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May 8, 2014 05:29 AM

What's up with the price of Mayonnaise?

I hate feeling like I got ripped off which happens almost every time I go in the grocery store. Today the local supermarket has Hellman's Mayonnaise 'on sale' for $3.99 per jar, reduced from $4.49. A 30 oz jar - not the old familiar 32 oz jar. This makes mayonnaise $15.96 per gallon, more than four times the price of gas locally ($3.39 per gallon). As far as I know, mayonnaise is just eggs & oil and some salt & spices; no exotic ingredients, nothing imported from the middle east, no insane labor intensive costs. So, is this just a company charging what it can? Anybody have a good recipe for a Hellman's knock off?

Ok - that's the end of today's rant.

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  1. The rise in price of Hellmanns mayo, and change of jar size, that you're talking about happened about five years ago. I still get it numerous times a year on sale for $2.99, usually with some kind of quantity cap. Wait a couple of weeks for Memorial Day and stock up.

    And no, I don't think there is any knockoff or home recipe that will duplicate Hellmanns exactly.

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    1. re: coll

      Coll, I agree and use the same strategy. When I see it on sale, I buy about 3 or four jars and lasts for at least 6 months. (Four people living in the household)

      1. re: PHREDDY

        Sometimes the limit is two, but if I'm back in the area later that week......what the heck!

      2. re: coll

        Agree completely. Also look for coupons. Often the Sunday inserts have coupons for $1 off the purchase of 2 jars, especially in lead up to holidays like Memorial Day, so that the net price is only $2.50 per jar you can find it on sale at $2.99.

      3. Exactly why I always chuckle when people complain about the price of gas. Compared to a lot of foods, $4 per gallon is cheap.

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        1. re: wadejay26

          Compared to most of the world, $4 a gallon is very cheap gasoline.

          1. re: wadejay26

            The problem is don't buy 17 gallons of mayonnaise at once. Every couple of weeks.

          2. And now the second ingredient is's not even the same quality as in years past. Stopped buying, make my own--no, it's not exactly the same but for the little we use, I will save the money.

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            1. re: gourmanda

              If you want to make it taste exactly like Hellman's, add a dollop of dijon mustard.

              1 egg yolk, pinch of salt, 1 tsp lemon juice, 1 tsp dijon mustard, 1-2 cups whatever oil you want.

            2. you are going to the wrong grocery stores and don't watch the real sales. $4.49 to $3.99 is hardly a "sale" in my book. now…onto the real crux:

              harris teeter has BOGO sales on hellman's and duke's at least once per quarter. giant also regularly has hellman's at @$2.99. safeway i don't shop at too much, because harris teeter has a lot of BOGO sales, and you don't have to buy TWO, only one at half-price. (unique among the stores).

              mayo sales are always best in front of holidays, so the next best time to stock up is probably next week, with memorial day (!) in the offing.

              check the weekly fliers. that's where to learn how to save $, buying what's on sale. mayo lasts in the pantry (unopened) for quite a while). once you get the hang of the sales-timing issues, you'll begin to save on lots of staples.

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              1. What's the price oil?