How To Make Mayonnaise? Let Me Show You Three Ways
Are you wondering how to make mayonnaise? Tired with the store-bought version or have health concerns?
You are not alone. Many people have started to make their own mayonnaise and are pleasantly surprised that the texture and taste are so much better. Homemade mayo also do not have chemicals and additives.
What is mayonnaise?
It is basically an emulsion of raw egg yolks with oil, preferably a light flavored oil.
People have complained that their mayonnaise refuses to emulsify leaving them with an oily eggy mess. The cause of this is that the oil was added too quickly.
The problem with telling people this answer is that they start focusing on the oil instead of the condition of the emulsion. It is not whether you stream, spoon or drop the oil into the egg mixture, it is how well the egg mixture is absorbing the oil.
Focus on the emulsion.
Start by whisking the egg and seasonings, then add a tablespoon or 2 of oil. Whisk until the oil has disappeared into the egg before adding oil again. Every time you add oil, whisk until the oil has disappeared before adding again.
Don't hope that the oil will combine with the egg and keep adding the oil. If the emulsion is splitting, stop pouring the oil.
There are several ways to make this yummy spread:
1. Whisking by hand
The video below shows how mayonnaise is made by hand whisking. The amount made was small which resulted in a fairly yellow spread. The more oil is added, the paler the mayo gets.
2. Using a traditional food processor
If you have a food processor or blender. Use it. It frees your hands to control the flow of oil into the mixture. See how it is done in the video below.
3. Using a stick blender or immersion blender
This is, in my opinion, quite a dangerous technique. If your whisking skills are inadequate, you will definitely end up with a gooey mess. You also can't change your mind about the quantity of mayonnaise you want to make.
There are a few crucial points NOT to be missed when using this technique:
- Use a narrow glass or mixing container
- Wait till the egg and other seasonings have settled to the bottom of the container
- Insert the stick blender all the way to the bottom checking that it is surrounded by the egg mixture
- Start with the lowest pulse setting and pulse only a couple of times at a go
- Always check that the emulsion is at the bottom of the container and not floating to the top
Time to make some mayonnaise
I hope there is enough information here for you to try your first batch of homemade mayo. Use this basic no-frills mayonnaise recipe.