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Old 03-29-2006, 12:54 PM   #1
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Question Unhealthy Habit Question

I love... and I mean absolutely LOVE Meatball Subs. Whether I make them at home or go to a Pizza Shop...

One place that I recently started getting subs from no longer allows me to make them the way I like.

I started putting mayo on the bun BEFORE cooking/grilling the sub. I love the taste of the mayo soaking into the bun. For the past 2+ years I've been doing this and have never gotten sick. However, this place doesn't allow me to put the mayo on before grilling it stating that it is a health risk.

I was told (in the past) that Mayo doesn't spoil in heat, but it spoils when left *out* in the sun where it has more than just heat affecting it (you leave almost anything out it will spoil). But if you keep the mayo well kept before cooking it that it should be fine when baked/cooked/grilled. I have seen many-a recipe that includes mayo (Kraft even suggested it as an *alternative* to butter in Mac'N'Cheese, of course I only saw that on one box in my entire life).

So, the question is:
Is it bad to cook/bake/or in my case, grille Mayo/Miracle Whip? I figured since some Mayo recipies (that actually make mayo) have you cook it... and since I cook eggs all the time it'd be the same thing... as long as the mayo is in good shape to begin with.

Thank you for anyone with the answer. If it's a 50/50 split, I will keep doing my thing and then post when/if I ever get sick (and it being from the mayo not from the meat or tomato sauce which also have bad reputations).

Thanks,
TJ

P.S. I don't need any advice telling me how unhealthy this habit is... it's not a daily thing and I do keep myself well trim and eat fairly healthy... but everyone needs to indulge at times...

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Old 03-29-2006, 01:19 PM   #2
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I don't eat mayo so I may be the wrong person to talk about this, but for what it is worth I think you are completely right in everything you have said.

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Old 03-29-2006, 01:24 PM   #3
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I heat my sandwiches with mayo in the microwave all the time, I'm not dead yet

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And if that is as unhealthy as you get, hah, I'm a lot worse than you, and you won't get any lectures here, that's for mom and dad

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Old 03-29-2006, 02:53 PM   #4
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of course you can cook mayo. there are lots of recipes that specify doing so including a lot of hot dips etc.

THe issue would be mayo left out at the sub shop, and insufficient cooking time to kill accumulated bacteria, then travel time home and cooling etc. I can see why a shop may not want to do it for you, but certainly making them at home should be no problem as you have control of the environment.

go ahead...cook it.
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Old 03-29-2006, 03:39 PM   #5
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I love mayo on meatball and pizza subs also and people think i'm nuts, it's nice to know i'm not the only "weirdo" that enjoys that!
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Old 03-29-2006, 03:44 PM   #6
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If the mayo in the sub shop is good for a cold sub, heating it as you want will not make it bad.

I often coat swordfish with mayo then grill it. There is no cooking in the mayo making process but heat does not make it toxic.
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Old 03-29-2006, 03:54 PM   #7
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there's a sammich shop near my job that puts mayo on everything, cold or hot, and no one has gotten sick yet.
if you don't want mayo, you have to tell them several times before they slice the roll.
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Old 03-29-2006, 06:38 PM   #8
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I have seen recipes for Mayonnaise cake - mayo is added to the mix and baked. Another I recall is a chicken recipe, where the chicken is coated w mayo, rolled in crumbs and baked. A sub shop here called Subway - will put anything on a bun - hot or cold.
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Old 03-29-2006, 10:05 PM   #9
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I've seen recipes that use mayo on chicken to make the breading stick and that chicken does get cooked.
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Old 03-31-2006, 07:01 PM   #10
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You can put mayo in hot dips crab cakes and so forth
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