Mayonnaise 101

If you’re just as much as of a sauce lover as us, you’ll probably have a big bottle of mayonnaise lurking in your fridge. We love the stuff! Whether it’s as a sandwich filling or stirred up with tomato ketchup, it is a staple of most meals and has held a firm place in our hearts since the 18th century.

Mayonnaise is a thick, creamy dressing made from oil, egg yolks, lemon juice or vinegar, and seasonings. It a close relative to salad dressing, but it’s a bit more bitter and contains egg (unless you try our vegan mayonnaise).

When was Mayonnaise invented?

Mayonnaise was invented way back in the 19th century by the head chef of Duc de Richelieu (a statesman and solider). After Duc beat the British at Port Mahon, his chef wanted to create a victory feast which meant to include a sauce of cream and eggs.

Luckily for us sauce lovers, there was no cream in the kitchens at the time. The chef had to use olive oil as a substitute and called the new culinary creation ‘Mahonnaise’ after the Duc’s victory.

Since then, the main ingredients have remained pretty much unchanged.

What do you pair Mayonnaise with?

One of the best things about mayonnaise is that it’s used in a variety of dishes. It can be a garnish, dip or spread for most (if not all) savoury meals.

It is, however, traditionally used on sandwiches, as a salad dressing or delicately slathered over freshly cooked meat.

A few weird Mayo hacks:

Mayonnaise, like ketchup, is used in a few random hacks that we thought we’d share with you.

Mayonnaise can clean house plants:

If you have trouble keeping plants alive and often opt for the faux plants, you can easily give them a bit of shine with a damp cloth and a bit of mayonnaise.

Mayonnaise can remove rings:

Scoop a lump of mayonnaise out the bottle, and it makes the perfect lubricant for removing rings that won’t budge!

Mayonnaise can solve squeaky hinges:

Who needs WD40? Mayonnaise is good for getting rid of irritating squeaky hinges!

One of the only problems with mayonnaise is that it’s not very vegan-friendly! The use of eggs means it’s a no go for the non-animal product eater and its a shame! So we decided to try to make our vegan mayonnaise.

We don’t want to sound like we’re bragging, but we think it’s pretty spot on and even better for the environment. Why not give it a try?
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