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Mayonnaise in a Minute

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We don't use much mayonnaise in our house but occasionally we want some for salads, sandwiches and sashimi tuna. Lots of mayonnaise recipes are tedious and difficult but if you have an immersion blender, it's a really quick process. I'll put the recipe after the video.

 
 
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Step 1: Ingredients

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1 cup of vegetable oil 
1 whole large egg
1 tablespoon vinegar
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon mustard powder
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Some folks use blends of oils like olive oil, canola oil and the like. I just use store brand vegetable oil and it works out great.

I don't know if this recipe would work with a pasteurized egg. I'm not that worried about salmonella but I know some folks are.

I've tried different kinds of vinegar and I find that ordinary apple cider vinegar works best and I get the best texture at the end.


Step 2: Mix it up

In a tall, cylindrical container, add the egg, oil, seasonings and vinegar.

Without turning it on, plunge the immersion blender to the bottom of the container. Make sure the blades of the blender go directly over the egg yolk. Turn on the blender, hold it there for a few seconds then slowly pull the blender to the top of the mixture. Lower the blender to the bottom again. Repeat these gestures one or two more times to thoroughly blend the oil into the mixture.

It's as simple as that. You have fresh, homemade mayonnaise without preservatives, hydrogenated oils or artificial ingredients.

Cover with plastic wrap or put in a clean jar with a lid. It will keep in the refrigerator for about 4 or 5 days.
patatarium1 month ago
So simple !
darus672 years ago
Actually the egg yolk is a natural emulsifier.

Experimenting with different flavors is fun. Different oils, like olive oil, have distinct flavors. Balsamic vinegar, or red wine vinegar add different flavors.
Then you can play with different herbs & spices, too.

Lemon juice is another common ingredient I've seen in place of part of the vinegar in mayo recipes.

For commercial products I prefer Miracle Whip brand over plain mayo. I've found that if I add a little sugar and a little more lemon juice to my mayo I get a flavor more akin to Miracle Whip.
Nirgal38 (author)  darus672 years ago
You are right about the emulsifier. However, if one is using the slow method of drizzling in the oil, it's not quite good enough at the job to keep the oil from separating out.

I've tried using lemon juice and, for some reason, the mayo winds up a lot runnier. I also prefer the taste with apple cider vinegar.

Thanks for the feedback. It gives me ideas for future recipes. And it's my hope that people use this as a starting place for their own creative recipes.
SinAmos2 years ago
Thank you. This is very helpful. I've been meaning to get one of these hand-blenders for a while.
kenbob2 years ago
quick, easy, well documented. and with stuff almost everyone has.
This is great! I had no idea it was easy with an immersion blender.
Nirgal38 (author)  jessyratfink2 years ago
Thanks! We no longer use commercial mayonnaise at all. Something I didn't mention is that this contains no preservatives because the salt and vinegar are largely for flavor. It also has no hydrogenated oils so it's a lot better for you if you can't live without your mayo.

Now it's going to look a lot different because it's going to have fairly large flecks of pepper throughout it but, in my opinion, it looks all the more appetizing for it.
What would you estimate the shelf-life to be? Also, for Salmonella concerns, check this out: "if you’re an average consumer, you might encounter a contaminated egg once every 84 years."
Nirgal38 (author)  Cat on my Lap2 years ago
I use it within 5 to 7 days days on the outside. And thanks for the information regarding salmonella. As I said, I really don't worry about it.