22 Uses for Mayonnaise You Probably Didn’t Know About
The reliable creamy condiment is so versatile in the kitchen, as we learned by hanging out in Hellmann’s test kitchen with actress and author Ellie Kemper, but you may be surprised to know that mayonnaise’s many uses don’t end there.
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Per our pals at Taste of Home, “the egg yolk in mayo is naturally moisturizing as well as nourishing because it is rich in fats and proteins.” If you can stomach it while naked and wet, “apply mayonnaise to hair like you would any conditioner, let sit for 20 minutes and then rinse and cleanse with a gentle shampoo.” Try these 19 hair home remedies to treat all your hair woes.
Make kale and quinoa tasty for nonbelievers
Kale and quinoa are extremely healthy but some folks still are not on board because of taste and/or texture. Mix Hellmann’s or Best Foods Vegan Carefully Crafted Dressing and Sandwich Spread with chopped shallots, fresh dill, white balsamic vinegar, and Dijon mustard along with cooked quinoa and baby kale to produce the most flavorful way to introduce kale and quinoa to nonbelievers.
The healthiest kind of French fries
No frying oil and no potatoes are used in the making of these healthy French fries! Brush a baking sheet with mayo then cut a small zucchini into sticks and place neatly on the sheet. Brush the veggies with more mayo before coating them with a panko bread crumb and Parmesan cheese mixture. Bake at 425 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes and never look at zucchini the same way again.
Clean your home
It is possible that mayo might be magic. Not only can it be used to make everything from barbecue sauce to cake, according to Taste of Home, mayonnaise is capable of cleaning nearly as good as baking soda. Some mayo on a clean cloth will remove fingerprints from stainless steel appliances, take watermarks away from wood furniture, and, get this, make crayon scribbles disappear from your child’s playroom!
Head lice treatment
We haven’t tried this yet (and hope we never have to!) but when it comes to lice in our kid’s hair we are open to any and all ideas to quickly and painlessly kill them all. One Good Thing tells us to apply mayo to the affected hair, cover completely with a shower cap, and sleep on it. In the morning, comb out the hair then shower and, with luck, the lice will be dead and gone forever.
A burger binding agent
You may enjoy a smear of mayo atop a burger with a swirl of ketchup too but try putting mayo into the ground meat mixture (maybe with some ground brisket and short rib to take your grilling game up a level this year). The oil and egg will bind the meat together perfectly and help to make every bite extra decadent.
Honestly, the best part of using the fat in mayo to both repair cuticles and at the same time strengthen fingernails and moisten dry skin is getting to lick your digits clean after the at-home mayonnaise treatment is finished. Try using mayo to soften your dry, callous feet too. Here are 8 other natural ways to get amazing skin.
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This recipe is a real surprise! Mayo in biscuits? Yep, together with just 2 cups of flour, 1 tablespoon of baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, 3/4 cup of milk, just a 1/2 cup of Hellmann’s Real Mayonnaise will deliver shockingly scrumptious biscuits in only ten minutes at 450 degrees after dropping 1/4 cupfuls of batter onto an ungreased baking sheet.
Gum be gone
It is inevitable that every single child will eventually get gum stuck in their hair. Instead of busting out the scissors, open the fridge and grab some mayo. According to Rachel Ray Every Day, “the natural emulsifiers [of mayonnaise] may help soften the sticky gum,” making it easier to remove, thus leaving their precious locks intact. Should you keep your mayo in the fridge? Here’s where the condiment storage debate ends.