Thursday, July 28, 2011

Homemade Mayonnaise

Mayonnaise is probably one of the most popular condiments used by most people.  Until, that is, you clean up your diet by deciding to eat Paleo.  Many of the purchased mayonnaise have soybean oil, sugar and emulsifiers that have a negative impact on our health - and, yes, this includes the "lite" versions of mayonnaise.

No need to worry, you can still enjoy your tuna/egg salads or deviled eggs by making your own mayonnaise. It's easier than you think and fun to make different types of mayonnaise.

Use regular olive oil for this recipe. The virgin and extra virgin oil gives the mayonnaise an almost tangy/bitter taste that most people do not like. Regular olive oil works best.

This recipe will make about 2 cups of mayonnaise that can be put in a covered container and placed in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. The best part? With quality ingredients, the impact on your health is no longer negative.


2 eggs
2 cups olive oil (not virgin, not extra virgin - just plain ol' olive oil)
2 tablespoon vinegar (I use coconut, but you can use apple cider as well!)
1 teaspoon yellow mustard
1 teaspoon (or less) sea salt

In a blender or food processor, add the eggs, vinegar, and mustard and blend until well mixed (30-40 secs.).

Leaving the blender running, remove plug on top of blender cover (or just use opening on food processor)and add olive oil SLOWLY...SLOWLY!! I cannot emphasize enough that SLOW is KEY! A thin slow drizzle is best in order to get the mixture to thicken.

Remember the old adage: "Patience is a virtue"??
You need to have PATIENCE here and not dump a bunch of olive oil quickly simply because you want to finish fast. Patience pays off! When the mixture is thickened (about halfway through blending process), you can then begin to add olive oil a bit quicker, but still not dumping the rest of the olive oil fast. Once all the olive oil is in and the mayonnaise is thickened, turn blender off and add salt. Blend again for a few seconds.
Here's where you can let your creative juices flow...
You can add just about any spice to your mayonnaise to make a tasty spread, sauce or dip. Garlic, basil, dill, onion, hot sauce, curry, smoked paprika, cayenne. Go crazy!

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