherry Vinegar
The woodsy yet vibrant taste of sherry vinegar makes it such a standout that it …
Maple Syrup
Published: September 2015
Maple Syrup
Maple syrup continues to be produced on small farms in the same low-tech way tha…
Flour Tortillas
Published: June 2018
Flour Tortillas
Don't let a dry, dense flour tortilla ruin dinner.
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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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Creamy Peanut Butter
Published: April 2018
Creamy Peanut Butter
The average family of four goes through a jar of peanut butter every two weeks. …
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Vanilla
Published: January 2019
Vanilla
Cyclones, theft, petrochemicals, market swings—vanilla is anything but boring. W…
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Tahini
Published: September 2017
Tahini
Finding the best tahini can be a real grind.
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Vegetarian Broth
Published: January 2015
Vegetarian Broth
More vegetables, better broth? We tasted a slew of products and discovered that,…
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Supermarket Balsamic Vinegar
Published: July 2015
Supermarket Balsamic Vinegar
In recent years, Italy has created a new set of guidelines for mass-produced bal…
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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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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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Ketchup
Published: June 2019
Ketchup
Is familiar better than newfangled? We tried eight products to find out.
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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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Beef Broth
Published: January 2016
Beef Broth
Commercial beef broths contain almost no beef. So what exactly are these product…
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Hot Sauce
Published: June 2018
Hot Sauce
Which all-around sauce strikes the best balance between fire and flavor?
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Canned Whole Tomatoes
Published: March 2012
Canned Whole Tomatoes
When it comes to the best canned tomatoes, is Italian pedigree the determining f…
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White Wine Vinegar
Published: July 2017
White Wine Vinegar
Versatility can seem boring, but it’s an asset for this pantry staple.
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Chicken Broth
Published: July 2013
Chicken Broth
Just about every broth in the supermarket amounts to a science project of flavor…
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All-Purpose Vegetable Oils
Published: March 2010
All-Purpose Vegetable Oils
Vegetable oil should stay behind the scenes, whether you’re baking, sautéing, or…
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Dry Vermouth
Published: November 2017
Dry Vermouth
Could we find a bottle that would do double duty for cooking and cocktails?
Tomato Paste
Published: March 2019
Tomato Paste
American cans versus Italian tubes: We find out what's really important when it …
Red Wine Vinegar
Published: January 2011
Red Wine Vinegar
Does aging make a difference in vinegar, or does it all boil down to the grapes …
Unsweetened Chocolate
Published: January 2019
Unsweetened Chocolate
Plain-Jane unsweetened chocolate may not inspire the same passion as our favorit…
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Published: November 2002
Canned Gravy
Is store-bought gravy worth the time saved?
Salt
Published: September 2002
Salt
Food magazines and celebrity chefs are touting the flavor of gourmet salts that …
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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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Decaffeinated Coffees
Published: December 2009
Decaffeinated Coffees
Has grocery store decaf coffee improved as much as the high-octane stuff in rece…
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Hot Cocoa Mix
Published: February 2009
Hot Cocoa Mix
The best cocoa mixes feature a double dose of chocolate.
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Microwave Popcorn
Published: October 2008
Microwave Popcorn
Americans spend over $1 billion annually on unpopped popcorn kernels. Is there a…
White Sandwich Bread
Published: April 2006
White Sandwich Bread
Which slice is best?
White Chocolate Chips
Published: September 2019
White Chocolate Chips
With so many products and so many different names, shopping for white chocolate …
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Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
Published: August 2019
Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
There have been lots of changes in the olive oil world since we last tested supe…
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Milk Chocolate
Published: July 2019
Milk Chocolate
Milk chocolate bars are often dismissed as candy for kids, but we found some tha…
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Packaged Stuffing (Stovetop Stuffing Mixes)
Published: October 2018
Packaged Stuffing (Stovetop Stuffing Mixes)
In just 10 minutes, you can have a side dish for a holiday roast or weeknight di…
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Potato Chips
Published: August 2018
Potato Chips
Thick and crunchy kettle chips versus the traditional thin and crispy variety: W…
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