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04 January 2011

How to Make Mayonnaise from SCRATCH!

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You read that right...mayo from scratch!  I didn't know it could be done.
(I mean I knew it could be done, but I didn't know I could do it...)  Then I ran across this book I've been raving about.


...and then I learned how to make my own mayo.  It isn't nearly as hard as I thought and I LIKE it A LOT!  So far I've only used it in potato salad, and it is one of my favorite (TOTALLY BAD FOR YOU) wonderful dishes.


Here goes...you are going to need a few basic ingredients:
  Start with an egg (room temp!), 2 tsp lemon juice, 1 tsp kosher salt and 1/2 tsp of regular old mustard.
Dump them all into the bottom of a blender or food processor.


If I were more enterprising, I would have made my own mustard from ground mustard as well, but that is for another day (coming soon actually!)


Back to your blender.  Let it blend for at least 30 seconds-1 minute.  This is one of the most important parts!  The mixture must be fully blended before adding the oil.  When you do start adding the oil, go slow.  The mixture needs to emulsify and get nice and cloudy. 


Use a lighter oil like vegetable or canola for a traditional Mayo.  Experiment for more original versions.
Add in Tablespoons at a time until you've added around 1 cup and the mixture has gotten thick and looks like mayo!  Like this!


Now get to work on the potatoes...
Chop some yellow or red skinned potatoes into fairly large chunks!

Boil them until they are fork tender, drain in a colander and allow them to be cool enough to handle.


When they are coolish, peel the skins that are loose off.  This doesn't have to be perfect.  That is why you are using yellow or red potatoes!  I find that leaving all the skins on is a little too much, but a quick skinning AFTER boiling works quickly and easily.  Dump that lovely mayo all over the potatoes (I warned you it wasn't good for you!)


Add your favorite herbs and flavorings.  I added dill, a bit more salt, parsley, sometimes lemon...whatever floats your potato salad boat!

Mix it up!
Chill and Serve!

SHORT VERSION 
Mix a room temp egg, 2 tsp lemon juice, 1 tsp kosher salt and 1/2 tsp of regular old mustard.
Whisk in oil Tb at a time up to 1 cup.  (I do this in a blender)
Let it get nice and cloudy and thick!  DONE!

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11 COMMENTS:

Tufa Girl Tuesday, January 04, 2011  

Even better... I have one of the old fashioned jars where you add the ingredients and then use the metal plunger type top to mix the ingredients to mayo.

Tufa Girl Tuesday, January 04, 2011  

I have been having so much fun on your blogs. Beautiful photography. Thanks for the invite. Perhaps after I find that jar.

grace Tuesday, January 04, 2011  

I was a farm wife and use to make my own mayonnaise but you have me intrigued with this book so I lie to you not by saying I'm going to try and come back next week and buy it from your link.

allenaim photography and design Tuesday, January 04, 2011  

Tufa...what a sweet comment...I always hope someone will enjoy all this stuff :) I'm so glad to hear someone does!

Grace - thanks SO much! If you do buy the book, I don't think you would be disapointed. It's interesting and beautiful at the same time (and I think it's half price down to like $15 or so :)

Thank you both for reading and commenting...I truly appreciate it!

Kjerstin Thursday, January 06, 2011  

Okay, I'm totally doing this after I finish my bread...

Natalie Catherine Friday, January 07, 2011  

delicious!! i just almost grabbed up that book at borders. thats considered a date night for the hubby and i haha. we drop off one baby with friends and take the easily portable one with us. i might have to try this recipe!

It's a Keeper Friday, January 28, 2011  

Thanks for linking up to the It's a Keeper Thursday blog hop! I hope you come back next week and link something new!

Have a great weekend!

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Miz Helen Friday, March 04, 2011  

What a great recipe, I love food that is prepared from scratch. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and please come back!

Miz Helen Thursday, March 24, 2011  

Hi,
It is so good to see you today. I just love this recipe and I actually tried it out and it is very good. Thank you for sharing it with us today at Full Plate Thursday and hope to see you next week!

Heather SettingforFour Thursday, December 13, 2012  

Ohhh!! This looks so delish - I love potato salad! I'm featuring it tomorrow in my features Heirloom Linky Party Post!

Heather SettingforFour Friday, December 14, 2012  

Thanks girlie for sharing your yummy recipe - I am featuring you today here! http://www.settingforfour.com/2012/12/featuresholiday-heirloom-recipe.html

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