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I bought a gallon of Hellman's mayonnaise and it got pushed to the back of the fridge and froze! Does anyone know what I can do to fix the separation? I put it in a blender but it didn't work. I paid a fortune for this gallon of unused mayo.
Marisa from Cumberland, MD
I don't think you can freeze mayo, accidentally or on purpose. I would get ahold of Hellmanns and ask.
My favorite use of mayonnaise is to put about a teaspoon on each pork chop or chicken piece, rub it on and then dip in breadcrumbs. Bake or cook on the George Forman grill, the mayo keeps it from drying out.
Also, I make salad dressing using Mayo, vinegar and sugar. About 1/4 cup vinegar, little more than 1/4 cup sugar, mix that then add about a cup of mayo. Shake it all together. Great salad dressing, coleslaw dressing too (can be thinned with milk.)
Your mayo would work with either recipe, just stir it together, a little bit of separation or lump won't hurt it at all.
Can I freeze Helman's mayo?
One of the first lessons I learned in home ec many years ago was you can freeze mayo, but don't. It separates and gets icky.
Best (for us at least) just to buy the small jar and not worry about it since we use so little of it.
It will change in consistency if you do. It is only egg and oil. You can make it yourself in small amounts
Mayonnaise will separate and be unusable if frozen.
Mayonnaise in an unopened container has a very long shelf life and mayonnaise in an opened container will keep for several weeks (most say months) if not left out of refrigerator for long periods of time.
The secret to keeping opened mayonnaise safe is to never leave it out of refrigerator very long (minutes), always use clean utensils if dipping from the jar/container, clean rim before closing and close/seal tightly before returning to refrigerator.
If mayonnaise has to be left out for more than a few minutes, remove what you may need to another bowl/container and discard any leftovers.
This also applies to any food that has mayonnaise as an ingredient.
Safe for a short while but should be kept under refrigeration/ice as much as possible. (potato salad, deviled eggs, etc)