How to Make Mayonnaise
Perhaps the most important element of learning how to make mayonnaise is the technique. This is because the main ingredients used – oil and lemon juice - naturally repel each other. It takes effort and know-how to keep these ingredients together until they turn into good mayonnaise. To make 2 cups of homemade mayo, you will need:
- 1 egg whole
- 2 egg yolks
- 1 tsp. mustard preferably Dijon
- 1-2 tbsp. lemon juice freshly squeezed
- ½ tsp. salt
- 2 cups olive oil
You can use a stand mixer or manually blend the mustard, egg, yolks, salt, and lemon juice. Do this until the mixture becomes creamy.
Continue to mix and start adding oil drop by drop into the creamy mixture. Add one drop of oil every 30 seconds. Make sure that you are beating or mixing fast enough if you are doing this manually.
When the mixture thickens, you can continue to pour remaining oil in a thin, slow drip in 5-10 second intervals to ensure it mixes well.
Stop the blender and taste. If your mayo is too thick, add drops of lemon juice and blend until the consistency desired is achieved. If too thin, add droplets of oil.
Scoop mayonnaise into a jar, close tightly and refrigerate for later use or serve immediately.