Shopping Around: Mayonnaise
I used to listen to people who talked about making their own mayonnaise and recede into silent awe at their culinary skills. These domestic goddesses could make something as exotic as mayonnaise in their own kitchens? Amazing. Then I made it myself when I had some egg yolks to use up and it turns out I was giving them way too much credit. It was much, much easier than I had realised.
Still, the domestic mafia’s attitude to store-bought mayonnaise is a little too snobbish for my liking. Yes, your home-made version is fresh but it’s all fattening, no matter what way you look at it. And sometimes domestic goddesses have kitchen meltdowns too, you know, so adding ‘make mayonnaise’ to your list could actually be the thing that tips you over the edge.
One thing I like about the store-bought alternatives are the endless varieties of flavours. One of my favourites for making potato salad is Tesco Finest’s Roasted Garlic and Cracked Black Pepper (€2.19). But if it’s devilled eggs or a bag of takeaway chips, the original is best.
ALDI BRAMWELLS REAL MAYONNAISE
VERDICT: Made with rapeseed oil, this has a silky consistency and a nice mild flavour. The vinegar and mustard mix is good and calls to mind the Salad Cream of my youth.
Per 100ml, there are 690 calories, 75.4g of fat, 1g of protein and 1.3g of sugar
LIDL VITA D’OR REAL MAYONNAISE
VERDICT: This one is made with vegetable oil, and there is a difference in consistency — it’s less creamy — but it has a good strong flavour and is the lowest priced product here by some distance.
Per 100ml, you will get 690 calories, 75.4g fat, 1g protein and 1.3g sugar.
M&S MAYONNAISE WITH EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL €1.49
VERDICT: Made with rapeseed and extra virgin olive oil, this has the best flavour, really strong with lots of depth to it and the consistency is really luxurious, really thick and creamy. Dare I say it, it tastes almost home-made. Per 100g, you are looking at 730 calories, 78.8g fat, 1.2g protein and 2.6g sugar.