My Top Condiments
Pretty much everyone has a couple shelves on their fridge door of condiments. Jars of mayonsiade or or bottles of ketchup or - in this neck of the woods, anyway - giardiniera.
For some items, people may not hone in on one brand. With other items, it has to be a specific brand.
Here are some of the items you'll often find on my fridge door:
I highly recommend paying a visit to this shop that dates back to the 1870's in downtown Three Oaks, Michigan. They also have awesome ham and their jerky dip is the best.
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Hellman's has been my mayo of choice since I was introduced to it as a teen by my mother-in-law. Growing up, my parents always used Miracle Whip. I thought that was the only option. But when I started dating my husband, I loved my mother-in-law's potato salad and she always used Hellman's. I learned how much better sandwiches taste, too, with Hellman's mayo on them. I've tried a few others - most recently Sir Kensington and Duke's, but am still a fan of Hellman's and prefer it. I do sometime use a squeeze bottle of Kraft Reduced-Fat Mayo with Olive Oil, when I want to feel a little healthier.
I had been pretty loyal to Heinz Ketchup for decades. That's what we usually had growing up at home. And then maybe 5 or so years ago, my dad said, "Have you tried Rold Gold ketchup? It's really good." Some local restaurant had it on the tables and he decided he liked it better than Heinz and started buying it. The next time we went to that restaurant, I tried it and agreed with Dad that it was pretty good. Now you'll usually find either Rold Gold or Heinz in my fridge.
When I want to be brave and have a little hot giardiniera, I usually have some of this in the fridge. I tried it at a food festival and it's good stuff - especially on one of their beef sandwiches. And because my husband and sons like hot stuff, I have to keep the hot version on hand.
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I love a stacked ham sandwich on wheat or grain bred, with a slice of cheese, a smear of mayo and a few of these pickles. Whenever I've had to pack myself a lunch when going on a field trip with my kids or when I have done substitute teaching, that's usually the kind of sandwich I pack. And no, it can't be the little round pickles. It has to be these sandwich slices. They taste better. ;)
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