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Why is my egg salad wet?

kim shook Nov 18, 2004 07:55 AM

I love deli egg salad. Nubby textured with no big hunks of egg, just really finely chopped up bits. And almost a dry consistancy - not really dry, but dry enough to scoop up with an ice cream scoop and hold it's shape, you know? MY egg salad, on the other hand is WET! I use hard boiled eggs, Miracle Whip, yellow mustard, salt and pepper. I try to keep it as dry as possible, but it becomes wetter and wetter as it sits. Does anyone know what I am doing wrong? Thank you so much!! Kim

  1. c
    Candy Nov 18, 2004 09:54 AM

    It is probably the MW and also using too much of it. Try using real mayo and start with about half as much as you think you are going to need. You can always add a little more but it is hard to take out when you have put in too much. I use Hellman's and my egg salad is always light and fluffy. You might try adding a bit of minced onion and I like to crisp up some bacon and add that to my E S too.

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    1. re: Candy
      foo d Nov 18, 2004 10:17 AM

      i know that for some reason, in egg salad, fat free miracle whip breaks down after a relatively short time and leaves a pool of liquid at the bottom of the container of egg salad. not as much of/at all a problem with miracle whip light or regular miracle whip.

      i suspect the level of dryness of the hard boiled egg yolks has a major part to play, too.

      1. re: foo d
        coll Nov 18, 2004 06:37 PM

        I thought it would go without saying, you must use Hellan's Mayo.

      2. re: Candy
        Amy Nov 18, 2004 01:27 PM

        Just one more thing--make certain your eggs are cold, not warm when you make the salad.

        1. re: Amy
          Candy Nov 18, 2004 02:49 PM

          Very cold and totally dry on the surface. I never boil my eggs either. Put the eggs in the pan, add cold water to cover. Bring to a boil and turn the heat off. Let stand 15 minutes. Drain, shake pan to crack the shells, cover with ice and cold water and let stand. Shell and dry thoroughly. I then chop coarsely and then I use a potato masher to cut up the eggs for the salad. It is one that has a grid design to it, not the wavy sort. It produces very light fluffy eggs for the salad.

        2. re: Candy
          coll Nov 18, 2004 06:35 PM

          I agree, you have to add a lot less mayo than you think, it should be the consistancy of wet cement, I don't know how else to describe it.

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          redglass Nov 18, 2004 09:54 AM

          how old is the egg salad? the deli egg salads are probably (hopefully!) made fresh daily. Time may be working against you.

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            Spiro Nov 18, 2004 10:10 AM

            Add salt at the point of eating. Not at the point of making.

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              texasmensch Nov 18, 2004 10:16 AM

              I had the exact same problem - here is the solution.

              1) Make sure you are only getting mustard and not the pre-mustard water. Or use dry mustard and mix with the mayo before mixing with egg salad.

              2) Make sure that the eggs are peeled and bone dry before slicing/chopping/grating.

              3) THIS IS REALLY THE KEY: Wash the celery ahead of time and then dry it completely. Chop the celery ahead of time on a chopping board. Drain off all of the excess water and then spread the celery thin and evenly over the chopping board (or onto a second if necessary) and then leave out for an hour or two. Some of the liquid will evaporate.

              This ought to do it.

              Also, refrigerators are naturally dehydrating. If after a day or two the egg salad gets a little damp (it shouldn't if you follow the above), spoon out excess water and then leave it uncovered in the refrigerator for a day or so. Mix it every few hours. It doesn't do wonders for your fridge smell, but it works.

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              1. re: texasmensch
                Chorus Girl Nov 19, 2004 10:59 AM

                It also might help if you use dry mustard rather than the prepared stuff.

              2. k
                kim shook Nov 18, 2004 09:04 PM

                Thank you so much everyone - I will try all the ideas, even - sigh - abandoning my beloved Miracle Whip ;)! Kim

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                1. re: kim shook
                  julesrules Nov 19, 2004 10:39 AM

                  Do you make sandwiches with it? If they're fresh-made you can always spread some MW on the bread. I only like MW with egg salad so I know where you are coming from. Another sweet add-in I like is sliced sweet pickles.

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                  Chuck Nov 20, 2004 09:37 PM

                  Forget Miracle Whip! Ugh! Use mayo!

                  After the eggs have been cooked and peeled, remove the cooked yolks and mash the yolks with dry mustard, salt, pepper, paprika, etc. Add the mayo to this yolk mixture and make a thick paste. Then slice up the cooked whites and add your celery. This will keep the mixture from bleeding.

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