mayonnaise http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/12306/all en-US Mayonnaise: The Thrifty and Delicious Secret Ingredient Already in Your Fridge http://www.wisebread.com/mayonnaise-the-thrifty-and-delicious-secret-ingredient-already-in-your-fridge <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/mayonnaise-the-thrifty-and-delicious-secret-ingredient-already-in-your-fridge" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/3944555485_b37a3f5441_z.jpg" alt="mayonnaise" title="mayonnaise" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>When I was in college I had a boyfriend whose favorite food was mayonnaise.</p> <p>I know. That should have been a red flag right there.</p> <p>He was really good looking and charming, so I was able to overlook (or at least look away from) his habit of eating a condiment. Like it was some kind of savory pudding. Out of the jar with a spoon.</p> <p>We broke up for reasons not related to his depraved love of sandwich spread.</p> <p>It was soon after our breakup that I discovered that he'd left an opened, 128-ounce jar of mayonnaise in my refrigerator. If I hadn't been the poster child for starving students everywhere, I would have just thrown out the jar. However, at that point in my life, I was poor enough that I couldn't waste food for sentimental reasons. Any food.</p> <p>So I ate a gallon of mayonnaise.</p> <p>I did not eat it out of the jar. I instead went on the hunt for good mayonnaise recipes. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-unexpected-home-uses-for-mayonnaise">10 Unexpected Home Uses for Mayonnaise</a>)</p> <h2>My First Favorite Mayonnaise Recipe</h2> <p>Luckily, one of my favorite dishes to make is Waldorf salad. The Waldorf salad, as the name implies, is a signature dish of the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City. It was invented not by the hotel's chef, but by its Maitre D', Oscar Tshirky, who was apparently a huge foodie.</p> <p>What follows is the recipe for Oscar's original salad as it was published in his cookbook &mdash; titled &quot;The Cook Book&quot; &mdash; in 1896.</p> <blockquote><p><strong>Waldorf Salad</strong></p> <p>Peel two raw apples and cut them into small pieces, say about half an inch square, also cut some celery the same way, and mix it with the apple. Be very careful not to let any seeds of the apples be mixed with it. The salad must be dressed with a good mayonnaise.</p> </blockquote> <p>I was surprised when I read this recipe because, in the last century, Waldorf salad recipes have become more and more byzantine with the addition of everything from nuts to shredded carrots. The original Waldorf salad is quite a thrifty and simple dish.</p> <h2>A Piece of Cake</h2> <p>Because I was poor, and mayonnaise's main ingredients are <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-fantastic-facts-about-eggs">eggs</a> and oil, I used a lot of my ex's mayo as a cheap substitute for eggs in baking recipes. Today I substitute three tablespoons of mayonnaise for every egg the recipe calls for.</p> <p>Although I can now afford eggs, in my kitchen, mayonnaise is still a staple baking ingredient. Mayonnaise is the <a target="_blank" href="http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detail.asp?recipe=702807">secret ingredient</a> in many <a target="_blank" href="http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Chocolate-Mayonnaise-Cake-358241">chocolate cake recipes</a> because it <a target="_blank" href="http://www.hellmanns.com/recipes/detail/33270/1/chocolate-molten-lava-cakes">gives the cakes</a> a supple, moist texture.</p> <p>By the way, chocolate cake is extra yummy with <a target="_blank" href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/bourbon-chocolate-frosting-recipe/index.html">bourbon chocolate frosting</a>. Secret ingredient? Mayonnaise.</p> <p>Even if you are a terrible cook, mayonnaise can give boxed cake mix that &quot;homemade&quot; flavor. This classic <a href="http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1734&amp;dat=19700213&amp;id=bY0bAAAAIBAJ&amp;sjid=UVEEAAAAIBAJ&amp;pg=4699,3184138">lemon pound cake recipe</a> that calls for yellow cake mix, instant lemon pudding mix, and mayonnaise is all over the Internet, but this version has the best vintage food commentary that promises, &quot;A secret ingredient that will cause a sensation at your next lunch or dinner party.&quot;</p> <p>Who doesn't want to cause a sensation at their next lunch party?</p> <h2>Some Other Favorite Mayo Recipes</h2> <p>Do you love chocolate chip cookie dough but worry endlessly about salmonella poisoning from raw eggs? <a target="_blank" href="http://rozannegold.wordpress.com/2011/03/14/cookie-surprise-dont-hold-the-mayo/">Use mayo instead</a>.</p> <p>Are chocolate chips out of your price range? Mayonnaise makes <a target="_blank" href="http://www.npr.org/2011/08/16/139676968/not-your-mothers-snickerdoodles">yummy sugar cookies</a> that don't taste like homemade Play-Doh.</p> <p>My other favorite use of mayonnaise is for breading chicken for <a target="_blank" href="http://www.thekitchn.com/recipe-herbed-panko-chicken-recipes-from-the-kitchn-175983">Chicken Parmesan</a>. In addition to being the glue that holds the breadcrumbs together, it also makes the chicken extra juicy.</p> <p>Is breaded chicken not your thing? <a target="_blank" href="http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700212222/Secret-ingredient-in-chipotle-chicken-Mayonnaise.html">Mayonnaise and chipotle peppers</a> in adobo sauce make an <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-cheap-and-delicious-marinades">incredible marinade</a> for just about any meat.</p> <p>How I wish that Hellmann's had a website when I was in college (I'm old). Their <a target="_blank" href="http://www.hellmanns.com/recipes">mayo-centric recipe archive</a> is enormous.</p> <p><em>What's your favorite way to use mayonnaise?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/max-wong">Max Wong</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mayonnaise-the-thrifty-and-delicious-secret-ingredient-already-in-your-fridge">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-tasty-frugal-eggplant-recipes">14 Tasty, Frugal Eggplant Recipes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/win-your-next-potluck-with-one-of-these-23-cheap-easy-potluck-dishes">Win Your Next Potluck With One of These 23 Cheap, Easy Potluck Dishes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-cheap-lazy-foodie-3-frugal-dishes-without-compromise">The Cheap Lazy Foodie: 3 Frugal Dishes Without Compromise</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-mostly-frugal-valentine-s-day-recipes">14 (Mostly) Frugal Valentine’s Day Recipes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cut-rate-condiments-homemade-mayo">Cut-Rate Condiments: Homemade Mayo</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink food substitutes frugal recipes mayonnaise Thu, 21 Mar 2013 10:37:26 +0000 Max Wong 971319 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Unexpected Home Uses for Mayonnaise http://www.wisebread.com/10-unexpected-home-uses-for-mayonnaise <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-unexpected-home-uses-for-mayonnaise" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/mayo_shelf.jpg" alt="Shelf of mayo" title="Shelf of mayo" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="168" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Moms know that mayonnaise make an essential addition to tuna. But did you know that mayo has some great uses for around the house? Here are 10 uses I bet you weren't aware of. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cut-rate-condiments-homemade-mayo">Cut-Rate Condiments: Homemade Mayo</a>)</p> <h2>1. Kill Head Lice</h2> <p>A few years ago, I unfortunately got lice. I tried all the products that the local drug stores had to offer and found that nothing worked. Afraid of killing more brain cells than lice, I refrained from using any more toxic chemicals on my hair and resorted to mayonnaise. It is a safe way to kill lice, and it works! Massage mayonnaise into your hair and cover it with a shower cap before you go to sleep. Wash it out in the morning and use a fine comb to comb out any dead eggs. If needed, repeat 7-10 days later.</p> <h2>2. Fix Cracks in Wood Furniture</h2> <p>Fill small cracks in your wood furniture with mayonnaise, then smooth over the top, removing any extra mayo. Leave the mayonnaise as is for a few days, and it will release oils and proteins that will make the wood swell up and shrink the crack, making it almost invisible!</p> <h2>3. Remove Sticky Adhesives</h2> <p>Want to get sticky price tags or glue type residue off containers, mirrors, glass, or bumpers? Instead of buying expensive products, use a little bit of mayonnaise! Rub the sticky spot with mayonnaise, remove with a cloth, and you will have a clean, smooth surface.</p> <h2>4. Condition Your Hair</h2> <p>After my lice fiasco, I discovered how soft my hair felt! Massage mayonnaise into your hair and cover with a shower cap. Leave it in for a bit and then wash it out. The mayonnaise <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-hair-conditioners-you-can-make-at-home">moisturizes your hair</a> and gives it a great shine!</p> <h2>5. Relieve Sunburn Pain</h2> <p>If you&rsquo;re like me, you sit in the sun for way too long and have to deal with the painful results. If you&rsquo;ve run out of aloe, gently rub mayonnaise over the sunburns and feel instant moisturizing and cooling of the skin.</p> <h2>6. Give Yourself a Facial</h2> <p>Wipe away all those dead skin cells and leave your face feeling smooth and clean. Spread mayonnaise onto your face, and leave it on for about 20 minutes. Wipe off and rinse with water, then enjoy the results.</p> <h2>7. Clean Piano Keys</h2> <p>If your piano keys are looking a little less white recently from repeated use, mayonnaise can help you return them to looking their ivory best. Apply a tiny bit of mayonnaise on a damp cloth and rub each piano key, removing any yellow residue.</p> <h2>8. Strengthen Your Fingernails</h2> <p>Are your nails constantly chipping or breaking? An easy and cheep way to strengthen them is to apply mayonnaise to each finger nail for five minutes and wash off with warm water. This will help reduce the number of hangnails you get too!</p> <h2>9. Remove Crayon Marks</h2> <p>Are kids destroying your wooden floors with crayons? Put some mayonnaise on the crayon marks and let it soak for a few minutes. Wipe away the marks with a damp cloth.</p> <h2>10. Make Your Plant Leaves Shine</h2> <p>Plants looking dull? Wish they would shine the way they did when you first purchased them? Get a clean and shiny look that will last for week or even months. Take a little bit of mayonnaise and rub each leave using a paper towel to get the sleek shine professional <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flower-power-a-guide-to-frugal-valentines-flowers">florists</a> get with their plants.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/daniel-packer">Daniel Packer</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-unexpected-home-uses-for-mayonnaise">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/21-uses-for-salt-besides-seasoning">21 Uses for Salt (Besides Seasoning)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cheap-and-simple-sunburn-remedies-that-really-work">Cheap and Simple Sunburn Remedies That Really Work</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-wonderful-uses-for-witch-hazel">15 Wonderful Uses for Witch Hazel</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-really-easy-ways-to-unclog-drains">10 Really Easy Ways to Unclog Drains</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/curing-warts-removing-splinters-and-19-other-bizarre-uses-for-banana-peels">Curing Warts, Removing Splinters, and 19 Other Bizarre Uses for Banana Peels</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> DIY General Tips Health and Beauty condiments frugal cleaning homemade hair conditioners mayonnaise Thu, 10 Nov 2011 10:24:41 +0000 Daniel Packer 778733 at http://www.wisebread.com Cut-Rate Condiments: Homemade Mayo http://www.wisebread.com/cut-rate-condiments-homemade-mayo <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/cut-rate-condiments-homemade-mayo" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000011166513XSmall.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>In my fantasy kitchen, I have an entire refrigerator devoted to condiments. I think meals are made so much more interesting by adding condiments. What is a hot dog without mustard, or french fries without ketchup? As I mentioned above, though, condiments are certainly easy to buy. So why would I try to make my own?</p> <p>Well, first off, because I am cheap.</p> <p>Secondly, because I love a challenge.</p> <p>Lastly, because circumstances dictated that I try. When the price of my beloved Best Foods (also known as Hellman&rsquo;s, for you folks east of the Rockies) rose to over $6 (30 oz.) here, we switched to a store brand. It was slightly different, but it worked. That got me thinking: could I make this stuff?</p> <p>The second &ldquo;hmmmm&rdquo; moment occurred when I read a news item about the H.J. Heinz Company changing its famous Heinz Tomato Ketchup recipe for the first time in nearly forty years. The newer recipe is 15% lower in sodium. Would it be good? Or would the classic product be ruined? (We have not yet had the opportunity to try the new version.) In the interim, I started wondering about whether I could make ketchup that we would like as well.</p> <p>To round out my condiment-making experiment, I decided that if I am making my own mayonnaise and ketchup, how can I leave out mustard?</p> <p>As you may know from my previous posts about <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/yogurt-should-you-try-making-your-own">yogurt</a> and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/home-brewed-beer-the-result">beer-making</a>, I have three criteria about &ldquo;make your own&rdquo; products.</p> <p>1. Is the product I make better?</p> <p>2. Is it cheaper?</p> <p>3. How much time did it take?</p> <p>The time factor is the least important. <strong>Quality</strong> is foremost, to me. Cooking experiments are my idea of a good time; and yes, I know that is odd.</p> <p>This first post is about my attempt at mayonnaise. I have to admit that we use a lot of it. We usually eat sandwiches for lunch; I use it in my homemade salad dressing; and then there are recipes such as potato or pasta salad that call for mayonnaise. It is quite the popular jar in our fridge. Unfortunately, it is a condiment high in fat: even &ldquo;light&rdquo; mayonnaise contains 5 grams of fat in one tablespoon, one gram of which is saturated fat.</p> <p>In beginning my search, I talked to two field experts: my Auntie Joyce and my neighbor Flora. Both are in their 80&rsquo;s. They had very similar comments:</p> <p>1. &ldquo;Get the freshest eggs possible.&rdquo;</p> <p>2. &ldquo;Making mayonnaise is not difficult.&rdquo;</p> <p>3. &ldquo;During the War, we had to make our own.&rdquo;</p> <p>4. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s really much better. I can&rsquo;t remember why I quit making it.&rdquo;</p> <p>I then headed to my cookbook shelf, which offered a few recipes, but nothing that really intrigued me. That led to an Internet search, where I found many more possibilities. Maybe this was truly doable. I also am somewhat picky about the ingredients in my food, and like the idea of being able to control those.</p> <p>The recipe I chose to attempt is from <a href="http://www.bigoven.com/97386-Homemade-Blender-Mayonnaise-recipe.html">BigOven</a>.</p> <p>I liked the idea that the recipe calls for a little red pepper and paprika, as I figured it would be a nice color (which was correct). It also did not look too difficult.</p> <p>To verify the freshness of your eggs, you can do this <a href="http://www.wikihow.com/Tell-if-an-Egg-is-Bad">handy test</a>.</p> <p>I also used a fresh lemon, instead of bottled lemon juice.</p> <p>For the first test, I used olive oil, simply because I had a large Costco bottle of it, and I like it. For the second test, I used canola oil. I think the canola oil made for a lighter mayonnaise, although not as flavorful.</p> <p>Actual preparation is not at all difficult, which made me glad I chose this recipe to try, first.</p> <p>The results:</p> <p>1. Is it better? We had a split vote in the Walters Test Kitchens. My daughter and I love it. Unfortunately, it is SO good, we could eat a lot of it, and that would be a bad idea. We tested it on baby carrots right after the first batch. It was great. I happened to have leftover ahi, to which I added the mayo, capers, avocado and lettuce. That was a pretty amazing sandwich. However, the naysayer was my husband, who prefers the old standby store-bought. He did concede that he thought would be good on a crab cake, or in a dip.</p> <p>2. Is it cheaper? Not the first batch, because I used olive oil, which is pricey &mdash; $22 for four quarts. The second batch, using canola oil, was a little cheaper ($6.99 for 48 ounces of oil). I needed a cup and a half of oil, or $2.06 for olive and $1.75 for canola. Eggs are $2.00 a dozen; I needed two, which adds another 33 cents. The rest of the ingredients I had on hand. I would estimate I used fifty cents&rsquo; worth of dry ingredients. So, one pint of homemade mayonnaise cost me $2.90 to make with olive oil, and $2.60 to make with canola oil. I could have used a cheaper oil, such as vegetable oil, but I wanted to keep the mayonnaise as heart-healthy as possible.</p> <p>3. How much time did it take? Including clean-up, the first batch took about 20 minutes. The second time was faster, about 15 minutes.</p> <p>Have I quit buying mayonnaise? Nope. With usually only two of us at home, I am afraid I would eat it all by myself. However, when I want something fancier, now I make my own. To me, it is definitely a better <strong>quality</strong>, and I really like the fresh taste. I think it is also great in salad dressing. It only keeps for a few days, so I like the fact that it only makes a pint.</p> <p>Would I recommend you make your own? If <em>high quality</em> is important, and you have fun messing around in your kitchen, then yes, try it. If you value the savings of your time more, then no, don&rsquo;t bother.</p> <p>Next post: Ketchup!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/marla-walters">Marla Walters</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cut-rate-condiments-homemade-mayo">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-money-saving-healthy-homemade-salad-dressings">5 Best Money-Saving, Healthy, Homemade Salad Dressings</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-your-own-ketchup">Make Your Own Ketchup</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/save-money-by-making-your-own-mustard">Save Money by Making Your Own Mustard?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mayonnaise-the-thrifty-and-delicious-secret-ingredient-already-in-your-fridge">Mayonnaise: The Thrifty and Delicious Secret Ingredient Already in Your Fridge</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-make-moonshine">How to Make Moonshine</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink homemade condiments mayonnaise Tue, 06 Jul 2010 12:00:14 +0000 Marla Walters 166798 at http://www.wisebread.com