Miracle Whip I, Miracle Whip II, Mayonnaise, and Hellmans.

mayovsmiracle1Miracle Whip I was a low fat, low cal substitute for Hellman’s/Best Foods/Duke’s Mayonnaise, a commercially sold “sort of” mayonnaise.

Real mayonnaise is quite simple to make, but the issue of using raw eggs is an important one, as a nasty case of salmonella might result. One should either use pasteurized eggs or eggs from a proven local source, or coddle the eggs at 170 degrees before use. The basic idea is to vigorously whip olive oil into egg yolks, adding a touch of mustard, paprika, salt, pepper, vinegar and perhaps some lemon juice. Homemade mayonnaise will keep for only a few days.

Ingredients:

* 2 egg yolks
* 3/4 teaspoon salt
* 1/2 teaspoon powdered mustard
* 1/8 teaspoon sugar
* Pinch cayenne pepper
* 4 to 5 teaspoons lemon juice or white vinegar
* 1-1/2 cups olive or other salad oil
* 4 teaspoons hot water

Preparation:
Beat yolks, salt, mustard, sugar, pepper, and 1 teaspoon lemon juice in a small bowl until very thick and pale yellow. (Note: If using electric mixer, beat at medium speed.) Add about 1/4 cup oil, drop by drop, beating vigorously all the while. Beat in 1 teaspoon each lemon juice and hot water. Add another 1/4 cup oil, a few drops at a time, beating vigorously all the while. Beat in another teaspoon each lemon juice and water. Add 1/2 cup oil in a very fine steady stream, beating constantly, then mix in remaining lemon juice and water; slowly beat in remaining oil. If you like, thin mayonnaise with a little additional hot water. Cover and refrigerate until needed. Do not keep longer than 1 week.

Supposedly, using a blender makes the process much simpler.
Commercial mayonnaise is generally more acidic, because of vinegar or lemon juice, and will keep for longer periods.

Miracle Whip was produced by a new machine which was able to emulsify the ingredients without using as much fat. It is sweeter and tangier than mayonnaise. In an apparent cost-saving move, the recipe was changed by Kraft in 2006 to what I call Miracle Whip II, by removing some of the soy oil and adding water. The new list of ingredients:
WATER, SOYBEAN OIL, VINEGAR, HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, MODIFIED FOOD STARCH, SUGAR, SALT, ENZYME MODIFIED EGG YOLKS, MUSTARD FLOUR, ARTIFICIAL COLOR, POTASSIUM SORBATE AS A PRESERVATIVE, PAPRIKA, SPICE, NATURAL FLAVOR, DRIED GARLIC, BETA CAROTENE (COLOR).
The flavor changed, and it became more watery and less stable, much to the dismay of MW’s many devotees.
Hellmans has also changed their recipe. Kraft’s Real Mayo may be the most authentic mayo at present.
Aioli is a simple sauce similar to mayonnaise but may be simply garlic and olive oil, with or without the egg and mustard.

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