Have you ever read the ingredients on the mayonnaise you buy from the grocery store? There is a lot of stuff that kind of makes me feel gross when I read it. I know mayonnaise in general is probably not the healthiest choice, but let’s be real, it’s delicious. What if I told you that you could make your own mayonnaise in less than 5 minutes with much healthier, more natural ingredients? You probably wouldn’t believe me. But it can be done and it tastes SO good that you will never buy it from the grocery store again.
HERE IS WHAT YOU NEED FOR A BASIC MAYONNAISE:
- 1 glass jar, which you will use to both make and store the mayo. Make sure that you use a tall, narrow jar with an opening that’s just wide enough to accommodate your immersion blender. I used a 500ml Mason jar like the one in the pictures.
- An immersion blender. That’s the magic tool that will make your mayonnaise come together.
- 1 egg (large or extra large)
- 1 c. Extra Light Tasting Olive Oil (must be light tasting, full flavour is way too strong tasting for mayonnaise)
- The juice of half a lemon or lime (about 2-3 tsp.)
- A generous pinch of salt
First, crack your egg into the jar (it can be used right from the fridge, doesn’t have to be room temperature).
Next, add your lime (or lemon) juice and a pinch of salt.
Pour in a cup of light tasting olive oil and let sit for a minute or two so that the egg settle back to the bottom of the jar.
Insert your immersion blender and push it all the way to the bottom of the jar.
Push the power button and do not move the blender for a full 20 seconds.
You will see the magic start to happen almost instantly!
The mayonnaise will start climbing to the top of the jar.
After 20 seconds, the mayonnaise will be almost all the way to the top. Now you want to slowly start raising the blender until you get to the very top. Do not take it completely out though, or you might send mayonnaise flying all over the place.
Continue blending for a few more seconds, moving the blender around slightly to make sure all of the oil is mixed in.
And there you have it. Delicious, creamy, healthy(ish) mayonnaise. Easy, right?
Put the lid on your jar and store it in the fridge like you would store bought. This seriously won’t last you long. You’ll be looking for excuses to eat mayonnaise!
We mix in garlic, lemon, and dill to dip sweet potato fries in. Darren likes to mix in some horseradish and use it on a sandwich. The possibilities are endless.