Making mayonnaise from scratch is a quick and easy process that can be completed in less than 5 minutes if done by hand. While some people have found success using a food processor, I find that making it by hand gives me a sense of accomplishment and a little arm exercise. Here’s a simple recipe to make your own delicious mayonnaise at home.
How to Make Mayonnaise
- 1 cup of cooking oil (I recommend using sunflower oil for its light color and taste)
- 2 pinches of white sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon of dry mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt
- 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon of white vinegar (or herbal vinegar for added flavor, see recipe below)
- 1 egg yolk (at room temperature)
- 2 bowls
In one bowl, combine the vinegar and lemon juice. Stir well to create a vinegar mix.
In the other bowl, add the egg yolk, salt, dry mustard, and sugar. Stir until thoroughly mixed, ensuring a thick consistency.
Pour half of the vinegar mix into the bowl with the egg yolk mixture. Stir to combine.
Slowly drizzle the cooking oil into the mixture while whisking at a steady pace. Continue whisking until half of the oil is blended in. Avoid pouring the oil too quickly, as this can lead to a liquidy consistency.
Once half of the oil is incorporated, add the remaining vinegar mix. Keep stirring at a constant pace while drizzling in the rest of the oil.
After all the oil has been added, you should have a creamy and fluffy mayonnaise. This homemade mayonnaise can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a week.
If you prefer a garlic-flavored mayonnaise, you can use a homemade herbal vinegar instead of regular white vinegar. Here’s how to make it:
In a mason jar, add 6 cloves of garlic, 4 heaping tablespoons of dried basil, and 3 tablespoons of black peppercorns.
Fill the jar with white vinegar and let it sit for a while. The herbal vinegar will develop its best flavor after about 2-4 weeks.
With this easy-to-follow recipe, you can create your own creamy and flavorful mayonnaise right at home. Enjoy the satisfaction of making it by hand and customize its taste with a homemade herbal vinegar.
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