Whole30 advocated making your own mayo so you could use high quality oil and avoid all the mysterious ingredients you find in storebought mayo. (Stabilizers, emulsifiers, preservatives, sugar, etc etc.) At first it seemed like a lot of hassle, but once you get it down, it's pretty easy.
But the HUGE payoff was the taste. *That's* why I continue to make it. It's so much better - creamy, light, and fluffy. It makes a mean tuna salad, and I'm usually not a tuna salad kind of person. It tastes amazing by itself on a baked sweet potato. In short, it makes eating Paleo a heck of a lot easier.
|staring down the barrel of the blender|
Shalini says brown people don't like mayo, and totally dissed homemade. To that I say BOO! I'm brown and I love me some homemade mayo. :)
The recipe I use is from Melissa Joulwan's site (also included in her excellent Paleo cookbook Well Fed.) So far I've made it four times, and only had it fail once. But when it failed it was EPIC. Nasty looking and all separated. She says you can still use it, if you stir vigorously, but it was just too gross, so I threw that batch out. Life is too short and the ingredients too cheap.
Getting the egg-oil emulsion just right is a bit tricky but not as delicate as you might think. Problem is, if the emulsion breaks, you can't go back, so it's both stressful and rewarding to get it right.
Here are some additional tips, besides the excellent ones on the recipe:
- I've made it successfully with light olive oil as recommended, grapeseed oil, and even canola oil from Costco (I know, a Whole30 no-no but we had a ton of it in the house)
- It's pretty lemony, so use less
(or no)lemon juice if you prefer. Also be careful with the salt - I find that using less works better for me. **Note: Melissa (Queen of Mayo, *squee*!) left me a comment indicating that you need some acid to help the emulsion along, so you can sub apple cider vinegar instead.
- Meyer lemons make it a nice bright yellow, and provide a slightly different taste (YUM!)
- If you have a crappy blender like mine ($30 Target Osterizer), the blender will have a hard time mixing it once the magic emulsion happens. Have patience and DO NOT crank the blender to top speed - this is what ruined my last batch. I use it on medium to medium high speed, but once the emulsion forms, I DO NOT change it.
- You may have a bit of oil that doesn't get incorporated. That's fine. Better to stop there than try to get it all in, and have it FAIL. I find that just tipping the blender slightly will help the oil get down to the blades and get incorporated. Don't shake vigorously or bad things will happen.
- This is good for more than the normal applications for mayo. You can also use it as a base for salad dressings and sauces, too - Melissa's site has tons of options.
I know there are a bunch of you out there reading this skeptically, like it's way too much work for just *mayo*. But if you typically like mayonnaise, try this just once, and experience the bliss. You may never go back.