Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Duke's Mayonnaise

I love trying new ingredients. I'm always looking for new and odd things to try. Sometimes that means seeking out a new fruit or spice, and sometimes it means hunting down a new brand.

After seeing several cookbooks in a row that were emphatic about the need to use Duke's Mayonnaise, it seemed like a sign. I had to try it. But of course it's not sold where I live. That would be too easy.

I checked online and I was about to pull the trigger on buying a bunch or jars - it's the only way to buy it to make the shipping costs reasonable - and then I had an idea. Maybe they'd be interested in a review.

A mayonnaise review.

Not too long after that, I had my very own jar of Duke's, waiting for me to do something interesting with it. But first ... a taste test.

I sampled it plain and I sampled it along with some tomato - because what's better in summer than a tomato and mayo sandwich? And I compared it to the mayonnaise I usually buy.

So here's a midwesterner's view of a Southern staple: I like it.

That's the short version. It's got a nice smooth, creamy, and not-weird texture, which is a plus when trying to mix it with anything. And it's got a little more tang than my standard mayonnaise. That tang is much more noticeable when I was using it plain, like on a tomato-and-mayonnaise sandwich.

On the other hand, when I used Duke's in a recipe, like mayonnaise or deviled eggs, the difference was, well ... maybe not noticeable. That's because I cook everything to taste, and I tend to add my own tangy flavors to salads. So maybe I'd learn to do less adjusting with Duke's.

Maybe with some recipes, I could even get away with just Duke's if I wasn't getting fancy with lots of other flavors.

But I think where Duke's really shines is when it's used as a condiment on a sandwich where it's the only condiment. Like on that tomato and mayonnaise sandwich, or a ham sandwich or a turkey sandwich.

And, dang, now I want a sandwich.

Who's it for: Mayonnaise users.

Pros: A little more tang, good texture.

Cons: If it's not sold in your area, shipping is expensive; it can't be shipping in freezing weather.

Wishes: I wish this was sold at my grocery store. Really. That shipping is a big deterrent.

Source: I received this from the manufacturer for the purpose of a review.


  1. Nice to know what you think. I have also seen it touted as THE mayo in books, and from Southerners. They are a little emphatic about White Lily flour, too. But that's another test.

  2. What sets Duke's mayo apart is that it doesn't contain any sugar. And it's proudly made in my hometown of Richmond, VA!


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