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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Shortcut and convenience products help get your meal ready in a flash. See our favorite products to keep on hand.

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Best Store-Bought Italian and Balsamic Vinaigrettes

Best Italian and Balsamic Vinaigrettes

Our staff attended two blind tastings of a total 14 Italian and balsamic vinaigrettes.


Taste Test: Stocks and Broths

Taste Test: Low-Sodium Stocks and Broths

Our food editors and Test Kitchen professionals held blind tastings of various low-sodium stocks and broths. See which brands came out on top.


Tomato-basil pasta sauce in a jar

Best Jarred Sauces

We tested 11 jarred sauces to identify the four best for pastas, pizzas, calzones, and more.


Best Store-Bought Indian-Style Simmering Sauces

Best Curry Simmering Sauces

Our staff attended two blind tastings of 12 nationally available Indian-style sauces.


Best Store-Bought Pie Crust Brands

Best Store-Bought Pie Crusts

We sampled 12 nationally available frozen and rolled-dough piecrusts in four blind tastings.


Best Store-Bought Sweet Potato Fries

Taste Test: Sweet Potato Fries

Bake these tasty taters in the oven while the main dish sautés. Half a cup counts as a serving of vegetables.

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