Monday, September 29, 2008

... et la mayonnaise

One of the very first posts here at A Man's Gotta Eat was an homage to Duke's Mayonnaise. Here's what I said:

Most store-bought mayos have a common problem: a tangy, vinegary taste that overwhelms foodstuffs on which or in which they've been placed. Duke's mayo ain't like that. Indeed, Duke's has a rich, creamy flavor with not a hint of "tang"; and Duke's enhances flavors in much the same way as heavy cream enhances sauces. That is, Duke's incorporates into foods, instead of being something that garnishes food.

I have six years of Duke's-eatin' experience under, er, over my belt; and I reckon that I've placed Duke's on many dozens of sandwiches and in dozens of bowls of tater salad. Thus, I consider myself a Duke's expert -- and then some. Believe me when I say (and I say it a lot):

Duke's ... is ... the ... best ... mayo ... ever! And it's Southern-made, to boot!

Duke's mayo is manufactured by C.F. Sauer. C.F. Sauer also turns out a mayo under the "Sauer's" label. My favorite local grocery store - Compton's Foodland - recently starting stocking Sauer's. I picked up a jar of both over the weekend and did a blind taste test, which entailed my eating a single slice of white bread slathered in Duke's and another slathered in Sauer's.

Wanna know what the difference is, tasting-wise, between Duke's mayo and Sauer's mayo? I couldn't tell you because they're both equally tasty to me. The only discernable difference I can tell is: a big jar of Sauer's is about $1.50 cheaper than a big jar of Duke's. I'll take that deal ... especially since it won't make any of my hamburgers, turkey sandwiches or tomato sandwiches taste no different, indeed.

So, it looks like I have a new favorite mayonnaise. But if my new favorite mayo is made by the same company as my former favorite mayonnaise, and if it tastes the same, is it really a new favorite?

Look at Joltin' Django, gettin' all philosophical and stuff!


Anonymous said...

Miracle Whip is 5$ for a big jar. If Sauers is cheaper than that I may have to go in search.

Joltin' Django said...

The jar of Sauer's you see in my pic was $1.85 at Compton's Foodland in Priest Lake, Tennessee. I ain't a mathemagician, but I computate that you could buy two jars of Sauer's in my neck of the woods to one jar of "Miracle Whip" in your 'hood.

So there.

BP said...

Django, upon your recommendation, I went out and tried the Duke's mayonnaise, and while it certainly is good, I still feel that Helmann's is supreme. My taste test was done on a pair of tomato sandwiches (I love tomato sandwiches!). Duke's was very good - certainly better than such inferior versions like Kraft and Heinz. But...I guess I just like that little bit of vinegar twang in my mayo. Plus, the consistency of Helmann's is a little bit thicker, and I like that, too.

BTW, Miracle Whip is not mayonnaise.

Jennifer said...


We're glad to see you are staying within the C.F. Sauer family. Thanks so much for your loyalty and support.

If you still have some love for Duke's in your heart, perhaps you'd be interested in singing about it.

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Thanks again for your support!


Joltin' Django said...

For BP: