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Now that mayonnaise comes in a squeeze jar, how do you deal with the considerable amount left after it just won't squeeze out anymore?

Asked by Buttonstc (27597points) June 24th, 2016 from iPhone

It’s not like Ketchup which is thinner so not that much gets left.

With mayo, it’s a hefty amount to just go to waste. Have you found any solution you’d like to share? Or do you just chuck it in the garbage and don’t worry about how much gets wasted?

I usually will keep it in the fridge until the next time I make either tuna, chicken or macaroni salad. Then I dilute it with just a little bit of water, lemon or orange juice so that most of it will pour out easily. This enables me to be able to utilize it.

It works particularly well with macaroni because pasta absorbs so much liquid that it prevents having to add even more mayo to make up for it.

So, what do you do?

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zenvelo's avatar

I don’t buy it in a squeeze jar. Problem solved.

I have some small (narrow) rubber spatulas that can be used to scrape the insides after you unscrew the top.

Call_Me_Jay's avatar

Throw it away. If getting every last drop is important, buy jars.

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

I hate squeeze jars. They are an intentional waste of food by the manufacturers.

Tropical_Willie's avatar

Get something like this, we have one made by Rubbermaid. Jar Scraper.

ibstubro's avatar

If I buy squeeze, I pitch it when no more will come out. It’s not as much as it looks.
I almost always buy jars, now, by request of the S/O and we don’t use enough that the whole jar is used up, anyway.

And yeah, I have some of those narrow rubber spats, too.

Pachy's avatar

I HATE SQUEEZE BOTTLES!!! I still buy Hellmann’s Mayo in glass or plastic jars like my mom did.

dxs's avatar

Did you try shutting it and smacking the sides really hard? If not, perhaps the lid of the squeezy jar can come off. I’ll go check my mayo now…Yep, mine comes off. I remember I had to uncap it to take the safety paper off. Maybe if yours doesn’t open you can just slice off the lid with a knife or something when you need that last bit of mayo.

BellaB's avatar

I tend to pitch it, but every now and then I get mad and want every damned bit I paid my hard-earned money for. On those days, I put a tablespoon or so of vinegar in – shake it up like crazy and mix it into whatever I am making. A tiny bit of sugar added to the mix usually balances the flavour out – makes it like one of those good German vinegar/sugar dressings. Delicious!

dxs's avatar

Oh, add Light Italian to it and you’ve got yourself some ranch sauce! I did that the other day when I realized I had no ranch sauce and it tastes virtually the same.

Pachy's avatar


I used to laugh when my mom would say, “Why don’t they just leave things alone.” Nowadays I find myself saying the same thing.

Buttonstc's avatar


Oh, I do plenty of smacking as well as forcefully shaking it down. But there’s still,all that left in the bottom as well as clinging to the sides.

I have one of those narrow spatulas but they changed the size of the opening so it no longer fits. I guess I’ll have to try to find a smaller one.

Aster's avatar

I don’t buy squeeze mayonnaise jars. I think it’s a ploy by the manufacturer to rip people off . With ketchup it’s ok since we rarely use ketchup. And it’s cheap.

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