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Real Mayonnaise? What's the other stuff then, fake?
There is a world of difference in Mayo. You get Light, Extra Light, Real stuff which is normally full fat and probably the tastiest of them all. I also don't mind the Supermarket own brand, and even the value ones are pretty tasty and good value too. Probably for full on taste and flavour then Hellmann's is the best. Also the most expensive mind, but sometimes it is good to splash out.
I don't mind if this comes in a squeezy bottle or a jar. For the jar I would just scoop the amount out that I needed, whereas with the bottle I just squirt an amount out and then spread over my bread.
I often use Mayo instead of Butter or Marg. It is nicer tasting but even more bad calories for you. NOt sure how many calories or fat are in this, but know it is high.
This is quite a thick Mayo but it spreads easy enough. The wife sometimes dips her Chips in this as well, and says it is nice this way too.
This tastes pretty Eggy, and you know from the full on flavoursome taste that this is bad for you but oh so good tasting.
This bottle cost me £1.60 last time we bought it, but if stored in the fridge when opened this lasts us about 6 weeks with continual use.
As I mentioned the budget versions are still pretty good but this is head and sholders above the rest for a really good taste.
Mayonnaise is one of those things the gets better with age. By this, I don't mean you should let it go off, I mean it gets better as you get older. Granted, I am only 19 but the more I eat mayo with different things the more i see it as a necessity in the kitchen. I always have mayo in the fridge and it is always Hellmann's!
The cost of mayonnaise varies massively, ranging from 30p to £3 but then paying any less than £1.30 is a fools game. Mayonnaise is something that needs to be right, it makes or breaks and sandwich and all of the cheap mayos are bland, tasteless and un-appealing both visually and smellitavely (or what ever the correct word is). It does seem tempting to buy an Asda real mayonnaise squeeze bottle over a Hellmann's, considering the £1 difference but don't, its wrong!
The squeeze bottle, is more expensive than the regular jar per 100ml which is a bit of a con. Surely jars with lids cost more the produce than a plastic container? They are pricing it more solely because they have done some market research that suggests people would value a squeeze bottle more because it makes lives easier. Assuming it's true, in my opinion, that's a pretty horribly devious thing to do but all the companies have done it. On the other hand, it really does make your life easier and you will never have to put up with trying to get the excess mayo, your knife can't quite reach (because of the lip of the jar), out of the container. If you like a big lump of mayo though, the jar is better as the mayo squeezes out in a fine tomato ketchup kinda way.
So real or light? Sure, non of us want to get fat and light is the cool thing to do these days, thanks to some sneaky marketing and some really annoying celebrities. Light obviously doesn't taste the same and ignoring the adverts that tell you it does is advised. Obviously if they found a formula that tasted exactly the same but it had less fat, fewer calories then they would just change the recipe? We have light mayo in (the fridge) at the moment and its.... well, it's better than 90p ASDA real mayo but... but well, it pales in comparison to the real thing. It's still quite tasty. It's like having an overdone steak; steak is never gonna be BAD but it tastes so much better with a bit less time under the oven. Also, the light alternative is far more expensive.
I like to stay healthy and I do watch what money I spend but I'd rather have no mayo in at all than try to replace this. A fridge product worth saving up for!
When we went food shopping on Xmas Eve I remembered we needed mayo, it seemed the world had gone mayo mad in Tesco though and the shelves were bare apart from a few jars of the horrible Tesco own mayo and a couple of squeezy bottles of Hellmann's Real Mayonnaise.
The bottle is different to the one in the picture Dooyoo have got up and it just looks like a bottle version of the jar if that makes sense. I prefer the one above actually because it looks a lot nicer and brighter! lol
I normally have the Hellmann's Light and have always thought that was yummy, but this full fat one is even better! It's got a lovely thick consistency, so thick that you need some muscle to squeeze it out of the plastic bottle especially when there's less than half a bottle left.
It goes well with a lot of different foods and if you make egg mayo with this you can deffo taste the difference from when you've used the Light mayo. It's a lot creamier for a start and has got a much stronger flavour, it's hard to describe the taste of mayo but I reckon most of you will have tried it by now. It's got a very slight eggy taste but that's nearly completely covered by the creamy texture and flavour, it could be that it doesn't taste of egg at all but I've spent so long being told that mayo is made of raw eggs that I always think I can taste it in any mayo I eat!
This mayo is thicker than the Light one and mega refreshing because when it comes out of the fridge it's so cool and creamy. I like to have a dollop of this on my plate when I'm having a salad so I can decide what needs a bit of mayo on it, and this is so delish that most things ended up being dunked in it! lol Everyone loved it when we had our buffet tea on Xmas night and the massive king prawns my mum served were wicked dipped in the mayo.
The bottle I brought was 430ml and cost about £2.50. That's quite a bit more expensive than buying the mayo in a glass jar, but the plastic bottle makes it loads easier to put exactly how much you want on your plate. The plastic vent thingy on the bottle works well and even though it's been squeezed loads of times now it has cleaned itself good so that there aren't spills and drips of mayo to clean up every time you take the bottle out of the fridge.
Recommended to mayo lovers everywhere!!!
Hellmanns mayonnaise is a very adaptable addition to many a meal, I love mayonnaise with chips, I use it with tuna too to mix in with it to help it stick so it doesn't fall out of my sandwich and adds flavour. There are so many uses for it and will not list them all.
Like a thick white sauce I suppose, thick in consistency and smooth too. The bottle is stored on its lid ready for a squeeze once you are ready to go. Compared to the cheaper brands Hellmann's does have a look of quality to it, the lesser brands look a bit runnier in consistency compared to this.
Around £2.70 for a large 650 ml bottle, around 41 pence per 100 mls. This is pricey but as I find with a lot of the more expensive makes you end up using less as the taste is much better.
About the Taste?
A really rich tasting mayonnaise, real thick and creamy, it tastes very different to the lesser names, a taste of egg and light vinegar taste.
667 kcals per 100 mls is high but you wont be consuming too much, around 100 kcals per serving and 73 grams of fat per 100 grams
Great for every no and then as a fatty sauce, great for ading to loads of dished, if you are worried about the fat maybe look to the lighter versions
On the continent they dip ther french fries in it which in my mind is just disgusting having tried it the once and vowed never again however for e Hellmans Mayonnaise belongs in a tuna and mayo sandwich with some finely chopped red onion mixed in and some lemon juice and black pepper sprinkled onto it.
Hellmans are the leading brand when it comes to mayo and they also doi a light version which I occasionally get but if used sparingly the full fat version is still not too bad when it comes to calories and it has the lovely rich creamy taste that for me is ideal for mixing into sandwiches with the aforementioned tuna or chicken tikka, egg or any othr combination where you want the contents to be bound together a bit. I also use it when making potato salad to go with green salads or BBQ.
It comes in various sizes and usually in a jar however now they also have a squeezy option as in the picture above however I still prefer the jar as I think I have more control over the amounts that I use.
Mayonnaise used to be something which I would avoid at all costs, and throughout my childhood, Hellman's was not a brand which would find its way onto the table at dinnertime. Nowadays, I love the stuff, and it has even replaced tomato ketchup as my favourite chip-dip!
In a historical sense, Mayonnaise has been a popular condiment since it was first mentioned in a cookbook in 1841, and Hellman's began mass producing the product in 1912 when it was known as 'Blue Ribbon Mayonnaise'. Since that time, the sauce has undergone many packaging re-designs, and is currently available in a top-down plastic squeezy bottle. To be honest, I do prefer the traditional glass jar of Hellman's mayo (it's better for the environment, and cheaper), but from a getting-it-out-of-the-bottle perspective, this version is far easier.
Price & Availability
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Widely available from supermarkets across the country, Hellman's real Mayonnaise can be purchased for £2.10 for the 430ml sized container, whereas the 650ml size costs £2.74.
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These days I use mayonnaise on a variety of foods, and as such, it's an extremely versatile sauce. It can be used on a range of dishes from salads through to burgers and chips, and it's also the basis of many other sauces including Tartar Sauce and Thousand Island Dressing, where it's combined with Tomato Ketchup.
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The popular condiment contains; Vegetable Oil (77%), Water, Pasteurised Egg and Egg Yolk (8%), Spirit Vinegar, Salt, Sugar, Lemon Juice, Mustard Flavouring, Antioxidant and Paprika extract.
What surprises me from the above list is the amount of oil in the product, and also the mustard flavouring which I didn't know it contained. The eggs in the mayo are free-range eggs, and the product is suitable for vegetarians. You don't have to refrigerate Hellman's Real Mayonnaise until you open it, and then it will last for around three months before going off.
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The flavour of Helmann's Mayonnaise is just right - I know that's not the most descriptive thing to say about it, but seeing as this was the mayo I was brought up on, other brand mayonnaise's just taste wrong. Some are too salty, some are too eggy, wheras Helmann's is perfect. It's a similar thing with my tomato ketchup eating habits, where Heinz is the only brand for me.
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Nutritionally, a tablespoon of this particular mayo equates to 5% of your daily recommended calorie intake, 3% of your Salt intake, and a rather large 16% of your fat intake. It's for this reason why mayonnaise can scupper many a diet, and as such, Helmann's also make a light version (although it isn't very nice!)
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For an authentic tasting mayonnaise, you can't go wrong with this stuff - Hellmann's mayo can transform a dull salad - although I do end up eating a bit too much of it. Personally, my favourite mayonnaise experience is just dipping chips into it - delicious but rather unhealthy! 'Bring out the Best' is the Hellmann's slogan - and Hellmann's mayonnaise certainly is that.
Everything these days seems to be low fat or reduced salt, which isn't necessarily a bad thing if you want to live longer; but the fact of the matter is that if the flavour wasn't affected, then they would stop making the original. So I guess that what it all comes down to is personal taste.
Hellmann's mayonnaise comes in a variety of different versions from garlic, light, extra light made with olive oil, all available in a bewildering assortment of sizes from the teeny 200ml glass jar to the huge will this actually fit in my fridge? 800ml size.
This particular one is the full fat, button busting version and comes in a very curvy squeezy bottle made from a thick substantial plastic with a large blue lid which opens and closes with a satisfying clunk click and has the trademark yellow and dark blue label.
I purchased the 650ml size from Asda for £2.72 and I know this is a little pricey considering you can buy the huge 800ml glass jar size for £2.99, but the new squeezy bottle won out on this occasion.
When it comes to mayonnaise, I want the best of both worlds because I don't like compromise. I want the best flavour and I want to stay healthy, which is where Hellmann's real mayo squirty bottle comes in. Just point and squirt, it's that simple to make an even covering over any burger or sandwich without the mess, jar scraping, careful spreading and spoon licking extra calories.
The strange thing is that it doesn't feel like you are using any less mayo because of the fine directable jet; but compared to the big dollops from the glass jar, I guess the amount of mayo soon adds up along with the calories :-
Each 15mls or 1 tablespoon contains:
I don't beleive you get your money worth too much stays in the bottle .
Hellmann's have changed the quality of their Olive Oil Mayonnaise. Previously it used to have 72% oil & 5% Olive Oil. This has now changed. The oil content has been reduced to 28.5%, while the Olive oil content has been reduced to 4%. This makes water the largest ingredient in Hellmann's mayonnaise now.
They have noticed the difference in quality this makes as they have had to add thickeners to make the product seem like it was before (Xanthan Gum) as well as preservatives, that also were not there before.
This has had a very bad effect upon the taste of what, is marketed as, a premium mayonnaise.
It has reduced the taste and mouth feel to that of a low fat mayonnaise. The vinegar, that is always in mayonnaise, is now one of the strongest tastes that are initially felt. Simply, if I wanted a low calorie mayonnaise, then I would buy one. I want one with taste and especially the Olive Oil taste.
They have ruined a great product
I love mayonaise, its yummy on a BLT sandwich, mixed with a little tomato ketchup for dipping crab sticks into, or on a nice big juicy burger .
On many things, I'm a budget shopper, going for supermarket own brands purely due to price , however, with mayo, it HAS to be Hellmans for me .
It comes in a squeezy plastic bottle, with a wide flat lid, designed to be stored with the lid at the bottom so the mayo is always ready to squeeze . The bottles just the rihgt size to stand up nicely in a fridge door, and the mayo is kept fresh with a small foil seal under the plastic lid, which of course needs removing before use.
Getting the Mayo out is easy peasy - with gentle pressure it slides out of the bottle, making it easy to control exactly how much you get out. The bottle design is handy for another reason - with jars, the man in my life would invariably scrape out the mayo with a knife that had already been used to cut tomatos or spread butter on toast, resulting in crumbs and other debris being left in my lovely mayo . No chance of that with this design!
Once the bottle begins to empty, the last little bit of mayo is reluctant to come out - I use a sharp knife to cut the end off the bottle, and scrape out the last little bit (well, waste not want not!)
The colour is white, and theres a faint smell, perhaps a little vinergary, to this mayo. It tastes thick, creamy and rich, and its lovely. I have tried the lighter lower fat version, which doesn't taste anywhere near as good. Theres no nasty aftertaste, and no greasiness to this mayo either .
A bottle of this usually costs me a little over a quid, which I think is excellent value for this quality of product . Of course, it contains eggs, so you should avoid it if you're allergic - on the plus side - Hellmans only use free range eggs, which I like, as I only use free range myself .
Overall, a great product, highly recommended. One point off for the last bit of mayo being difficult to squeeze out, but its not a huge issue.
I have to say that I am not a big fan of mayonnaise but I have to buy it because I need it for my tuna mayo sandwiches. Hellmann's are supposed to make the best mayonnaise there is so I thought I'd give them a try one day. There are a lot of varieties of Hellmann's Mayonnaise, it comes in jars, squeezy bottles, plus in normal, light or extra light forms depending on how healthy you want to be. Hellmann's also make a lot of other dressings so there's plenty for you to look at whilst your choosing. I chose a 350g bottle of "Hellmann's Real Mayonnaise" which is the original version, it cost me £1.85.
The bottle is made of clear plastic so that you can see the white mayonnaise inside. It has a dark blue flip lid at the bottom where you squeeze the mayo from so that you don't have to turn it upside down to get the last dregs out. It's shaped perfectly for squeezing as there is a little indentation for your hand to go so you can get a grip on it. There is also a yellow label with a picture of an egg on it and the Hellmann's logo. There's another label on the back which has the ingredients and nutritional values on it.
It's a pretty good quality mayonnaise as it's made from free range pasteurised eggs and is a great source of Omega-3 plus it's suitable for vegetarians. The ingredients are:
Vegetable Oil (77%), Water, Pasteurised Egg & Egg Yolk (8%), Spirit Vinegar, Salt, Sugar, Lemon Juice, Mustard Flavouring, Antioxidant (Calcium Disodium EDTA), Paprika Extract
Each 15mls or 1 tablespoon contains:
100kcal, 5% of your GDA
0.2g, <1% of your GDA
11g, 16% of your GDA
0.9g, 5% of your GDA
0.3g, 4% of your GDA
Like most Mayonnaise this does contain a lot of fat so if you want a healthier option they you should try Hellmann's Light which contains only 4g's (6% GDA) of fat instead of 11.
The mayonnaise is quite thick but I had not trouble squeezing it out of the bottle once I had removed the silver foil under the cap which is there to keep it fresh. I had to try a bit of Mayonnaise on it's own for the purposes of this review and it did taste quite good, better than some other brands. It had a strong flavour, of eggs etc that mayonnaise normally has, this is better than most brands though as the taste is stronger and it's nice and thick.
After testing it I went on to make my tuna mayo sandwich, I put 1 tin of tuna, 1 small tin of Sweetcorn and about 2 tablespoons of mayonnaise into a bowl with 1 tablespoon of ketchup for flavouring and mixed it all up, that made 4 sandwiches, 2 each for my husband & I, a nice meal and it was definitely better with this mayo than it was with the cheaper brands as all the fillings stuck together quite nicely. I give it 10 out of 10 and recommend to anybody who likes mayo.
Why do Unilever describe Hellman's as "real" mayonnaise when this is patently not true. It is merely one of many generic mayonnaise type products - it is certainly not the genuine article even if it is reasonably true to the original New York recipe. To make proper mayonnaise one commences by placing a desert spoonful of Dijon Mustard into a bowl and adding one egg yoke, maybe two, before beating in the oil. The bulk of this should be either sunflower or rapeseed oil, either will do, but at least 10%, preferably more should be olive oil. Pepper and salt can be added to suite your own taste.
Hellman's standard mayonnaise contains neither Dijon Mustard nor olive oil so it is certainly no more real than most supermarket own brand mayonnaise. Indeed some supermarkets are offering premium varieties of Mayonnaise that contain the essential ingredients of the genuine sauce so thus offer a greater state of reality than the Unilever product.
i love hellman's mayo but i'm not sure about this new packaging - it's ok when u first start using it but when you get near the end I find it difficult to squeeze - I ended up taking the top of to finish the mayo
taste is great though & the idea's good - must be cheaper to make than heavy glass jars & the empty package doesn't take up much room in the bin!
nobody beats Hellman's I don't think for the taste altho' this isn't the cheapest mayo around
it makes superb potato salad - an american friend introduced me to hellman's years ago & gave a fabulous recipe for potato salad which is great for barbeques, parties, suppers etc -
boil potatoes in skins until almost cooked (new pots are gorgeous but old ones are fine) drain & leave to cool - then chop into smallish chuncks (no need to peel)
in a bowl add hellman's mayo, chopped gherkins, a few tbsp gherkin juice (from the tin/jar) & the cold potatoes - lovely!
in Iran they add a tin of peas to this plus some chopped cooked chicken & call it 'salad olivia' - lovely dish served with pitta or nan bread
I love mayonnaise and am particularly fond of a scrummy home made jar that I buy from my local farm shop. Home made mayonnaise goes off quicker than shop bought types though so I only buy a small jar as and when I know I'm going to use it. When I lit my barbeque I had a horrible feeling that my mayonnaise was going to smell off because I had accidentally left it out of the fridge overnight. When I sent my grandaughter to the shop for a jar of Hellman's Mayonnaise I was surprised when she came back with a squeezy bottle because I have not used shop bought mayonnaise for years.
The squeezy bottle is a very good idea because the nozzle is strong and clamps shut as soon as I stop squeezing the bottle so I only get as much or as little mayonnaise as I want. It does not clog up on the bottle top and does not drip or make a mess when I stop squeezing it. The plastic bottle is very easy to squeeze and it does not take very much effort to start the mayonnaise flowing but I suspect it will get harder as the bottle empties. The bottle is designed to stand on its lid so that the mayonnaise is always at the top (or is it the bottom?) ready to be squeezed out. It is very stable in my fridge door and has not fallen over yet even when my heavy handed son in law slams the fridge door closed.
The mayonnaise is lovely. I think the best test of any mass produced food product is when you see how it performs against a home made version. Comparing Hellman's mayonnaise I can tell you that it performs very well. It has a cool and creamy flavour and is very rich and flavoursome on my food. It has a subtle eggy taste which is only there I think because I know eggs are the main ingredient of mayonnaise. This is the full fat version of Hellman's mayonnaise, I have not tried the light versions but I do not think they would taste so rich because mayonnaise is supposed to be stuffed full of calories and fat!
I find this mayonnaise does not have the same fresh taste as the home made mayonnaise I usually buy but that is to be expected from something with a shelf life of 6 months as opposed to my usual mayonnaise which lasts only around a fortnight after opening. It has a delicious flavour which is not at all strong and I would say Hellman's mayonnaise is very close to home made mayonnaise in texture and taste.
I had a spoon of Hellman's mayonnaise on my burgers when I had my barbeque and it toned down the heat of the onions on my burger perfectly. I had some on a ham sandwich with salad for my lunch today and it was lovely and cool and saves me the calories of butter although there are about 100 calories in a heaped spoon of this mayonnaise so the saving is negligible. My grandaughter eats this on chips and she said it melts down nicely but stays cool on her hot chips, she has it in kebabs as well and said it takes much of the spiciness out of the donner meat.
I will buy this again when I cannot get to the farmers market because it is a very good substitute for home made mayonnaise and the bottle alone makes it worth spending the £1 or so on this mayonnaise because it saves me soaking and washing spoons and means there is less waste when I have scooped too much out of the jar.
This stuff is real garbage, not real mayonnaise, mayonnaise is not suppose to have water in it, or before they changed it it didn't. They loaded it up with salt, infact the 5th ingreedent out of 10 ingreedents is salt, it has egg whites in it, mayonnaise is only suppose to have egg yolks, I only can call it, "Real Phoney Mayonnaise.