Mayonnaise is an emulsion of egg yolks and oil blended together with a little acidity for brightness, plus other optional flavorings and seasonings to make a thick and creamy sauce or condiment. You can buy jars of prepared mayonnaise or make it at home, and because it’s mostly eggs and oil, mayonnaise can be used as an ingredient substitute or added to a recipe to enhance the texture. And as you’ll see as you scroll down, you can use the oil in mayo to perform some pretty surprising jobs that have nothing to do with food.
25 Additional Ways to use Mayonnaise:
- Alfredo: Craving Alfredo Sauce but out of cream? You can substitute mayonnaise and milk to recreate that creamy texture. It might not taste exactly the same, but it will do in a pinch
- Pancakes: Add 2 to 3 tablespoons to pancake batter to make extra fluffy flapjacks.
- Scrambled Eggs: Whisk 1 teaspoon of mayonnaise into 2 eggs for a silky scramble. Try it out with Scrambled Eggs.
- Mashed Potatoes: Making mashers with sour cream? Add a little mayo, too.
- Biscuits: You’ll need only 3 ingredients to make these Easy May Biscuits and one of them is obviously mayo.
- Burgers: Sometimes you sacrifice a lot of juiciness when you make burgers using lean ground beef. The solution: Add mayo to the mix and cook as usual.
- Egg Wash: Brush mayo onto your pie crust before baking to fancy up the finish.
- Roast Chicken: Rub a whole chicken with a mixture of mayo, honey, apple cider vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, cayenne pepper, and lemon zest before roasting to a golden brown.
- Frosting: Add a dab of mayonnaise to frosting to make it extra creamy.
- Marinades: Mayo in your marinade adds delicious fat and flavor. Add to most meat and chicken marinades.
- Grilling: Brushing mayo onto lean proteins like fish and chicken helps keep them from sticking on the grill.
- Grilled Cheese: Grilled cheese lovers adore this trick: Spread the outsides of your grilled cheese sandwich before frying to make the most delectably crispy crust ever.
- Breading: Substitute mayonnaise for egg wash when you’re breading meats, chicken, or fish to cut a 3-step process down to 2.
- Binder: Mayo is the “glue” that hold together crab-cakes and casseroles.
- Ice Cream. No, really look it up.
- Chocolate Cake: The eggs and oil in mayonnaise make cakes extra moist.
- Get Gum Out of Hair: If you’ve ever had a child under your care, you might already know this trick. Just rub mayo around the sticky mess and slide out the gum. Disaster over!!!
- Hair Conditioner and DIY Lice Remedy: To use as a hair conditioner, massage a cup or so of mayonnaise into dry hair, cover with a shower cap, and leave on for 20 minutes. Shampoo and rinse. (Note: Using mayonnaise to “suffocate” and remove lice is a folk remedy that isn’t effective for removing the eggs they leave behind..)
- Remove Price Tags: The oil in mayonnaise helps remove the tag and the sticky residue.
- Cuticle Cream: Rub a bit into your cuticles to moisturize.
- Polish House Plants: Use a soft, dry cloth to rub on a dab of mayo to turn dull leaves shiny.
- Loosen Tight Rings: It’s that oil again, this time helping to slide a tight ring off your finger.
- Soothe Sunburns: While mayonnaise won’t actually heal your sunburn, it will help it feel better.
- Remove Water Rings: Did “someone” forget to use a coaster under a drink on a wooden surface? Cover the spot with mayonnaise and leave it on for a few hours. Wipe with a clean cloth.
- Remove Crayon Marks: Dampen a cloth and use it to rub mayonnaise onto those mini masterpieces and wipe clean.