The Miracle Whip Experiment

I regularly shop at a discount grocery called Sharp Shopper. It is a small chain found only in Pennsylvania and Virginia; but I am so glad they are here. I find my best deals at Sharp Shopper–like Wish Bone salad dressing for 99 cents, or a 2 pound tub of yogurt for 99 cents, or cheese for $2.50 per pound. I begin my monthly shopping at Sharp Shopper and then plan my menus according to what I find there because just because they have this incredible deal on maple syrup today, doesn’t mean they are going to have it tomorrow. Once it’s gone, it’s gone.

Consequently, when I saw a gallon of Miracle Whip for $2.99, I bought it. I remember as a child the mayonnaise/Miracle Whip wars in our home, but I really didn’t understand them because, at that time, I didn’t eat either one. I grew up a mustard-only girl. Now, I know.

I bought that gallon of Miracle Whip thinking it would be the same as mayonnaise (which I normally bought) and I was wrong. I was soooo wrong. I couldn’t stand the stuff. My family couldn’t stand the stuff. I couldn’t give it away.

That is where the experiment comes in. After several months of the jars taking up much needed space in my refrigerator (I had divided it into 4 mason jars), I decided to pitch them. But when I set them on the counter, it seemed no one wanted to scrape the stuff out of the jar and stick the jar in the dishwasher. So it sat. In fact, this jar of Miracle Whip has sat on my kitchen counter, my warm, humid, kitchen counter for over a month, and it still looks and smells like it did the day I took it out.

Judge for yourself.

I intend to let this go. How long, I don’t know. But I figure if I can’t get mold to grow on this Miracle Whip, it certainly is nothing I would have wanted to eat in the first place. Maybe even mayonnaise is one more processed food I should eliminate from our diet. I know people that make their own–I’ve just never tried it.

Oh, and as a good homeschooling mother, I do call attention to this jar every once in a while so that the kids can track the progress as well.

What about you? Got any science experiments sitting around?


This post is linked to the Homestead Barn Hop and Hearth and Soul Hop.

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The Miracle Whip Experiment — 18 Comments

  1. No science experiments here today, but maybe my grandson and I will do one later this week. I grew up with Miracle Whip – it’s what my Mom always bought, but once I had mayo as an adult, I never went back to MW. My family is totally okay with that. 🙂 Happy Monday!

    • Well Jackie, the verdict not in, yet. I will wait this one out. Many years ago I sold Shaklee products. My upline carried a fast-food burger around to presentations that was 7 YEARS OLD and showed no signs of decay. Unbelievable, huh?

  2. Visiting from the Barn Hop. No – Miracle Whip and mayo aren’t the same thing. I grew up on Hellman’s and the first time I had Miracle Whip I almost gagged.
    I’ve been wanting to experiment with homemade mayo for ages and your “experiment” is all the motivation I need. I still love Hellman’s – but I’m sure it’s just as loaded with preservatives as the Whip is. Bleck!!

    • Okay Jill, Mayo is now on my bucket list of things to do. Let’s both try and report back, ok?

  3. Well if that doesn’t confirm for us that there is no food like fresh homemade food. Great way to teach the kids, terrific learning opportunity!

  4. I grew up with Miracle Whip and about croaked the first time I ate mayonnaise. However, as I weaned myself into real foods, I began to detest Miracle Whip. This story cracked me so much I had to share with my husband (who has NEVER liked Miracle Whip 😉 ).

    • Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts, Amy. I’m sure this has been an ongoing debate for decades.

  5. My inlaws were miracle whip type of people, I’m a Blue Plate Mayo type of gal. I never ate a sandwich at their house after initial offering in the early years LOL.

  6. Here is my simple blender mayo recipe

    2 raw farm eggs
    1 tsp. real salt
    1 1/4 tsp dry mustard
    1/4 tsp paprika
    1 tsp. sugar
    Place in blender and mix thouroughly at med-high speed.

    2 tbsp. lemon juice
    Add blending at high speed.

    1 cup oil of choice (I use 1/2 olive and 1/2 peanut)
    Remove insert cap in blender lid, leaving remainer of lid. VERY SLOWLY add oil and blend until incorporated.

    2 tbsp apple cidar vinegar
    Slowly add and blend until incorporated.

    1 additional cup of oil of choice
    VERY SLOWLY add remaining oil and blend until smooth and creamy.

    Yield: 2 1/4 cups Very good! We started making this recipe when I realized that all store bought mayo has soybean oil which I don’t want to eat due to GMOs and soy.

    PS I have some 6 year old McD fries in a jar on my frige and they look just like the ones sold today.

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  9. Your experiment is meaningless until you have done the exact same thing with a jar of mayo. I’m not saying MW is good for you, but is it any worse than mayo? Buy some Hellmans and leave it on the counter for a few months and let me know.

    • Oh Warren, my experiment isn’t meant to be a comparison of mayonnaise and Miracle Whip. It’s just a fun way to see that processed foods with preservatives generally won’t “go bad.” I’d be willing to bet that the mayonnaise I buy from the grocery (either Kraft or Save-a-Lot brand) would have the same results because they, too, have preservatives in them. Allbeit, my Save-A-Lot mayo does not have the corn syrup or the artificial colors that the Miracle Whip has, and that, plus the taste, is why I choose it. I’ve also seen the same experiment done with McDonald’s hamburgers. After years of sitting in the box, they simply look dehydrated, not rotten. Not to say that McDonald’s is worse than Burger King. Just to say, “Let’s eat healthier stuff on a regular basis.”