I was looking through my latest addition of Fine Cooking, one of my favorite cooking magazines, and saw an article on “Rating Mayonnaise”. I’m not sure what your favorite mayonnaise is but it’s most likely the one you grew up with and you aren’t going to change it no matter what their tasting results shows.
Mayonnaise is a combination of oil, egg yolks, lemon juice or vinegar and various seasonings depending on the maker. Normally oil and vinegar do not like to be combined but by using an emulsifying process you can stabilize the two with the help of the egg yolks.
Mayonnaise was invented by the French chef of the Duc de Richelieu in 1756 for a celebration victory feast. The chef named the new sauce “Mahonnaise” to show tribute to his boss.
Making homemade mayonnaise is easy and the flavor is better than anything you can purchase in a jar or plastic squirt containers but it doesn’t have the shelf life of the commercial brands.
Just what is the shelf life of a jar of mayonnaise in the refrigerator?
Back to the Tasting
What really surprised me was the outcome of the Fine Cooking blind tasting of 6 popular jarred mayonnaises. I would have thought my favorite Hellman’s would have won hands down but it came it second to Kraft Real Mayonnaise.
Both had mild, clean flavors and a good balance between salt and vinegar but the tasters thought it “lacked depth and was a bit monotone.” Coming in third, fourth, fifth and sixth? Cains All Natural, Spectrum Organic, Whole Foods 365 and Gefen Kosher respectively.
Although I grew up on Hellman’s for my sandwiches and tuna salads, I will be purchasing a small jar of Kraft’s Real Mayo for a comparison.