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.

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Johnston County Hams Curemaster's Reserve
Photo: Travis Rathbone

Best in Meat: North Carolina

Johnston County Hams Curemaster's Reserve  ($30 for 3 [8-ounce] sampler packages)

Meat from Hungarian heritage breed Mangalitsa hogs is fatty, rich, and slightly gamey. Don't hide this ham in a sandwich—its creamy texture will remind you of better prosciutto.

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