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Mark Ryan
(Sixguns01)

Locale: Somewhere. Probably lost.
Quick weird question? on 03/21/2011 11:49:56 MDT Print View

How long do the small packets of mayo last outside of the fridge? Using for the trail.

Thanks

John Donewar
(Newton) - MLife

Locale: Southeastern Louisiana
Re: Quick weird question? on 03/21/2011 12:01:59 MDT Print View

Mark,

My rule of thumb, if it has been in the fridge it won't be going out on the trail with me.

If the mayo packet has not been refrigerated I'd take it along for the ride without worry as long as I didn't leave it out in direct sun and high temps for any amount of time.

How long it will last is a good question. Is there any expiration date on the packets?

Party On,

Newton

K. S.
(bwalt822) - F
Re: Re: Quick weird question? on 03/21/2011 12:09:52 MDT Print View

There is no reason why just putting something in the fridge will make it unsuitable for the trail. Mayo doesn't need to be refrigerated before its opened as evidenced by grocery store shelves. As long as your trip isn't months long I think you'll be ok.

Edited by bwalt822 on 03/21/2011 12:10:30 MDT.

Travis Leanna
(T.L.) - MLife

Locale: Wisconsin
Re: Re: Quick weird question? on 03/21/2011 12:10:03 MDT Print View

For something sealed, especially with something as processed as mayo packets, I can't imagine refrigeration having any affect on it. Its only after you open it that things go funky.

Sumi Wada
(DetroitTigerFan) - F

Locale: Ann Arbor
Re: Quick weird question? on 03/21/2011 12:16:03 MDT Print View

The small packets of mayo (as well as mustard, salad dressings, etc.) are all shelf-stable and never need to be refrigerated when unopened.

John Donewar
(Newton) - MLife

Locale: Southeastern Louisiana
Re: Re: Re: Quick weird question? on 03/21/2011 15:05:25 MDT Print View

FWIW,

http://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/fsrl/pubs/Handouts/mayo.pdf

Here is a quick link to the website above.

Read the info in italics in the center of the first page of the pdf beginning with the word Commercial.

Scroll down to the second page of the pdf and read the question and answer in the bottom left corner.

Finally read the Q & A starting in the center of the second page of the pdf concerning the "Mayo Myth".

As stated by Bill,"Mayo doesn't need to be refrigerated before its opened as evidenced by grocery store shelves."

In my personal experience and practice only, no recommendations are made or implied here.

At home my mayo is kept in the refrigerator after it is opened. Before opening it is on the shelf in the pantry stored the same way it was in the store.

I am not a fan of refrigerating any food stuff and then putting it in my food bag to be left unrefrigerated for the duration of my hike.

In regards to mayo I was taught from young that it was OK unrefrigerated but once it was in the fridge it should always be put back in the fridge. I'm pushing 60 and back when I was young is quite a while back.;-)

It may be that perhaps what I was taught was due to another "Mayo Myth". That being said, I personally don't shy away from opened and unrefrigerated mayo in the lunch room. I also don't get overly concerned about expiration dates on salad dressings in the lunch room fridge. I also haven't been to the ER with any cases of food poisoning either.

YMMV

All of the above personal experiences and practice can be taken with a grain of salt or a bicarbonate of soda as needed. ;-)

IMO ask a knowledgeable professional which admittedly I am not.

Err on the side of caution, follow all instructions on the label, never eat anything past its expiration date and if in doubt throw it out!

Above all ask questions, be safe and enjoy your hiking.

Party On,

Newton

Edited by Newton on 03/21/2011 15:17:56 MDT.

William Brown
(MatthewBrown) - F

Locale: Blue Ridge Mtns
Chik fil A on 03/21/2011 17:51:25 MDT Print View

I'd call Chik fil A and ask them if they refridge their mayo packets or just leave them out at the condiment station at room temp. They should have some idea.

Sarah Kirkconnell
(sarbar) - F

Locale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
Packets on 03/21/2011 17:53:19 MDT Print View

The packets are fine to carry. They are not sold refrigerated - see Minimus.biz for cheapies.

Having said that they are the one single serving packet you need to use up in good time. Try to cycle them in 3 months for best freshness.

Sarah Kirkconnell
(sarbar) - F

Locale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
Re: Packets on 03/21/2011 17:55:11 MDT Print View

PS:
Many times food is sold in the cold cases simply due to people expecting it to be there. Take Laughing Cow wheels of spreadable cheese - they do NOT need to be chilled, yet grocery stores sell them with the fancy cheese.

Robert Coleman
(jbo_c) - F
warning on 03/21/2011 18:24:14 MDT Print View

On a funny note, I got one of these from somewhere the other day(Chik-fil-a?) and it said "refrigerate after opening". Who uses half a tablespoon of mayo and wants to save the rest?

Jbo

Mark Ryan
(Sixguns01)

Locale: Somewhere. Probably lost.
Thanks on 03/22/2011 05:08:41 MDT Print View

Thanks for the info-
Guess the tuna packets are coming with me.

Sumi Wada
(DetroitTigerFan) - F

Locale: Ann Arbor
Re: Thanks on 03/22/2011 06:16:18 MDT Print View

>> Guess the tuna packets are coming with me.

Btw, they now sell pre-mixed tuna salad in the same foil packets. I bought one the other day to taste but haven't tried it yet. The one I got says solid albacore with celery and mayo.

Larry De La Briandais
(Hitech) - F

Locale: SF Bay Area
Mayo on 03/22/2011 08:36:43 MDT Print View

BTW, mayo does NOT need to be refrigerated even after opening.

Sarah Kirkconnell
(sarbar) - F

Locale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
Re: Thanks on 03/22/2011 09:26:04 MDT Print View

You can also get kits where it is a tuna packet, may packet, relish packet, etc...

But! If you can find the oil packed tuna packets get those. Way better tasting tuna!