So how long do those little packets of mayo last?

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  1. Sac Arrow

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    Subway brand, "Light Mayonnaise", no expiration date, no production date, no copyright date. They are at least a year old. I'm contemplating using them on a burger from the place that doesn't put mayo on the burgers. There is a jar of actual mayo in the break room fridge but it's like nasty and I'm not eating anything out of that nasty fridge.
     
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    It's not a binary thing. There are various stages of decay and everyone's threshold is different. Mine is that if it looks OK, smells OK and tastes OK then it's OK. After all, mayonnaise is primarily oil, vinegar and salt which are 3 things that almost never go bad to the point of negatively impacting your health any more than if they were fresh.
     
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    I'm with Asicer. And I gotta say Sac... if you won't it bread why would you even look at that frakenfood called mayonnaise?

     
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    Squeeze out the mayo on a lettuce leaf. If it's bad, at least you've only soiled the lettuce leaf and not the whole burger. But for the most part, mayonnaise lasts a while. I keep my jar in the refrigerator (including packets of mayonnaise, salsa, hot sauce, mustard) and they last quite a long time.
     
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    Mayo is bad as soon as it is manufactured.
     
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    Food is fuel for your body. I'm careful about the fuel I put in my plane and my body. I'm not a zealot as I eat a bunch of things I should not but if you're in doubt about it ... some replacement mayonnaise would be worth the cost.

    My wife has watched me pull something out of the fridge and smell it ... she says if you gotta smell it you should just toss it. She's a wise woman.
     
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    Retelling a Ravioli's True Story:

    When I worked at a restaurant (where @Ryanb is proud that John Stamos supposedly worked at) customers would say "Does this taste right to you?" or "Does the milk smell spoiled?"

    I would immediately throw whatever it was away and provide a replacement.

    Not because the "customer is always right", but because there's no way I would EVER eat someone else's food, even if they thought it was fantastic.
     
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    It's like ketchup. If it's old enough to have changed color or taste bad, well, there's your answer.
     
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    You've never really been food poisoned until you've been food poisoned by bad mayo. Not worth it.
     
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    It lasts indefinitely if placed on a Twinkie.
     
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    I found this:

    "...they all do have expiration dates—they're usually just listed on the massive box sent to fast-food joints, not on individual packets"

    "They sorted condiments by how long they can last for 'optimal flavor.' Eating condiments beyond this date may not make you sick, but it might not taste great. These numbers aren't an exact science, because every product is different, so if you're not sure whether you should throw it away, you should probably just chuck it to be safe."


    Tough to say what to do when there's no date on the product though. My mind tends to race when it comes to these things, so I usually end up on the safer side of decision making.

    Honey, salt, sugar: Indefinite
    Tabasco sauce, pepper, vinegar: 3-4 years
    Jelly in plastic tubs: 2-3 years
    Olive oil, Parmesan cheese, taco sauce, mustard, soy sauce: 1-2 years
    Mayonnaise, relish, barbecue sauce, tartar sauce, horseradish sauce, maple syrup, nut butters, salad dressing, ketchup: 1 year
     
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    There’s always the chance that mayo pack and Sac can expire on the same day.

    Keep us posted! (if able)
     
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    place the mayo packet on the toilet rim then v e r y gently lower the toilet seat then very quickly get out of dodge. don't do this if you are at your own house. u probably shouldn't do it at all, but if you're pooping at a subway u probably deserve it. also, eman is not really a dooshbag, but he does think like one.
     
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    Hmm. 'This milk smells bad. Tastes bad, too.'
     
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    Light mayo is generally just soybean oil, water, & sugar. I've consumed light mayo packets from MREs pushing 10 years old. The stuff isn't very good even when it's fresh, but it seems to last forever.
     
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    I thought Mayo contained egg products, which is why you weren't supposed to leave food containing it at room temperature for long periods of time.
     
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    IMG_4822.jpg

    Here is said burger. Double bacon cheeseburger, lettuce wrapped from the Korean place. 1/3 lb patties. Burger? Teriyaki? Bulgogi? Nah, burger.

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    I re-evaluated the idea of using the break room mayo. That was one squared away burger.
     
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    It does, but "light" mayo, at least in my experience, does not.
    That looks amazing except for all the lettuce. And that mayo doesn't look sketchy at all. Bon appetit
     
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    Anybody watch the show Eating History on the history channel?? Some of what they try is hilarious.
     
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    Add some ketchup, mustard, and a bun, and now you've got something!
     
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    Smart choice IMHO.
     
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    I've never bought or chosen to eat 'light' mayo. Of course, I may have been served some at one point.
     
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    It does, as an emulsifier rather than a main component and in mayonnaise it's more or less preserved by the oil, vinegar and salt. Deprived of oxygen as in a packet, it lasts quite a long time.
     
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    Mayonnaise got a bad rep for “going bad” when it was made with non-pasteurized eggs (Salmonella)...those concerns are likely historical unless the Mayo is homemade.
     
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    How come the mayo we buy has to be refrigerated after opening but the restaurant kind says no refrigeration needed?

    Artichokes are a gift from God. 100 little mayo spoons and an excuse to use them all in one sitting!
     
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    If it's green it's trouble,

    If it's fried get double.

    That is how I have lived all my life and only one heart attack.....so far.
     
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