Sunday, 22 August 2010

my grandma's mayonnaise (adapted for a blendtec)

i confess, i like mayonnaise. i like it on sandwiches, in tuna, in certain salads (think macaroni or potato), deviled eggs etc. sometimes it even makes cakes better. there are a bunch of uses for mayo.

i'm pretty sure i acquired my taste for mayo at my grandma's house. i would spend much of my summers with her and she taught me to garden, make bread, make mayo, potato sausage, wine, you name it. my grandma really could make anything. we also sat around a played cards and drank coffee together. it was great fun.

i thought everyone made their own mayo for awhile, but then realized we bought ours. it was a totally different condiment. it didn't have much flavor. a few years ago i asked my grandma for her recipe and started making my own.

truth is, most the time i buy mayo, but when i run out and am in a crunch, or i just want it to be extra awesome, i make my own.

i made my own recently and thought i would share both the recipe and a short testimonial of how easy it is to make, and much cheaper . . . plus you never have that yucky feeling of wanting a sandwich but being out of mayo.

her recipe is a bit more complicated than what i'm posting. i don't know that it would work in my super intense blendtec home . . . so, if you have a vitamix or blendtec, don't fear . . . i've made the adjustments.

the recipe is basically:
1 raw egg (at room temp)
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cup oil (any type...corn, vegetable, canola)
helping of "salad herbs"
dash cayenne pepper
3 tablespoons lemon juice or vinegar (I like it with vinegar better)

Place egg, mustard, salt, cayenne pepper and 1/4 c. oil in blender and blend on low.

While the machine is blending, SLOWLY pour in another 1/2 c. oil. This is KEY because if you just dump it in, it just turns into liquid.

You may have to stop and scrape down the mayo. Add the lemon juice/vinegar and the remaining 1/2 c. oil. Blend until well combined.

Store in refrigerator, tightly covered.
let me know if you do it and it works for you. i'd like to know if people like this better than regular store bought.


Amy G. said...

1 raw egg?

teabelly said...

yeah, one raw egg

Lisa said...

Great recipe - I am just trying this in my blendtec today _ i always make it the food processor with a similar recipe to yours - I add some fresh garlic and white pepper - and leave out the yolk - whites are hard to digest raw - if you use lemon juice instead of vinegar and leave it in an airtight jar on the counter for a few hours - than you get fermented mayo - or cultured mayo - similar to yogurt - and it will keep longer in the fridge after this too
Lisa from Lisa's Counter Culture