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Mayonnaise Mix-ins!

Mayonnaise is a basic ingredient in most homes. Quick mix-ins of common ingredients add extra zing and variety to foods typically made with mayo. Try these mix-ins:

For each 1/4 cup of mayonnaise (enough for 4 servings, 1 tablespoon each), use a spoon or small wire whip to add these amounts of mix-ins. Taste and add more if desired.

  • 1/2 teaspoon of one of these spices:
    Cumin powder, Curry powder, Chili powder, Smoked paprika, Cinnamon (use just 1/4 teaspoon)
  • 1 finely chopped tablespoon of one of these fresh herbs:
    Chives, Rosemary, Tarragon, Thyme, Basil, Parsley, Dill, Oregano

For extra punch, add a dash of cayenne pepper or garlic powder. Add color and spicy flavor with 2 teaspoons of your favorite mustard.

Commercial mayonnaise isn’t the culprit for food poisoning at a picnic. In fact, its high acidity helps keep food safe. More likely, unsanitary handling and preparation of food used with the mayonnaise—such as chicken, ham or potatoes—is the problem.



About Karen Blakeslee

The Rapid Response Center was formed in 1995 as a resource for Kansas State University Research & Extension Agents. Resource topics included Food Science, Human Nutrition, Food Service, Textiles, Home Care and other consumer topics. Since that time, the Center has grown to be of valuable assistance to Kansas State University Extension Specialists in those areas.

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