Mayonnaise reviews

Food science can't replicate the creaminess of oil and eggs
 
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01 .Introduction

Mayonnaise-LEAD

 In brief

  • The more fat a mayonnaise contains and the higher up egg is on the ingredients list, the more authentic it’s likely to taste.
  • Fat-free mayos may be better for your hips, but replacing oil with water and adding sugar doesn’t do the taste or texture any favours. But one reduced-fat version rated higher than others.

Traditional homemade mayonnaise is a luscious blend of oil, egg yolk and vinegar or lemon juice. Supermarket mayo can be a different beast altogether. While some products stay close to the traditional recipe, many skimp on oil and egg and bump up the sugar and additives to compensate, resulting in something that’s more like a runny, sweet glue than the creamy, dense sauce traditionalists would offer up.

CHOICE put 20 popular mayonnaises to the test — six fat-reduced, 14 regular — to see which taste best. Our results indicate that you can work out what to expect from a bought mayonnaise just by reading the label. Ingredients are listed in descending order of proportion by weight, and if oil and egg feature in the first three ingredients, you’ve usually found a mayo that bears the closest resemblance in both texture and taste to homemade.

Please note: this information was current as of October 2009 but is still a useful guide to today's market.


How we test

  • We asked 70 ordinary consumers, all CHOICE staff, to taste mayonnaise.
  • Samples were presented in a random order in plain containers identified only by code numbers. Trialists described the taste and rated each sample for texture and how much they liked it overall.
  • Each mayonnaise was tasted by 21 people.

Did you know?

Mayonnaise is the base for many other chilled sauces and salad dressings.
  • Aioli is an olive oil mayonnaise with garlic.
  • Dijonnaise is mayonnaise mixed with Dijon mustard.
  • Tartare sauce is mayonnaise spiced with pickled cucumbers and onion.
  • Thousand Island dressing is tomato sauce, sweet pickle relish and assorted herbs and spices blended into a mayonnaise base.
 
 

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jelise's opinion:

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6 HOURS AGO | Was interested to see your number 1 pick being Electrolux again. I followed your recommendation from your oven reviews several years ago and purchased an Electrolux EPEE63CS for approx $2200. I do a lot of baking and was impressed by the review.
On first use the oven door wouldn't shut after oven reached a certain temperature. A month later the oven was replaced.
After three years, the oven has stopped working and I find I now need a new powerboard at an estimated cost of $550. I was hoping a $2200 initial investment would have given me more than 3 years before a major repair.
Unfortunately from my experience I would find it difficult to recommend an Electrolux oven, and would be very wary of purchasing another.

 
 
 
 
 

 
 

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25 DAYS AGO | Beware choosing the Miele 900cm wide oven, bottom of that range (there are only 2 to choose from). For its high cost- over $6000, it has NO oven timer!

 
 
 
 
 

 
 

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1 MONTH AGO | Disappointed that with 66 ovens tested, 35 have been discontinued models, and no updates. Also only 9 newly tested models. Very difficult to wade through the paperwork. Carol

 
 
 
 
 

 
 

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1 MONTH AGO | Do you think you will be testing Asco ovens and rangehoods in the near future?

 
 
 
 
 

 
 

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2 MONTHS AGO | I am trying to look for info on the neff oven slide & hide B44M42N3GB just wondering if it recommended by choice thanks Terry

 
 
 
 
 

 

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6 HOURS AGO | Was interested to see your number 1 pick being Electrolux again. I followed your recommendation from your oven reviews several years ago and purchased an Electrolux EPEE63CS for approx $2200. I do a lot of baking and was impressed by the review.
On first use the oven door wouldn't shut after oven reached a certain temperature. A month later the oven was replaced.
After three years, the oven has stopped working and I find I now need a new powerboard at an estimated cost of $550. I was hoping a $2200 initial investment would have given me more than 3 years before a major repair.
Unfortunately from my experience I would find it difficult to recommend an Electrolux oven, and would be very wary of purchasing another.

 
 
 
 
 

 
 

Lindy's opinion:

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25 DAYS AGO | Beware choosing the Miele 900cm wide oven, bottom of that range (there are only 2 to choose from). For its high cost- over $6000, it has NO oven timer!

 
 
 
 
 

 
 

Carol's opinion:

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1 MONTH AGO | Disappointed that with 66 ovens tested, 35 have been discontinued models, and no updates. Also only 9 newly tested models. Very difficult to wade through the paperwork. Carol

 
 
 
 
 

 
 

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1 MONTH AGO | Do you think you will be testing Asco ovens and rangehoods in the near future?

 
 
 
 
 

 
 

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2 MONTHS AGO | I am trying to look for info on the neff oven slide & hide B44M42N3GB just wondering if it recommended by choice thanks Terry

 
 
 
 
 

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