It may seem like a waste of time and effort to be making your own mayonnaise at home. You can go to any food store and pick up a jar of it, so why make it yourself?
Well, the main reason that people choose to use homemade mayo is that the store-bought stuff can be unhealthy. Making it at home with organic ingredients is a perfect way to be sure of what’s going into your body.
So is Mayonnaise Unhealthy?
Eating mayo isn’t the same thing as eating junk food, but when eaten in large servings, it is known to lead to some health issues that should be avoided.
Mayonnaise is full of saturated fats, which are thought to lead to a higher risk of heart disease. There are about 1.6 grams of saturated fats in one serving. That’s a pretty large number for just a bit of mayonnaise.
Besides that, mayonnaise is very high in calories. In fact, there are 94 calories in just 1 tablespoon of mayo.
Finally, most mayonnaise is made with soybean oil, and while soybean oil is mostly fine for home cooking, when eaten in high volumes, it can lead to obesity.
So, making mayo at home, with organic produce, low-calorie ingredients, and healthier oils has great health benefits.
To make healthy, homemade mayonnaise, you need a few things before you get started. Firstly, instead of using soybean oil, use either safflower, avocado, sweet almond, or light olive oil when making your own homemade mayonnaise.
Another important ingredient to take note of is what type of eggs you use. I recommend using organic, pasteurized eggs. Pasteurized eggs are less likely to give you salmonella, and since mayonnaise contains uncooked eggs, it’s safer to use pasteurized eggs than not.
Finally, you need a stand or hand mixer, or food processor to help stiffen the mayo once the ingredients are combined. You can choose to hand whisk, but it’ll be arm-aching work.
This food processor is just what you’ll need for making the perfect mayo consistency. The fact that the individual sections snap and lock in place is perfect for staying safe and preventing food from exploding everywhere (it has happened to the best of us). Plus, it’s not even that pricey.
Any similar food processor or high power blender will do the trick as well. And again, if you’ want to hand whisk the mayo, be prepared for a sore arm.
Homemade Mayonnaise Recipe
Now, let’s get to the recipe! This mayonnaise is super easy to make, and doesn’t take long either.
You Will Need…
- 1 large room temperature egg
- ¾ tablespoon Dijon mustard
- ¾ tablespoon white wine vinegar
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
- 1 cup oil of your choice
- Salt to taste
Step 1 – Combine ingredients. Whisk the egg until completely scrambled, then add in the mustard, lemon juice, and vinegar. Mix these together until everything is perfectly dispersed.
Step 2 – Add in the oil. Now, add in the oil ¼ cup at a time slowly, making sure to continuously mix the mayonnaise as you do this. Continue until the mayonnaise is thick (about 10 minutes). Now you can taste it and add in any seasoning you want.
Step 3 – Cover and store. Put the mayonnaise into a covered container or jar and store in the fridge.
(This recipe makes about 1 cup of mayo)
Variations on Basic Mayo
Some people like to add in extra ingredients to make mayonnaise variations. Experimenting and adding in extra ingredients to plain mayo is a fun way to make new spreads and toppings.
To make aioli, just add in one finely minced garlic clove to the mixture before adding in the oil.
To make herb mayo, add in some parsley, dill, oregano, basil, tarragon, thyme, or any other herbs you think would go well in the mix.
To make honey mustard mayo, add in a tablespoon of honey before the oil.
Homemade mayonnaise is not something you get to enjoy every day, so serving this up at a picnic or lunch is sure to surprise friends and family.
Make sure to check out our other homemade condiment recipes!