Making Mayo... Kitchen Fun With Your Kids




About: I have a compulsion to make stuff, all kinds of stuff. I'm glad to be here...

Making mayonnaise is simple and fast. The results are so worth it too. You'll be surprised how tasty homemade mayonnaise is compared to store bought. Once I started making it I never looked back. There's no actual cooking, you're just making an emulsion of egg yolk and oil. There's a lot of whisking involved so I like to get my kids to help me...

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Step 1: Oh Snap!

Out of mayo again!

Step 2: Gather Your Ingredients

You will need:

1 egg yolk*
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1/4 teaspoon sugar
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
1 cup vegetable oil

*Use eggs from a source you trust- don't want to get salmonella now. (super low chance anyway)

Step 3: Combine

Stir the lemon juice and vinegar together in a small glass.

Put the dry ingredients, half of the lemon juice / vinegar and the egg yolk in a bowl.

Add a couple drops of the oil. Just a little bit at first or else you won't get the emulsion to start.

Get out a whisk.

Step 4: Get Your Children

Now that you have everything prepped go get your kids.

Step 5: Ask Nicely

Who wants to help make mayo?

Step 6: Try Again

I'm talkin' to you!
Any volunteers?

Step 7: Apply Pressure

I need to see some action or the iPod gets it!

Oh I got your attention?

Get stirring!

Step 8: Start Whisking

That's more like it!

The trick to making mayonnaise is to stir rapidly and add the oil slowly.  If you have kids you can do this by hand with a whisk, otherwise get a stick blender.  Once the emulsion forms and it's looking gloppy add a little more oil while whisking furiously.  After you've added half the oil add the remainder of the lemon juice/ vinegar.  Keep adding the oil until you have used it up.

Step 9: Success!

When you are done it should look like, well....mayonnaise.

If you didn't get the emulsion and you just have a bowl of egg and oil don't fret. You can save it by getting another yolk and a tsp of acid (lemon or vinegar) in a fresh bowl. Add a few drops of oil, whisk/beat furiously until you get a creamy emulsion. Now you can add the original mixture in slowly.

You can substitute olive oil for part of the oil, add roasted garlic and call it aioli.
Or try other flavors to push this in other directions.


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    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    I usually break the mayo on the first try. The stick blender always makes me over confident. Either I add too much oil in the beginning or too fast later. What I learned though is that you can always save it. You just end up with more!!


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    I get that look a lot...
    I wish I had captured their reactions when I told them they had to help me do an Instructable. :P All of a sudden they needed to finish their homework and practice trombone!!


    7 years ago on Step 7

    very fun instructable!

    just curious at what age were your kids when you first started using the blowtorch. my kids are 4 &6.. I'm wondering when I will need to buy one

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    Reply 7 years ago on Step 7

    I recommend getting one when they discover electronic gadgets. Use it with prudence though- payback's a bitch.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Thank you! I love mayo.I got real sick one time by eating mayonnaise that was too old. Now I can make it as I need it! By the way, I have looked for dry mustard in my area and I can't find it. Is this a specialty item? Sunshiine

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