Taste Test: Our Guide to the Best Products at the Supermarket

There are tens of thousands of products on supermarket shelves; let us help you pick the best—in both taste and nutrition. After booting out foods that don't fit our nutrition standards, products are served to a Cooking Light staff tasting panel for blind taste tests. Here are the winning products in a variety of categories.

2013 Taste Test Awards: Fast, Convenient Foods

We chose our top 41 supermarket foods in 20 categories. By: Cindy Hatcher

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Shelf-Stable Brown Rice
Photo: Randy Mayor

Shelf-Stable Brown Rice

GRAND PRIZE WINNER: Minute Ready to Serve

Quick-cooking brown rice can easily wind up blown out and mushy, but this brand maintains a firmer, chewier texture during the cooking process. The flavor is ever so slightly oily (in a good way). It could stand up to crumbled goat or feta cheeses, or heartier herbs like thyme.

TASTE TEST AWARD: Uncle Ben's Ready Rice Brown Basmati

Nice and chewy with good grain separation. The flavor is more neutral, so this rice might be better as a whole-grain foundation for a dish like a casserole or stir-fry.







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