Recipe: Homemade Mayonnaise

 

No more slowly drizzling oil for emulsifying. No more gmo-laden store bought mayonnaise. This is a winner!

I’ve been avoiding famous mayonnaise brands because they’re typically made from canola or soy oil, both products made from crops that are commonly genetically modified. I spent a small fortune on a “certified non-gmo” canola mayonnaise a couple of months ago, only to find it was terrible a really good replication of Miracle Whip. NOT what I was looking for. So I started making my own, experimenting a bit with different ingredients until I found a combination that tasted like the spread we’re used to. Depending on your equipment, it can take from 60 seconds to 15 minutes, start to finish. There is a certain margin of error with the need to emulsify the ingredients, but using a room temperature egg really seems to increase the rate of success. Out of the dozen or so batches I’ve made, all but one have emulsified into a nice thick spread. The one that didn’t emulsify? Was turned into a splendid salad dressing.

Make your own mayonnaise

  • 1 egg at room temperature (this is critical)
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar (I use Bragg’s)
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon-style mustard (you’re making your own, right??)
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 cup extra light olive oil

With an immersion blender (I use this one): Pour the oil directly into a quart sized, wide mouth canning jar to the one-cup mark (no measuring cup to wash). Add remaining ingredients. With the blade portion of the blender sitting at the bottom of the jar, pulse two or three times, then hold power on while moving the blender up and down in the jar. You’ll have nice, thick mayo within 30 seconds.

In a blender: Add all ingredients except the oil to the blender container. Turn machine on (I use a medium low speed on my Vitamix) and s l o w l y pour in the oil through the feed tube. I mean drip by drip. Or at the very least, the thinnest stream you can possibly pour without adding it drip by drip. Adding the oil slowly is the key to emulsification. It should take about 10 minutes to add the oil.

In a food processor: Many food processors have a feature that most people (uh, me, until a few weeks ago) don’t even know about. The little push tube? Look to see if it has a hole in its base. This is for slowly adding oil! So, same drill as above – all ingredients except oil go into the food processor bowl. Put lid in place, turn the machine on and pour the oil into the push tube; it will regulate the flow of oil. It’s easier on the arms, faster because of the steady oil stream instead of my hit and miss pouring, and easier to get all the mayo.

Note: The recipe makes a little more than a cup of mayonnaise and lasts a week or so in the fridge.

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  • Brette ,

    I’ve made my own in the past and it really is not hard to do. I haven’t done it in a while but probably should do it regularly to avoid the icky stuff.

    • Kris Bordessa ,

      Best Foods will keep forever and is an easy “pantry” item. With this, I find I make it as I need it. It’s definitely a habit to get into making it, but I’ve been pretty consistent!

  • I used to make mayonnaise when I lived in France. I admire you for putting in the extra time and effort. What I would like to know is whether the small amount of GMOs in canola oil will do damage to my intestines if I am careful with all the other stuff I eat. Do you know the answer to this question?

  • I used to make my own in the food processor…found it easier all around than using the blender. I can’t tell you how long it has been since we’ve even used ANY mayo! Since we’re not eating sandwiches very often (cutting w a y back on bread), we’ve stopped using mayo. When I do make sandwiches or wraps I am using/spreading just a thin layer of my own salad dressings on the bread or the tortillas. I didn’t think we could live w/o mayo but we have! (oh, and BLAH!, I hate the taste of Miracle Whip ;-)

    • Kris Bordessa ,

      Ugh, that Miracle Whip. (We don’t make many sandwiches, either, but I use it for salad dressings and potato salad.)

  • April ,

    I’ve been making my own for a few years and have some tips. A very important factor is to make sure none of your ingredients is cold or your mayo won’t emulsify. The warm side of room temp is best. So that egg needs to sit out of the fridge for a bit to warm up. I actually use powdered eggs bc it’s so convenient and they are pasteurized, which is important to people who don’t raise their own chickens (I personally wouldn’t eat a raw egg from the grocery store, which is why I raise my own).

    I’ve tried it in the blender (I have a blendtec) but it’s not my favorite way to make it. It’s too hard to get it out. I love doing it in my food processor. I never knew that about the hole in the bottom! But to regulate my oil stream I bought one of those condiment bottles at a kitchen store for a dollar I will have to try the hole in my pusher next time.

    I use the super light olive oil. You can’t taste it.

    Mine keeps in the fridge forever as long as it doesn’t end up in the too cold part of the fridge that freezes sometimes. I keep it in the door in a mason jar to keep it safe. Freezing will make the mayo break (separate), which can be fixed. Any acid works fine, like white vinegar or lemon juice. The only difference is taste preference.

    I use mustard powder just bc that’s what I like. I also add a touch of raw organic sugar. Probably a 1/2 tsp to your recipe.

    • Kris Bordessa ,

      Thanks for all that, April! I’m with you on the food processor being more convenient than the blender. I love my VitaMix, but my one complaint is all the bumps in the container – too hard to get every last drop!

  • I’ve had amazing experiences making my own mayo, and I’ve also failed miserably at it. Maybe b/c the ingredients were too cold? Thanks for the tips Kris (and April)!

  • Sheryl ,

    Never realized making mayo was so easy – thanks for the recipe!

  • This sounds very good. Do you know what the fat content is?

    • Kris Bordessa ,

      Heather, no, I don’t have nutritional data on this.

  • I’ve never tried to make my own mayo. I can do a decent salad dressing now and then. Oh, and I have made jelly / jam / marmalade, but that’s a whole other thing.

  • Quite aside from the evil ingredients, the world seems to be divided between the Miracle Whip people and the Best Foods people. It’s as bad as Ohio State (YAY!) vs. Michigan (BOO!) Home made is indubitably better and why don’t I make it more often? Uh, lazy is the word that comes to mind.

  • merr ,

    I’ve often wondered how this was made from scratch. Thanks for the insights.

  • This looks like a pretty easy recipe, I will have to give it a try!

  • Freth ,

    We use a Cuisinart Smart Stick blender … just put all the ingredients in a pint jar, put the blender in to the bottom, turn it on, and as it begins emulsifying you slowly bring the blender up through the mixture and out the top as it all turns to mayo. Only takes about 30 seconds to make it this way.

    • Bebe ,

      Ditto. Except my stick blender is just a cheap Hamilton Beach hand-me-down from a friend. This method works like a charm EVERY time and it is super fast. I would never go back to any other way.

    • April ,

      I’m completely fascinated by this. So you don’t drizzle the oil? And I could make it in the wide mouth mason jar I intend to store it in anyway? Easier? Faster? Far less cleanup? My head is spinning :). Now I wish I didn’t already have a fresh batch in the fridge so I could try this. I’m going to have to use up my mayo so I can make some more :)

    • Jen ,

      This is the way I do it and I’ve never had a failed batch. Store it right in the jar I made it in. It’s easy and delish.

      Here’s video that shows it. Scroll down and watch. Easy!

      http://www.seriouseats.com/2011/10/the-food-lab-homemade-mayo-in-2-minutes-or-le.html

      • April ,

        I just wanted to share my experiment with everyone. I decided to try using the immersion blender method instead of the food processor. I used my own recipe with the powdered whole eggs (that works like a dream in my food processor), and for whatever reason, it does not work with the immersion blender. I tried it twice and no dice. Then I took my double failed mixture and used fresh egg yolks and it worked right away. I put the egg yolks in another jar and poured the failed batch on top so the blender would be pulling the oil into the eggs. I thought I’d share that in case anyone had ended up trying it with powdered eggs. I’m a convert! This is so fast and WAY fewer dishes to wash. I’m making it in the mason jar I intend to store it in. Can’t beat that! Thanks to those that shared it!

  • Karma Michele ,

    What if I wanted to go vegan? Thanks for the recipe, always wanted to make my own. ;)

  • Paulette in Idaho ,

    For gourmet mayo, save that t. of water until all the oil is emulsified and add it at the last moment. Your spread will not look or taste oily because there is a microscopic layer of water around each oil drop.
    I haven’t made mayo for years, but the best batch ever was made within an hour of the hen laying that egg. For those of you with chickens, it’s worth listening for the cackle.
    I use grapeseed oil for other cooking and glad to hear this was good. Now that I have a stick blender, this should be really fun.

    • Kris Bordessa ,

      Interesting – I’ll have to try adding the water later!

  • I’m going to have to give this a try–I have wondered how to best use that little tube feeder on my Cuisinart. Sometimes as a substitute for mayo I used pureed white beans. You can still add a bit of mustard for flavor.

  • Kris,
    you post are always interesting and you have such a great community of people who comment too. thanks for this. and my question: how demanding would it be to make by hand –that is without a belnder or food processot?

  • j ,

    Do you have to use the olive oil? Can I substitute coconut oil?

    • Kris Bordessa ,

      I’ve not tried coconut oil, but my mantra is “What would happen if…?” If it doesn’t emulsify, you can always use it as a salad dressing.

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