The mayonnaise of old is a simple recipe with healthy, wholesome ingredients. A homemade mayonnaise recipe is so simple that you really only need two ingredients to make it: eggs and oil. Unfortunately, the majority of mayonnaise available in the store is made with cheap, unhealthy oils, mainly soybean oil. Soybean oil has become almost a staple in the current Standard American Diet. Out of the 28 billion pounds of edible oils that Americans eat annually, 65% of it is soybean oil (Source). Couple its regular appearance in our foods and an understanding of the harmful effects of soybean oil; and we find ourselves in desperate need of a healthier alternative.
Making the Switch to a Healthier Diet
When you make the switch to a healthier diet, most of the items in your refrigerator just flat out need to go. You don’t want to have them lingering around, taunting you from dark corners. And you certainly don’t want to think that just because something is labeled “gluten-free” or “sugar-free”, that it is a healthy option. Nor do you want to choose to replace everything in your diet with a healthier version and find yourself completely overwhelmed with never-ending tasks in the kitchen because the “healthier” version at the store costs twice as much.
Instead, just understand that you have to let go of a lot of items. It may be hard at first, but let them go. C’est la vie (for all my Louisiana readers).
However, there are some things that are just staples that you need to find a solution for. For me, that is mayonnaise. I don’t need store bought salad dressing. I am not much of a ketchup person. But mayonnaise is another story.
Mayonnaise is a staple in my refrigerator. I love deviled eggs. I love homemade honey mustard dressing. I love mayo on my burger with pickles. And I am going to stop listing food now, because it is making me hungry, but you get my point.
What is a girl to do with a love of mayo, a healthy diet that does not include soybean oil and a little RV kitchen?
She asks her Mom what to do…naturally.
I took a homemade mayonnaise recipe she has, and made my own version that I can make with my tiny Ninja blender.
Homemade Mayonnaise Recipe
- 1 Cup oil (I like 1/4 C extra virgin olive oil and 3/4 C avocado oil)
- 1 egg + 1 egg yolk
- 2 T fresh squeezed lemon juice (about half a lemon)
- 1/2 t sea salt
- Place your egg and egg yolk, lemon juice and salt in a blender. Blend to combine.
- Now comes the tricky part, we need to slowly add the oil to the egg mixture.
- I have a small Ninja blender – it does not allow me to add oil while blending, which is the preferred method for making mayonnaise. I actually did not think that my blender would work, because you really need to add the oil slowly to the egg for it to emulsify properly. But, a lack of space to store a different blender forced me to try it, and it works!
- If you have a normal blender, then you just want to add the oil slowly to the egg mixture (like a teaspoon at a time) while blending until it is all combined.
- If you have an option like me, then you are going to add the oil in small increments, start with just 1 tablespoon. Then, increase to about 2 tablespoons at a time. Blend between each addition, only about 5 seconds. It will start out looking thin, but as you build up the oil content, it will begin to gel and become the mayo you know and love. Once it has gelled, you can add the oil faster – 1/8 C at a time until all is combined.
Fancy Up Your Homemade Mayonnaise Recipe
Just because we live in a RV, does not mean we don’t like a little fancy in our lives.
After following the steps above, add any additional flavorings you like to make a fancy homemade mayonnaise recipe. I like fresh minced garlic, mustard, dill or other herbs. I like to stir in any flavorings at the end by hand.
The only real downside of this recipe is that it will not keep long. 3-5 days in the refrigerator. A far cry from the store bought version, but remember that is because it is much healthier for you. The store bought hydrogenated oils are used to preserve the life of the product, but partially hydrogenated oils are terrible for our bodies. Partially hydrogenated oils = trans fat.
Hope this healthy homemade mayonnaise recipe helps you to make the switch to eating healthier oils for better wellness. Thanks for joining me for another Self Care Sunday! I will see you next Sunday for another wellness related article!
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Did you know that the FDA allows companies to have up to half a gram of trans fat per serving, but it can still be listed as 0 grams trans fat? Sneaky.
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