As you may know, we have a pretty dynamic household and opinions can be furry and feisty based on each person’s likes are dislikes or, dare I say, pickiness. My husband will eat most anything that I put in front of him but there is one food item that he is most adamant about and I think it’s because of where he was raised. It’s that god awful stuff called Miracle Whip. He puts it on everything. Gross!! It is too sweet for me. I prefer Mayonnaise. What gets me is that he calls Miracle Whip, “mayonnaise.” There’s got to be a copyright infringement in there somewhere. Anyway this is a great debate in our house hold and I mean it’s the house hold against him. I guess it’s best to let him tell this story so for this Blog I turn it over to him to present his argument and let us know what you think. Are Mayonnaise or Miracle Whip.
Live well and Eat Well.
Hi All, it’s me Chef Shay’s husband! I hope you will give me a fair hearing!
This is to me is an amazing hot bed of frenzied argument because people have their druthers for either one and they are passionate about it. You either love mayonnaise or hate it. You either love Miracle Whip or hate it. I have met very few people who like or use both interchangeably. I’ve discovered that your like or dislike of either one is based on where you grew up. It appears that if you come from the ole’ South (the Red States) you were raised on Miracle Whip. Everywhere else – Mayonnaise. Now I was raised in a small ranching community called Camp Wood deep in the Hill County of Texas, (pop. 868) Miracle Whip was our Mayonnaise. As a matter of fact it was not until I moved to San Antonio (5th Grade) that I discovered that they were two different things. Growing up, I always called Miracle Whip, Mayonnaise. Back in Camp Wood (pop.868) our main meal was lunch (called Dinner) and for Dinner (called Supper) we would have something light like sandwiches and / or soup. My Grandmother would give me a bologna sandwich made with Miracle Whip and a bowl of pinto beans. She then would give me $0.25 and I would head off to the movies. It cost me $0.10 for the price of the ticket and that would leave me 15 cents for a coke and a piece of candy. Those were the grand old days. Well, I’ve digressed, so back to the subject at hand… I didn’t know that there was “Mayonnaise.” Like I said, I though Miracle Whip was Mayonnaise and called it as such. Our family, and all those I knew used Miracle Whip – Yes, even in Potato Salad! The first time I tried real mayonnaise, thinking that it was “my mayonnaise” (Miracle Whip) I nearly threw up. To me, by itself, it taste terrible. It was not sweet. And there it is! You either like sweet or you don’t. I like sweet – I was raised on sweet. I am usually chastised for my love of Miracle Whip – being called the Hick!
So what is Mayonnaise?
Mayonnaise is an emulsion – a mixture of two liquids that can’t be combined (like oil and water). How are emulsions used:
- by pharmacists, as a vehicle for medication
- in photography, to coat plates, film and paper
- in explosives, paints, coatings, make-up and detergents
Mayonnaise is made by combining lemon juice or vinegar with egg yolks and oil. Eggs contain the emulsifier, lecithin. Whip the liquid and egg yolks together. To combine the lemon juice, vinegar, egg yolk with the oil. Slowly add the oil, drop by drop, while whisking rapidly. The whisking allows the two liquids to combine. As the sauce begins to thicken the oil can be added more rapidly. After the oil has been mixed in you can add your seasonings. You have your homemade mayonnaise.
Since homemade mayonnaise is uncooked, be sure to use the freshest eggs and make sure you know the source to make sure that they are salmonella free. I once went to a wedding reception in which mayonnaise was served and my salmonella lasted longer than the marriage. No Joke!
Mayonnaise was invented in 1756 by the French chef of the Duc de Richelieu. After the Duc beat the British at Port Mahon his chef created a victory feast that was to include a sauce made of cream and eggs. He suddenly realized, out there on the battle field, that he didn’t have any cream. So not to suffer the fate of the victory less he substituted olive oil for the cream and created a new sauce and lo and behold he called it “Mahonnaise” in honor to the Duc’s victory.
I’m a Miracle Whip lover! So, arguably, I’ve saved the best for last.
Premiering at the Chicago World’s Fair in 1933, Miracle Whip helped to make fruits, vegetables and salads better tasting, more appealing and less expensive. Basically, Miracle Whip is a mayonnaise mixed with salad dressings, thus creating the sweet taste. This combination of ingredients (20 spices in all) was made possible by the inventor, Charles Chapman. He invented a machine that would combine and ensure the pre-measured ingredients by continuously making sure that they were properly blended and whipped. The machine was formally call “Miracle Whip” …and the rest is history.
So what else is Miracle Whip Good for:
- Condition you hair. Apply one-half cup Miracle Whip to dry hair once a week as a conditioner. Leave on for thirty minutes. Then rinse a few times before shampooing.
- Remove a ring struck on a finger. Smear on some Miracle Whip and slide it off.
- Give yourself a facial and tighten pores. Miracle Whip helps moisten dry skin when applied as a face mask. Wait twenty minutes, then wash it off with warm water followed by cold water.
- Remove white rings and spots from wood furniture. Wipe on Miracle Whip, let stand for an hour, wipe off and polish the furniture.
- Remove tar. Spread a teaspoon of Miracle whip on tar, rub and wipe off.
- Soothe sunburn and windburn pain. Use Miracle Whip as a skin cream.
- Remove dead skin. Rub a dab of Miracle Whip into your skin and let it dry for a few minutes. While the skin is moist massage with your fingertips. Dead skin will rub off your feet, knees, elbows or face.
- Remove chewing gum from hair. Rub a dollop of Miracle Whip into the chewing gum.
So all you Mayonnaise aficionados give Miracle Whip a try. Life is sweet and Miracle Whip just makes it sweeter.
Let us know which you prefer!