Some may be thinking, “You can MAKE mayo??”. Why yes, it’s easy, you most likely have all the ingredients, and it takes about 2 minutes. And best of all, it’s like soft, billowy, tart and satisfying, addicting, little cream-colored clouds from Heaven. Seriously. I’ve not bought mayo since the first time I made it. Trust me, you won’t either!
- 2 raw egg yolks (**many sources say children, the elderly, those who are pregnant, and those with compromised immune systems should not consume raw eggs**)
- 1 tsp Dijon mustard
- 1 TBSP lemon juice
- 1TBSP vinegar (use the good stuff as there are few ingredients and it will really stand out); for a bit less of a tang, use 2 tsp vinegar or try different vinegars depending on what you’re using it for.
- 1/8 tsp honey (in other words, a tiny little blob)
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 1.5 cups extra light tasting olive oil (or any combination of oils–I’ve even used a few TBSP of bacon fat for BLTs or a little bit of walnut oil to use in almond-tarrragon chicken salad).
- Cracked pepper to taste (or any other herb you’d like; they’re entirely optional)
- Wide mouth pint-sized mason jar
- Immersion blender (I’ve used both the Cuisinart and the Bamix and both work well)
- Put all the ingredients into the jar, pouring the oil in gently. Llet the eggs settle to the bottom (important).
- Immerse the blender with the head all the way to the bottom (important so emulsification occurs).
- Pulse blender and ‘clouds’ should start to form after 5-7 pulses. After clouds form, and only after, you can begin to move the stick blender upward, still pulsing. The ingredients should be emulsified within about 30-45 seconds (take your time if you need to–better too slow than too fast). Do not over-process.
- Once all the oil is incorporated, you can give a few swirls with the blender to create some thickness, but don’t overdo it. Err on the side of too little so as not to cause separation.
- Put a lid on and store in the refrigerator. I’ve used mine for as much as two weeks but it usually doesn’t stick around that long in my house!