Cilantro...Miracle Whip...What?

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Cilantro...Miracle Whip...What?

 Somewhere in the world a recent study was conducted to see if the aversion that some folks have to cilantro is nature or nurture.  Turns out that there are certain ethnicities who do have a substantially higher percentage of people who just  dislike the stuff (my husband has that gene).  

  So here is where Miracle Whip gets tied into this subject. I'm just curious as to how many foodies like and use MW.  Is it just me?  Do I have Miracle Whip avoidance gene?  Why is this stuff on the planet?

   

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Cilantro is OK to me.

 

Miracle Whip is, umm, not a taste I enjoy.  I mayo my sammies but my wife/kids MW them.  I push the MW to the back of the fridge and they push my mayo to the back.  It is a cold war of sorts!

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MW is nostalgia food for me. It's what my family ate when I was a kid. Every so often I get a yen for it and have to have some, but I don't keep it around.  It's like my once a year orange soda craving (usually around Memorial Day weekend).

 

Cilantro is fine.

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I personally can't stand miracle whip. Something about the taste and texture is just off putting.

 

Cilantro is awesome.

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I love cilantro and Miracle Whip, although I've never tried them together.

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I prefer Mayo but MW will do in a pinch.

 

There is a school of thought that the dislike of cilantro is a genetic trait.  Depending on this gene cilantro will either taste fresh and herbaceous or it will taste soapy and perfumed.

 

It turns out that you can convert from soapy to herby by simply exposing your palate to more and more cilantro.  I myself have learned to enjoy cilantro after once hating the stuff.  I couldn't imagine tacos or bahn mi without the fresh tang of cilantro.

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There is a genetic component of taste.

 

I did some extensive research (yes, I Googled “genetics and taste”...) and came up with lots of references to real studies on the subject.

 

On the other hand, most of the things I disliked as a kid I like now. The one exception was bittersweet chocolate. I used to call it bittersweet chocolate. Now I call it a regiment of antioxidants. Sounds healthier... and is. My grandmother and her bittersweet chocolate cake was on to something... :)

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@ Jacob.....cilantro & MW scones? Guacamole? Ewwww, lol.

@ Limey, thanks for the info.  Maybe I can convert my hubby to a cilantro guy.

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Zalbar stated my opinion exactly.

 

To reword it: I can't live without cilantro and I can't live WITH Miracle Whip.

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I'm with enilorac, MW was something that I grew up having on my sandwich as well as the base for things like macaroni and potato salad, so I still use it quite often.  If that makes me less of a foodie, so be it. 


I do like mayo as well.

 

LOVE cilantro. 

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In the "decoding Ferran Adria" episode of no reservation, when Tony visits el Taller, they all have a taste of a clear liquid substance... some of them taste nothing at all and some of them taste something extremely bitter...

 

I've come to accept that we all have a different interpretation of certain tastes. Some tastes might be acquirable but I think that some of them will remain inaccessible to certain.

 

And for the record, I love cilantro and HATE MW! Every time I'm served a sandwich with MW instead of mayo, I die a little inside...

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Wowzers! So much hate for the MW. Stay tuned for my upcoming 30 part video series, "In Defense of Miracle Whip."

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ok ok maybe I'm getting a little carried away but my main problem is that I've been served miracle whip too often when asking for mayonnaise... and that's not acceptable!

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Sorry but I see this as a Coke vs Pepsi argument.

 

I like and use both (MW and Hellmans). I actually prefer the lower oil content and added sugar of MW for sammies. 

 

If Chef Jacob doesn't bite, then I really think this is something I would like to see Penn and Teller tackle, like they did with bottled water for those who think bottled water is better too. ;-)

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What is miracle whip, Just a brand of mayonnaise?

 

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http://www.neatorama.com/2006/12/22/whats-the-difference-miracle-whip-vs-mayonnaise/ 

 

Basically, there are those who love the mayo mixed with sweet thing, and others who don't.  I don't care for it, but there are some top gun foodies who love it.  And now that we know who they are, we can make fun of them!  devil  

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That product isnt in england, and personally doesn't make any sense to me, a sweet mayonnaise, why would you want that? 

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Not just sweet, but tangy as well. There's another sweet and tangy emulsion that resembles mayonnaise that we all know and love; cole slaw dressing. While MW and cole slaw dressing are different animals, their over-all concept is the same.

 

My sous chef and I have had screaming matches (albeit friendly) regarding the virtues of Miracle Whip. I'm for it, he's against it, and it usually ends in vicious name calling and me threatening to revoke his "White Trash Credentials." Which is silly, because my Sous is the Grand Master of White Trash Comfort Food, (fish stick casseroles, velveta cheese, taco salad casserole etc), yet he doesn't like Miracle Whip. Go figure.

 

What's funny though is I wasn't raised on Miracle Whip, my family always used regular mayonnaise. I came to Miracle Whip later in life, and while I still enjoy mayonnaise on my sandwich, sometimes a little MW is just what the doctor ordered.

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> Sorry but I see this as a Coke vs Pepsi argument.

 

Actually, I'd consider it more of a Beef Wellington vs. hot dog argument.

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> Actually, I'd consider it more of a Beef Wellington vs. hot dog argument.

 

Well now that depends. wink

 

Hot dogs purchased at the local grocery chain I will agree with. A hand made, old fashioned hot dog that is made from beef with no offal, lightly smoked, are oh so good. And it needs yellow mustard as a condiment, not that Grey Poupon stuff. laugh

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@ Jacob,  Funny that you should mention the cole slaw dressing in defense of MW.  You see...I HATE sweet cole slaw dressing!!  I prefer mayo with a little rice wine vinegar, or mayo with apple cider vinegar.

@ skflyfish,  I've never had a homemade hot dog.  That would be incredible.  Hve you ever made them?  If so let's get another thread going.

 

@ Chris, you asked "why would you want that?" Exactly!  Welcome my brother to the best foodie site...bar none.

 

 

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I guess that's why I like Miracle Whip, because I would take a dirty water hot dog with all the fixings over a Beef Wellington any day.

 

This, however, is what makes the food world go 'round.

 

Unless you don't like sweet cole slaw dressing, then you're just crazy! ;-) To clarify though, a sweet cole slaw dressing without a sufficient amount of sourness is awful stuff. Like anything else, it needs to be properly balanced. I also always make my cole slaw dressing from scratch, because Mayo tastes to "Mayonnaisey" in cole slaw dressing. This is something that I will shoot a video on.

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@Nina, sorry I have not made them. Here is where I get them. Just a small, out of the way butcher shop that does everything very well.

 

@Chef, do you add horseradish to your cole slaw? If so, what type? To me, it just isn't cole slaw without horseradish. ;-) My Czech horseradish is in its second season and isn't hot ..... yet.

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I am totally taking the hot dog over the Wellington. I would like my hot dog the way they make 'em for Cape League baseball on Cape Cod, with the bun buttered and toasted before I slather horseradish mustard all along it.

 

I also forgot the one place where MW always reigns supreme: the deviled egg. Always with MW and Coleman's mustard, with the rest of the ingredients variable.

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I usually don't put horseradish in my cole slaw because I tend take a more Asian approach. I start by making a homemade mayonnaise in my blender, adding a good glug of rice wine vinegar and some lime juice, a spoonful or two of sambal, sesame oil, white soy and a few dashes of fish sauce for my salt and enough sugar to balance the whole thing out.

 

I then shred up the usual suspects (napa cabbage, carrots, celery, red onion, seeded cucumber), add some finely sliced green onions along with sesame and poppy seeds and mix in the cole slaw dressing.

 

I just got a notice from the FDA the other day saying that I have to label my Asian Slaw as an addictive substance. My lawyers are fighting it in court. ;-)

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Hot dog over beef Wellington? Have I stepping into the bizzaro cooking forum?

 

Anyways... I am happy to see that most people here do acknowledge the fact that mayonnaise and miracle whip don't taste the same. That is the most important thing I want everyone to know... If I happen to ask for mayonnaise with my fries or sandwich and you have miracle whip... please don't give me miracle whip... just say, "I'm sorry, I don't have any mayonnaise but I do have miracle whip if you like it" no biggie... just don't bother bringing me any... my taste buds are clinically proven to hate the stuff.

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@ Chef, yes please post that dressing.  

@ Skflyfish, Mac's Meats looks like my kind of store.

 

  Beef Wellington vs. Hotdog?  I could go either way depending on my mood.....but the bun needs to be fresh!.......and Jacob, you had better not sneak any Miracle Whip into the duxelles!

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Chicago style hot dog any day!

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@skflyfish: Actually, your reply further proves my point of opting for quality over something made from who knows what.  I guess their name is just truth in advertising: it would take a miracle for that whip to be anything like real mayonnaise!

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@Lab: You know I think that's the crux of the whole thing. I've been comparing miracle whip to mayonnaise when I should have been putting it into it's own separate (preferably sealed off) category.

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Jacob, I made your Asian slaw last night as I had all of the "usual suspects" in the house.

Absolutely delicious! 

I hope that you have some good lawyers, the FDA can be tough.

Thank you,

Nina

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