There’s a special taste to anything that has a creamy spread of mayonnaise applied to it, whether on bread, a bun, or in a salad. Yet the fact is, there are problems arising from the very construct of this condiment. There are raw eggs in mayo, and consuming these opens one up to the possibility of salmonella, listeria, and a host of bacteria that can be present in them. Even pasteurization of eggs, as is done in some processes, is no guarantee that egg-containing mayonnaise will not cause illness. Keeping anything with eggs in it from spoilage is not easy. Refrigeration is required after the jar has been opened, but sometimes restaurants, not to mention private kitchens, are less than scrupulous in such matters. Dipping into a jar with a spoon or knife (or worse, a finger!) that has already been in use elsewhere promotes cross-contamination, yet is an extremely common practice. Power outages causing fridges to lose their cooling ability for hours at a time, stock (even if unopened and sealed) left on store shelves for sometimes many months past the expiry date, and even contamination at the manufacturing site, are all problems for mayonnaise made with raw eggs.
For those allergic to eggs, or who choose for any number of reasons to eschew animal products, as well as those passing up this food to control cholesterol, eggless mayonnaise is preferable. It is available in many specialty and “health food” stores just about everywhere. However, there are some of these products that simply don’t measure up, taste-wise. Without the inclusion of hen fruit, mayo lacks the same flavor. Usually, the manufacturers of such substitutes will use starch, gelatin, vegetable oil, or tofu to replace eggs. The taste of these items will vary depending on what is used, but there will still be something different in an often unpleasant way. Usually the products will be too oily, too starchy, or somewhat rubbery (especially when gelatin is used).
Plain Greek yogurt is another offering, yet this, as well, has drawbacks, as it does not spread easily like mayonnaise does. Again, when a wish to avoid animal products is the motivation to stop buying egg mayonnaise, yogurt misses the requirement here.
At last, though, a food processor has come up with a product that not only satisfies the need to avoid eggs and any other possible animal source-ingredients, it tastes fantastic. In truth, Vegenaise—produced in Chatsworth, California (in the San Fernando Valley) by a company called Earth Island, and distributed by Follow Your Heart (a natural goods market/café, also in the Valley) tastes so much better than mayonnaise with eggs, it’s hard to believe no chicken’s offspring have been near it.
Vegenaise is not only vegan in its entirety, it contains no gluten, is made from all-natural, non-GMO ingredients, is low in fat, and has absolutely no cholesterol. The ingredients consist of expeller-pressed canola oil, filtered water, brown rice syrup, apple cider vinegar, soy protein, sea salt, mustard flour, and lemon juice concentrate. So: no eggs, no gluten, no dairy, no oily or slimy or rubbery taste, but flavor that’s out the door, great texture, and omega-3 fatty acids to boot. What’s not to love about this?
Vegenaise works well in salads, including those traditionally using mayo like macaroni or potato, and likewise in garden-style salads. Spread on a bun or bread, it does not go rubbery like tofu-based mayonnaise, nor will it soak through the surface and get everything all wet and sloppy. You don’t need to drain fluid from the jar or shake or stir it to avoid an accumulation of gunk and possible spoilage or mold. Oh, and above all: it tastes absolutely great.
Vegenaise comes in other varieties like soy-free, reduced-fat, grapeseed oil, and all-organic, in addition to the original recipe version. It contains no carbohydrates, trans fats or saturated fats, according to its ingredients label. So go ahead, slather it thickly on your sandwich, enjoy this healthy and wonderfully delicious product, minus health concerns or guilt.
For more information on Vegenaise mayonnaise and where to purchase it, see: http://followyourheart.com/vegenaise-eggless-mayonnaise-old/