Remember back in August when we told you that Bon Appétit would be launching its Seal of Approval in the December 2012 issue? That time has come. BA assures its readers that "whenever you spy the BA seal, you can be sure that [their] staff has tasted, vetted, and kicked the tires on every aspect of that product, including value, so you can feel confident that you're getting your money's worth and that it will make your cooking (and baking, and grilling) better." Curious to see what made the list?First of all, how did Bon Appétit get its winners? According to BA's blog, every blind taste test was subjected to five questions:
- Plain and simple, does this product make a recipe more delicious?
- Is it decisively better than its competitors?
- Does it deliver consistent, high-quality performance?
- Does it offer bang for the buck?
- Will it stand the test of time and trends?
A few stand-outs in each category:
Flour: King Arthur
Chocolate: Scharffen Berger
Puff Pastry: Dufour
Olive Oil: Lucini Premium Select Extra Virgin
Chili Sauce: Tuong Ot Sriracha
Dijon Mustard: Maille
Dried Beans: Rancho Gordo
Tomato Paste: Hunt's
Coconut Milk: Goya
Yogurt: Fage Yogurt 2%
→ See the Full List: Bon Appétit's Seal of Approval
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