Original Old Family Recipe


I was listening to a commercial for a restaurant chain and happened to have a container of what they said was “an old family recipe” for Tartar Sauce.

Here are the ingredients

Soybean oil, water,sweet relish, (cured?)cucumbers,high fructose corn syrup, onion salt, vinegar,red bell peppers,xanthum gum, polysorbate, sodium benzoate,potassium sorbate,natural flavors, polysorbate 80,turmeric,egg yolks,dill relish,green olives, pimentos,capers,pepper, mustard bran,lactic acid, guar gum, calcium disodium, and EDTA,

Can’t you just picture a white-haired grandma standing by the wood stove, lovingly and carefully measuring out polysorbate 80 and guar gum with a home-made wooden spoon, and then folding them carefully, gently and lovingly into a rich velvety batter of high fructose corn syrup and lactic acid. Waiting to the very end of the recipe to add some xanthum gum for that special old fashioned home-made flavor.

I have heard that a follow-up ad campaign will feature the tag line, ” No Tartars were injured in the making of this sauce. or perhaps “our sauce is Tartar free.”

What is a cured cucumber and what are the differences between polysorbate,polysorbate 80 and potassium sorbate?

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About safrisri

I was a school teacher until retirement. I have taught at all educational levels from pre-school to college. My college degree is general science which I arrived at after 5 years and 5 different majors. A degree as it turns out, almost as valuable and in demand as one in Neo-Bulgarian Mythology. I have been around education for around 40 years and can remember when teaching was a pleasant, happy and creative job and our schools were the same. Now I'm the guy sitting on the porch with an opinion on everything.
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