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.

2011 Taste Test Awards: Artisanal Category Winners

We tasted products from around the country to find the best of the best from small-production food artisans. By Cindy Hatcher

Best Artisanal Foods 2011
Photo: Travis Rathbone

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The grass-roots growth of small producers turning out wonderful foods across this great land just keeps accelerating. We sampled everything from superb burrata (mozzarella taken to a higher, creamier level) to a gluten-free baking mix that yielded muffins every bit as delicious as their gluten-based counterparts.

Most items can be ordered online. Shipping can be expensive (and not exactly green), so we favored products that deliver great value, make special gifts, or are truly representative of their region.

We did not focus on low-fat foods for the simple reason that when the quality is high, the quantity can go down: A sliver of the pancetta pictured opposite is more satisfying than three pieces of regular bacon.

Thanks to our regional food experts: Belinda Ellis, Jenn Garbee, Jill Silverman Hough, Hanna Raskin, Robin Schempp, Marilou Suszko, and Laura Taxel

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