Salad dressing, mayonnaise, regular

Fun Facts

  1. Salad dressings were made from scratch in home kitchens until the turn of the nineteenth century when restaurant owners began packaging and selling their own dressings.
  2. The Kraft Cheese Company entered the salad dressing industry in 1925; its first flavor was french, an oil and vinegar-based dressing flavored with tomato and paprika.
  3. The primary ingredient in salad dressing is oil. In the United States, soybean oil is the most common type used in the production of salad dressings. Olive, peanut, and sunflower oils may also be used.
  4. Stabilizers and thickeners, such as modified food starch, are mixed with the oil. The thickeners develop viscosity and protective colloid characteristics that help to prevent the breakdown of the blend during the various processing steps.
  5. The salad dressing industry is constantly creating new and so-called improved flavors. Low fat and non-fat varieties are of particular interest to the consumer. The larger companies have food laboratories on site.
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