do I know if my Cains products are fresh?
tartar sauce and sandwich spread items are
coded with a "Best When Used by Date" which is printed on
the label or on the glass just above the label. To ensure the
freshest tasting product we recommend usage by this date.
If stored under proper conditions (i.e. refrigeration), the
product is fine to use after this date, although the product is
past its peak flavor. All of Cains salad dressings are coded
with a "Best when Purchased by Date". The product can be
consumed a couple of months after this, however it is at the
end of its shelf life and past its peak flavor.
How should I store Cains products?
products can be stored in the cupboard until opened,
unless otherwise stated on the package. Once opened, we
recommend refrigeration to maintain peak flavor. Products
should not be exposed to high temperatures, which will cause the
product to lose its fresh flavor more rapidly. Exposure to
freezing temperatures is not recommended and may cause the
product to separate and develop an unusual texture.
Are Cains products Gluten free?
our products are gluten free, however certain ingredients
are often cause for concern. Our distilled vinegar, and our oils
(soybean and canola) are gluten free, as are all of our products
containing starch. Our relish, which we use in Thousand Island
dressing and our tartar sauces, is also gluten free. Most of
Cains salad dressings are gluten free, except for those
containing soy sauce or wheat. We recommend you read the
ingredient statements on the label for any ingredient which may
be of concern. Specific product questions should be directed to
our technical department.her
are Cains products sold?e
Cains products sold?
are distributed in all major supermarkets
throughout New England and in the Upstate New York area.
Although Cains would like to have each of the items we
manufacture in all supermarkets, it is up to the
individual chain stores to decide which items and sizes
they carry. That is why you may go to one supermarket
and find a particular salad dressing flavor offered,
while at a neighboring supermarket it is not available.
Does mayonnaise cause food poisoning?
mayonnaise and mayonnaise dressings are
prepared using pasteurized eggs that are free of Salmonella
and other types of bacteria. Ingredients in the product
such as vinegar and lemon juice provide a high acid
environment, which slows or prohibits entirely the growth
of these types of bacteria. Salt, another ingredient in
commercial mayonnaise also acts to quell the growth of
bacteria. Many of the foods used with mayonnaise such as
tuna, ham, chicken and potatoes are more prone to bacterial
contamination than mayonnaise itself. When preparing these
foods, it is important to use proper food handling and
Why did I think mayonnaise was a cause for food poisoning?
a myth that was started years ago when people made
homemade mayonnaise. Homemade mayonnaise was prepared
using unpasteurized eggs which today we know can be
contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. Also, homemade
formulas, quite often did not use the proper levels of salt
and vinegar to combat bacterial growth. With the
introduction of commercial mayonnaise, consumers have a
safe alternative to homemade formulas.
If I forget to refrigerate my mayonnaise for a period
of time must I dispose of it?
food safety standpoint, it is perfectly fine to keep
commercial mayonnaise once opened, stored at room temperature.
However, from a quality standpoint, mayonnaise retains its
flavor best when stored in the refrigerator once opened.
Therefore, we recommend that once opened the product is
stored in the refrigerator to maintain its best flavor.