I took notice when I saw the stories about Hellman's suing Hampton Creek. Oh, the irony, when Hellman's had to change their own marketing once they realized that they, themselves, have been using the term "mayo" to describe non-egg-containing spread!
Just Mayo is available in the refrigerated section at Whole Foods, and they have trouble keeping it in stock. It is really that delicious! Last time I took it through the check-out there was a scramble as the employees went to claim a jar once they knew it was back in.
Most shelf-stable "mayo-like" spreads you find on the shelf do not contain any egg. The thing is, it's difficult to make a shelf-stable product that contains eggs! You need to load it up with preservatives. "Real mayonnaise" on the aisle? It's kinda-mayonaise.
Yes, the pendulum has swung-back on eggs. For those (like me) who do NOT have an egg allergy or some other reason to avoid eggs, we should take another look at eggs - I have. I stopped removing half the yolks from omelets, for example. We learn a bit about food, we over-react, we learn a bit more.
Here's the ingredients for Just Mayo. Pretty short list:
- Non-GMO expeller-pressed Canola Oil
- Filtered Water
- Lemon Juice (note that "lemon juice" means "lemon juice" not some reconstituted concentrate, extract, or citric acid...)
- White vinegar
- 2% or less of the following:
- Organic sugar
- Pea protein
- Modified food starch
The only thing suspect here is the Pea protein, because I imagine it is a highly-processed ingredient. Hopefully not made in China.
They don't say, but I'd guess the modified food starch is Tapioca Maltodextrin. I have a big bucket of the stuff in my pantry. It's magic stuff.
When I want actual mayonnaise, I make my own actual mayonnaise. It's quick and easy to make up in a food processor, but of course then there's the cleanup. Egg yolk (you can pasteurize if you like easily in a sous-vide' cooker - I don't), salt, lemon juice, olive oil. You can keep it a few days, but best fresh. I wouldn't touch any of that stuff in a jar. Even in the refrigerated section, real mayonnaise is impractical to sell in a supermarket. I would not call anything that Hellman's sells "real mayonnaise", though they are allowed by law to call some of it such.
Unfortunately, most people don't know what real mayonnaise tastes like any more, and if you serve it to others they will say "what is this"? So, screw em' I reserve this for myself.
If I want to make a quick tunafish sandwich - I use Just Mayo. It tastes way better than that shelf-stable stuff from Hellman's