Prepared Foods

20 Kitchen-Tested Ingredients

Prepared Pesto
Published: March 2016
Prepared Pesto
We scooped up seven traditional basil pestos (also called pesto Genovese), price…
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Fish Sauce
Published: September 2015
Fish Sauce
We gathered five products from grocery stores and Asian markets and sampled the…
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Supermarket Cheese Ravioli
Published: January 2012
Supermarket Cheese Ravioli
Store-bought cheese ravioli offer convenience, but would any pass muster?
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Crushed Tomatoes
Published: January 2017
Crushed Tomatoes
Sometimes smooth like puree and sometimes chock-full of chunks, crushed tomatoe…
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Soy Sauce
Published: September 2016
Soy Sauce
Savory, fragrant, umami-rich soy sauce is a staple in American kitchens. But ch…
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Hamburger Buns
Published: October 2015
Hamburger Buns
Which burger bun is the best?
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Ready-Made Pie Crusts
Published: October 2017
Ready-Made Pie Crusts
We have high standards for pastry pie crust. Is there a supermarket option that …
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Corn Tortillas
Published: February 2014
Corn Tortillas
Our top pick has both flavor and flex, thanks to plenty of salt and an ingredien…
Boxed Brownie Mixes
Published: December 2008
Boxed Brownie Mixes
Do any come close to homemade?
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Dijon Mustard
Published: March 2015
Dijon Mustard
What traits guarantee a Dijon mustard that packs a wallop of clean heat and bala…
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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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Strawberry Spreads
Published: July 2019
Strawberry Spreads
We tasted six preserves, jams, jellies, and spreads and found that only one prod…
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Ready-to-Bake Biscuits
Published: January 2019
Ready-to-Bake Biscuits
Are ready-to-bake biscuits any good?
Mail-Order King Cakes
Published: February 2018
Mail-Order King Cakes
Even if you're not in New Orleans, you can still get an authentic taste of Mardi…
Chocolate Ice Cream
Published: August 2017
Chocolate Ice Cream
Ice cream flavors abound, but chocolate remains a perennial favorite. We wanted …
Bottled Barbecue Sauce
Published: June 2017
Bottled Barbecue Sauce
Last year Americans spent more than $700 million on supermarket barbecue sauce. …
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100% Whole-Wheat Bread
Published: February 2017
100% Whole-Wheat Bread
The labels on whole-wheat bread can be perplexing. We set out to clear up the co…
Supermarket Sauerkraut
Published: February 2016
Supermarket Sauerkraut
To find out which kraut is king, we tried six nationally available supermarket s…
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Tortilla Chips
Published: August 2015
Tortilla Chips
Can you judge a chip by its color?
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Frozen Dinner Rolls
Published: December 2014
Frozen Dinner Rolls
When there isn't time to make fresh dinner rolls, the frozen variety can be a te…