I absolutely love a condiment – chips aren’t chips without some ketchup to dunk them in, a bacon sarnie ain’t a real bacon sarnie unless it’s been doused with brown sauce, a roast dinner seriously doesn’t cut it unless there’s a splodge of mint sauce on the side and tuna just looks naked unless it’s been dressed in mayonnaise. You get the idea, I proper love my saucy accessories!
But unless you make them yourself, and quite frankly who can be bothered, shop bought versions are often riddled with added sugar, salt, preservatives and other hidden nasties that aren’t so good for us.
So we were delighted when a jar of Hunter & Gather mayonnaise turned up on our desks, because check this, it contains just 4 ingredients!
Now, we all know how great avocados are and they’re tasty little blighters too – my brunch game has never been so strong since these green beauts become en vogue – but have you heard about avocado oil? Yep, turns out the oil can be extracted from the avocado and it is absolutely jam packed with omega 9 (oleic acid) – that’s good cholesterol to you and me, Vitamin E – healthy heart, eyes, skin and hair folks!, and is high in monounsaturated fats – lowers blood cholesterol and helps maintain healthy blood cell growth.
So come on then, I know you’re all dying to know, what are the 4 ingredients:
- 100% Avocado Oil
- Free Range Egg Yolk
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Pinch of Salt
As a comparison, because if you’re like me then perhaps you haven’t studied the back of a mayonnaise jar before, let’s take a look at what you get inside a supermarket own brand version:
- Rapeseed Oil
- Modified Maize
- Free Range Pasteurised Egg yolk
- Spirit Vinegar
- Lemon juice from concentrate
- Milk Proteins
That’s nearly triple the amount of ingredients, half of which I’m not even entirely sure what they are!
The mayonnaise on the right is from Hunter & Gather and the left is the supermarket version; other than one being squirted from a bottle and the other dolloped from a jar I’m sure you’ll agree that they sort of look the same. The real difference however, is with the taste. Hunter & Gather’s mayonnaise has a creamy, slightly sharp taste to it and you can taste every single one of those 4 ingredients. The supermarket own brand mayonnaise on the other hand tastes sweeter, saltier, yes creamier, but and this is big BUT, you are definitely left with an unpleasant, unnatural aftertaste.
I must admit that I had my doubts about the lifespan of a natural ‘real food’ mayonnaise, I mean when there are no chemicals added to a product how on earth can it compete in terms of how long it will last compared to a mass produced preservative filled brand? As it happens I couldn’t actually find the best before date on the jar (I did hunt high and low) however it does state that the product will keep for 4 weeks in the fridge after being opened, which is exactly the recommendation on the supermarket own brand. Which therefore begs the question…why on earth are all these extra things added to our foods?
Hunter & Gather pride themselves on producing a superior quality product that doesn’t compromise on taste and is free from all this lot:
- Industrial Vegetable, Seed and Grain oils (whoop whoop that means it’s Paleo approved!)
- Artificial Preservatives, Emulsifiers and Thickeners
Whether you use it as the base for coleslaw, salads, on steak, with tuna, as a chunky chip dip or with eggs, this mayonnaise is both healthy and proper damn tasty to boot – something you don’t come across very often. A 250g jar of Hunter & Gather mayonnaise will cost you £5.99, but a little really does go a long way…unless like me you love it so much you literally go dollop doolally 😉
*Product gifted for review