My friend entertains a theory that the world consists of two kinds of people: mayonnaise people and mustard people. It seems condiment preference indicates personality. Mayonnaise people, she argues, are bland, pasty, and boring. Mustard people, on the other hand, are zesty, fun, and interesting.
Generally speaking, I count myself among the mustards. I’ll almost always choose mustard over mayonnaise. Yet, for some tasks, like my new favorite salmon melt recipe, only mayo will do. I don’t know what that means for my personality, but it does present me with a bit of a predicament in the kitchen.
Most commercial mayonnaise blends are prepared with soybean oil, sugar or high fructose corn syrup, “natural flavors” (i.e., hidden MSG), and preservatives like calcium disodium EDTA. Blech. Even so-called healthier options use canola oil, another problematic ingredient. I have occasionally prepared my own mayonnaise (and here’s a recipe from one of my favorite blogs that looks great), but we eat mayo so infrequently that it’s usually not practical to make an entire batch. We never finish it before it spoils.
That’s where my interest in Wilderness Family Naturals’ mayo started. After being referred by a friend from church, I browsed the WFN websiteand stumbled across their new product, an organic mayonnaise made with Mary Enig’s signature oil blend of raw extra virgin olive oil, raw unrefined sesame oil, and raw extra virgin coconut oil. Even without preservatives, it boasts a shelf life of 1 year. Excited and motivated by their introductory price (no longer available), I ordered one jar along with my many bags of coconut flour.
I wanted to love this mayonnaise. I really did. But it had to grow on me. Although the WFN description doesn’t mention this one tiny detail, the mayonnaise tastes quite sweet — almost more like Miracle Whip than traditional mayonnaise. Boo. Over time, however, my taste buds adjusted, and I learned to “cut” the mayo with some plain yogurt, Dijon mustard, or lemon juice to reduce the sweetness. That helped tremendously, and, thanks to that recent salmon melt kick, I just ran out of the stuff. (Something else that proved delicious was making chicken salad with the WFN mayo and tarragon. That played up the sweetness in a really pleasant way.)
I haven’t decided whether or not to order another jar. The mixture of convenience plus nutrition is awfully tempting. I may buy one to keep on hand for emergencies and once more try my hand at making my own mayo regularly. Now that we’re eating more canned fish thanks to our Costco membership and an effort trim our grocery budget, we may actually finish a batch before it goes bad.
So, here’s the bottom line on WFN mayonnaise:
Pros: Nutrition (excellent blend of healthy fats), texture, richness, color, convenience, good company (I love supporting entrepreneurs who run quality businesses well!)
Cons: Sweet taste (only a problem if you don’t enjoy products like Miracle Whip), price
If you’d like to give this product a try yourself, you can order it online here.
*Note: WFN did not supply me with this product to review. I purchased it myself.
What do you do about the mayonnaise issue? Do you have a favorite healthy, store-bought mayonnaise? Or a favorite recipe that you use?