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?